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Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

There are a number of different types of traffic violations which, depending on the offense and whether you have had past convictions, can sometimes carry very serious consequences, including a rise in your insurance rates, suspension of your license, a negative impact on your record, new limits to which types of jobs you are allowed to take, and even jail time. Such offenses could include:

  • Speeding tickets
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a license (or a revoked, suspended, or expired license)
  • Failure to obey a police officer

Penalties range greatly depending on the frequency of violations, but one consistent negative consequence of traffic violations such as speeding is that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will contact your insurance provider and indicate that your rates ought to be raised. Aside from this penalty, you will also face license suspension for repeated offenses, even noncriminal ones - three speeding violations in one year will cause a 30-day license suspension, for example. Five such violations in three years will cause you to be ordered into a Driver Attitudinal Retraining Program which, if not completed within a certain period, will result in a license suspension. The more convictions are racked up on your driving record, the higher your insurance costs and the more likely you are to face a long license suspension. With more serious offenses, such as reckless driving, OUIs, or accidents where you are deemed at fault, penalties are harsher and long suspensions difficult to avoid.

Junior Operator Penalties

If you are under the age of 18, you face an entirely different range of possible violations and penalties. At this early stage in your driving record, you may not be permitted to carry passengers, drive after a certain hour, or, if you hold a permit, drive unaccompanied by a licensed driver. Penalties are strict and immediate, for example:

  • For speeding, you face a 90-day license suspension, a driver retraining course, a $500 license reinstatement fee, and you must retake your full exam. For further offenses, your suspension will be brought up to one year.
  • For carrying passengers before you are permitted by law, you face a 60-day suspension and $100 license reinstatement fee. For a second offense, you face  180-day suspension, a $100 fee, and must attend a retraining course. Penalties are harsher for further offenses.
  • For operating recklessly, negligently, or to endanger, you face a 180-day suspension and a $500 fee. For further such offenses, you face a one-year suspension, must retake a full exam, and pay another $500 reinstatement fee.
  • For using your cell phone while driving, you face a 60-day license suspension, a $100 fee, a full drivers' exam, and a retraining course. Further offenses will lengthen your suspension time.

While often thought of as less serious offenses, many traffic violations can be worth fighting with the help of an experienced attorney, especially when guilty charges may result in the loss of your driving privileges or even more serious consequences.


If you (or a loved one) was issued a traffic violation in Massachusetts, call my office at (781) 436-0316 and speak to a skilled Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer for free.

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