Negligent Operation is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts. Negligent operation is a violation of Massachusetts General Law chapter 90 section 24.
Negligent Operation is defined as driving in a way that endangers the lives and safety of the public. Police may charge it even if there has not been an accident. You may be arrested, have your car towed and make you post bail and go to court.
WHAT IS NEGLIGENT OPERATION IN MASSACHUSETTS?
Negligent operation in Massachusetts has two elements. First, you drove on a public way or in a place to which the public has a right of access. Second, that you did so negligently, so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR NEGLIGENT OPERATION IN MASSACHUSETTS?
The penalty is the House of Correction (JAIL) for not less than 2 weeks or not more than 2 years. A fine of not less than $20, not more than $200, plus a $250 Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund surcharge; or both imprisonment and fine.
If this is a subsequent offense it may not be filed or continued without a finding. Except upon motion and judge’s certificate that such is in the interests of justice.
Also , the RMV may and shall, unless judge recommends otherwise, revoke the person’s driver’s license for 60 days. Or for subsequent offenses within 3 years, for 1 year, subject to reinstatement after investigation. RMV may revoke registration if defendant is owner or has exclusive control of vehicle. The Massachusetts RMV treats convictions of negligent operation as a major violation resulting in 5 surchargeable points.
ARE THERE DEFENSES?
Yes there are legal defenses. In fact, there are many defenses to negligent operation charges in Massachusetts. Also, the harsh consequences of jail and license loss can be avoided if there is no conviction. An experienced attorney can help you with your Massachusetts negligent operation criminal charge.
MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
Attorney Patrick T. Donovan represents many clients who have been charged with motor vehicle crimes including negligent operation. Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Patrick T. Donovan fights for the best possible outcome for each and every one of his clients.
As a former prosecutor Attorney Donovan knows the strategies district attorneys use when trying to get a criminal conviction. Mr. Donovan uses his prior knowledge as an Assistant District Attorney to his clients’ advantage.
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