Being arrested for “Operating on a Suspended License” is a difficult and humiliating experience, and I have the experience and expertise to defend you against these charges.

In many cases, you may not have even been aware that your license was under suspension. You may have received a few speeding tickets that you have not paid, or maybe you moved so the registry paperwork never caught up with you. Whatever the reason, I'm sure you were shocked to find yourself being arrested or summonsed to court on a criminal charge.

You can be charged for operating on a suspended license if your right to drive in Massachusetts has been suspended or revoked. In order to convict you of this offense, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following three facts:

1. That you operated a motor vehicle.

2. That your license was suspended or revoked, and

3. That you received notice that your right to drive in Massachusetts had been suspended or revoked.

Penalties for Operating on a Suspended License

Driving on a suspended license may not sound terrible, but it is still a criminal charge and should be taken seriously. A guilty plea on a Suspended License carries with it potentially serious penalties, including jail time and/or fines.

The penalty for a first offense may include:

  • A fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars, and/or
  • Imprisonment for not more than ten days.

The penalty for a subsequent offense may include:

  • A fine of not less than five hundred nor more than five thousand dollars, and/or
  • Imprisonment for not less than 60 days nor more than one year.

Operating on a Suspended License Defense Strategies

Fortunately, there are a number of things that I can do to try to beat a Massachusetts “Suspended License” charge, and keep your record clean. Often I can get these cases dismissed for lack of probable cause at a Clerk’s Hearing. Other times, the police did not cite the driver within the statutory framework or file it in court on time. I also often employ defense motions to suppress on grounds of improper questioning and violation of Miranda rights, or probable cause to stop the vehicle in the first place.

Strategies vary widely from case to case, so please call me to discuss the specifics of your situation, and I'll offer some recommendations to defend your charges. There is never any obligation required to have a phone call or an initial meeting. And, remember, the sooner you talk to me, the more options I'll have to fight to keep your record clean.

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Not only is there is no cost or obligation for an initial consultation regarding your case, but I also have a variety of payment options. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t pick up the phone, call me and start the process of getting your license back right now.

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