Hire a RMV Lawyer to Fight Your Massachussetts License Suspension
If you are facing a Massachusetts Driver's License suspension or revocation, I invite you to contact me for a free consultation and review of your situation. I have helped hundreds of clients get their licenses reinstated by appealing their suspensions to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Division of Insurance Board of Appeal.
You are legally entitled to be represented by an attorney at Registry hearings and at hearings conducted before the Board of Appeal. If you are serious about getting your license back, please contact me to discuss how I may be able to help, as I have done in countless other cases. I have years of experience in representing clients who have lost their licenses and I have a proven track record of success.
Don't suffer with a license suspension or revocation when you may be able to drive legally with either a hardship or full license
Get a Hardship License from the Board of Appeal or RMV
If your Massachusetts Driver's License has been suspended or revoked by MassDOT, you may be able to get a hardship license or early reinstatement of your full license by appealing to the Driver Control Unit of the Registry or the Massachusetts Board of Appeal. A lawyer who specializes in these cases may be able to help you get your license back.
Some suspensions can be appealed to the Registry and others must be appealed to the Division of Insurance Board of Appeal. This depends on the type of license suspension and your driving record. If you have lost your license due to an immediate threat, DUI conviction, 7 surchargeable events, drug violations, an out of state issue, license fraud, or being classified as a habitual traffic offender, contact a Registry Lawyer for a free consultation and review of your situation.
Given the stiff penalties associated with driving on a suspended license, do not risk being arrested and getting an additional loss of license when you may be able to legally drive with a hardship license or an early reinstatement of your full license.
If a Mass. Registry Hearings Officer has ruled against you and refused to reinstate your license, you have the legal right to appeal the decision to the Board of Appeal. An attorney can help you with this appeal process. Complete our contact form or call today to find out more about our legal services.
Ignition Interlock Violation Defense
Melanie's Law requires repeat DUI offenders to use a certified ignition interlock device (IID) during the term of any 12 hour hardship license and for an additional 2 years after getting the hardship restriction removed.
The Registry imposes severe penalties for Ignition Interlock Violations such as 10 year or lifetime license revocations and the RMV enforces the IID regulations with zero-tolerance. Violations which can result in revocations include tampering, circumvention, missed rolling re-tests or failed rolling re-tests. Missed service appointments will also result in the issuance of a hearing notice.
If you have received a letter from the RMV instructing you to appear before the Registry's Ignition Interlock Unit in Quincy, Massachusetts, you should contact a lawyer to discuss your situation. Also, if the Registry has revoked your driver's license due to an IID violation, you have the right to appeal the revocation to the Board of Appeal. The Board has the legal authority to override the revocation and it can order the Registry to reinstate your driver's license. You are entitled to be represented by a lawyer at any RMV or Board of Appeal hearing, including those hearings conducted by the Ignition Interlock Unit in Quincy.
I have successfully represented countless clients at all appellate levels regarding ignition interlock device violations. I understand the program and the Registry's complex IID regulations inside and out. If you are facing a 10 year or lifetime license revocation due to an ignition interlock violation, I urge you to contact me, so that we can discuss your situation and how I may be able to help you keep your driver's license.
If your Ignition Interlock Device has registered a violation, you should immediately document the situation and go to a full service RMV Branch to explain what happened. A Registry Hearings Officer will note your appearance and explanation and this may prevent you from being issued a violation notice. Calling the service provider does not excuse the violation. However, if you call your service provider you should note the date and time of the call, the number called, the name of the representative answering the call, and exactly what was said.
Immediate Threat Revocations
If the Registry has suspended your license under the immediate threat law, you are entitled to a hearing before a RMV Hearings Officer regarding the incident which resulted in the loss of your license and the steps required to get your license reinstated. Indefinite immediate threat revocations are supposed to be used only when allowing a driver to remain on the road would result in a threat to public safety. These revocations are not intended to punish drivers. Instead, they are used to keep an allegedly dangerous driver off the road until the cause of the dangerous driving can be addressed.
Some immediate threat revocations are due to violations of law such as reckless driving or operating so as to endanger, which will generate separate suspensions upon conviction. Other immediate threat indefinite revocations are imposed due to medical reasons. For medical suspensions, the Registry usually requires the driver's treating physician to complete clearance forms after reading the immediate threat complaint, which is usually filed with the Registry by the local or state police. Sometimes, a family member or treating physician may notify the Medical Affairs Branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles of a health condition which impairs a person's ability to operate safely. In these situations, the driver must successfully complete the medical clearance process prior to getting a license reinstatement. Hardship licenses are not available, under any circumstances, for immediate threat revocations.
Having a lawyer represent you before the Registry of Motor Vehicles at an immediate threat revocation hearing can be very beneficial, especially if you need to get your license reinstated as soon as possible. I have been able to expedite the reinstatement process for countless clients who have hired me to handle their cases.
If you have received a letter from the MassDOT Driver Control Unit indicating that your right to drive will be indefinitely revoked due to an immediate threat complaint, please contact me for a free consultation and review of your case.
The Board of Appeal
The Massachusetts Division of Insurance Board of Appeal is a 3 member appellate board which has the legal authority to override and reverse decisions made by the Mass. RMV. This means that if a Hearings Officer has ruled against you, there is an appeal process which you can use to get relief from that ruling. Board of Appeal hearings are much more formal than Registry hearings and you should be represented by a lawyer who regularly practices before the Board.
The laws governing Massachusetts license suspensions and reinstatements are complex and not all lawyers are familiar with them. However, there are a few lawyers who specialize in Registry of Motor Vehicles appeals and who regularly appear before the Board of Appeal. My colleagues and I thoroughly understand both how the Board operates and the legal principles which apply at Board hearings.
If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked and the Registry has ruled against you, I invite you to contact me for a free consultation. The Board is, essentially, the "court of last resort" Therefore, do not make the mistake of going before the Board of Appeal without a lawyer or without the right lawyer.
My office handles the entire Board of Appeal process from filing to decision. Legal services include researching the case, filing the appeal, preparing a hearing memorandum, and presenting the case to the Board at a hearing.
NDR - Out of State Suspensions
In order to prevent violators and offenders from getting licenses in other states when the traffic violator or DUI offender's license is suspended in his or her home state, the U.S. Department of Transportation implemented the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) of the National Driver Register (NDR). This is a nationwide database of drivers who have lost their driving privileges.
If your right to operate is blocked in the NDR, you cannot get a license in any state until the NDR block is removed. A Massachusetts Registry Lawyer can help you with the removal process, which will require going through the hearing process at MassDOT.
Also, if the Massachusetts Registry receives a notice from any other state that your right to drive has been suspended in another state, the RMV will automatically revoke your right to drive here in Massachusetts. Your license cannot be reinstated until you have restored your driving privileges in the state where the suspension originated. The Massachusetts RMV will also suspend your license in Massachusetts if you are convicted of an out of state motor vehicle violation such as DUI, reckless driving, operating so as to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, or if you are a habitual traffic offender.
Because at least two motor vehicle departments are involved, resolving a NDR suspension can be frustrating and confusing. You must satisfy the reinstatement requirements both in Massachusetts and in the state where the offense occurred and the license loss originated. Fortunately, a lawyer who specializes in RMV matters may be able to help you.
If your name is blocked in the National Driver Register due to an out of state DUI or other violation, I urge you to contact me for a free review of your case. I have worked with out of state DUI lawyers to achieve the best possible outcome in DUI and other cases involving the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
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Mass. RMV Lawyers is not a state agency or affiliated with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or Board of Appeal.
We are private practice attorneys who assist clients with Massachusetts License Reinstatement and Hardship License cases.If you are attempting to reach the Suspension Department of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles you can call them at 857-368-8200.