CRIMINAL & DRIVING LAW:
Can my license get suspended even if I have a perfect driving record?
Yes, the Registrar of the Massachusetts of Registry of Motor Vehicles, has the right to suspend or revoke your license, even if you haven’t ever had a single driving infraction or been convicted of a crime involving the operation of a motor vehicle. Your license can be suspended for the following reasons: using a Fake I.D., as an “immediate threat”, not complying with child support obligations, failing to register as a sex offender, having an outstanding default or arrest warrant, failure to pay excise tax on your vehicle and for conviction of a drug offense.
What are the crimes that, upon conviction, can cause my license to be suspended?
Your license can be suspended for: operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating a motor vehicle without authority, larceny of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident where there has been personal injury, leaving the scene of an accident where there has been property damage, operating a motor vehicle to endanger, operating a motor vehicle negligently, motor vehicle homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and of course operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Do I need to hire an attorney for a traffic citation or a criminal charge?
The consequences of a speeding ticket, moving violation or criminal conviction are serious and can result in heavy fines, the possibility of a criminal record, loss of license, and increased costs of insurance. Hiring an attorney has definite advantages. A lawyer knows the legal system and will fight for you. You want a lawyer with a well-known reputation for high quality client service and aggressive representation.
Do you need an Attorney for Family Court?
You are always free to represent yourself. Each court offers a Lawyer of the Day program where you can go and ask questions about what you might need for court. The Lawyer of the Day is a local attorney who is volunteering his or her time for free to help Pro Se Litigants. You can also hire a lawyer just for one phase of the court process, such as to argue a contempt or get your paperwork in order to file for divorce. This is called the Limited Assistance Representation program, and it is now available in ALL courts of the Commonwealth. You can inquire in the Clerk’s Office for a list of local attorneys who are certified to take these types of cases.
One of the drawbacks of representing yourself in court is that as a Pro Se Litigant you are held to the same standards as an attorney. This means that you are held to the standards of someone who has gone to law school and passed the bar exam. You must know the law. If you make a mistake, it can impact the rest of your life or cost you more money when you find yourself needing to hire a lawyer. You wouldn’t pull your own tooth, remove your appendix or wire your own house. You’d hire a professional.