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Massachusetts License Suspension and Surcharges

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles imposes license suspensions based on an accumulation of civil motor vehicle violations or surchargable events.

Five Surchargable events: If a motorist is found responsible on five civil motor vehicle violations or has five surchargable events which include civil motor vehicle violations within three years, the motorist will have to take a drivers retraining course or incur a license suspension. A surchargable event includes any civil motor vehicle infraction as well as any accident where the motorist is deemed at fault.

7 Surchargable events: A responsible finding on seven moving violations or surchargable events within three years will result in a 60 days license suspension. A motorist does have a right of appeal to the Board of Appeals in order to contest the sixty day license suspension.

12 Surchargable events and habitual traffic offender: A finding of responsible on 12 moving violations with five years will result in the motorist be deemed a habitual traffic offender, incurring a four year loss of license.

3 Criminal motor vehicle offenses will result in 4 year loss of license as habitual traffic offender: Any motorist who is found guilty of three criminal motor vehicle violations, within five years, which include, Operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage, driving on a suspended license, driving without proof of insurance or failing to stop for police, will be deemed a habitual traffic offender and will incur a four year loss of their Massachusetts Drivers License. If an individual has no criminal motor vehicle violations, then a conviction of more than one offense within a six hour period will be treated as one violation.

If you face a license suspension from the Registry of Motor Vehicles or have questions having your driving privileges, call Attorney DelSignore immediately.

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A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
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I cannot express the gratitude towards Michael for his amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael over and over again. Claire