All vehicles must have insurance in Massachusetts. Massachusetts law requires a minimum amount of coverage. It is a crime to either operate without insurance. Also, it is a crime to allow someone else to operate your uninsured vehicle on a public way.
Often, someone operating an uninsured vehicle is not even aware that their insurance had lapsed. Unfortunately, this is not an appropriate defense. However, it may be a mitigating factor in resolving the case.
Penalties for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts
Anyone convicted of driving without insurance faces jail. It can be up to one year in jail. Also, there is a minimum fine of $500 but up to $5000. A conviction also carries a minimum of 60 days but up to a one-year driver’s license suspension.
The outcome of each specific case largely depends on your criminal record, driving history, the specific facts surrounding your charge, and whether or not you have since obtained proper insurance.
Can a Lawyer Help me with an Uninsured Motor Vehicle Charge?
An attorney can explain the criminal process, negotiate with the District Attorney and help you get the possible result for your case. Often times an experienced defense attorney can even convince the district attorney to dismiss the case. An attorney may even be able to keep the charges off of your criminal record.
Recent Uninsured Motor Vehicle Cases
Quincy District Court
The client had been driving for a month with no insurance. When police pulled her over. Then, the officer gave her a citation and summons to court. Attorney Donovan negotiated with the district attorney to dismiss the charges.
Stoughton District Court
The client had let his insurance lapse. Then the police stopped the client. Also, the client admitted to the police he knew he did not have insurance. Attorney Donovan convinced the District Attorney to dismiss the case.
Massachusetts Uninsured Attorney
Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer Patrick Donovan is a former Assistant District Attorney who has helped many people with uninsured driving cases. Many times Attorney Donovan has been able to convince the district attorney to dismiss the case with little or no court cost. Attorney Donovan has experience in over fifty courts in Massachusetts. Call today for a free no-obligation consultation.
Massachusetts Uninsured Motor Vehicle Lawyer
Call the Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan today for your free initial consultation at 617 479-1800