In Massachusetts, “Road Racing” is a crime which makes it unlawful to either operate a motor vehicle on a bet or wager or in a race, or to speed for the purpose of setting a record. According to Massachusetts law, a motor vehiclerace occurs when two or more drivers enter into a competition to “excel in the rate of acceleration or in the speed of their respective vehicles.” It is a crime to both participate and to bet on such a race.
What Is Road Racing in Massachusetts?
In order to prove these charges against you, the district attorney may provide circumstantial evidene indicating that you were involved in road racing. That is, there does not need to be direct evidence of an agreement to race, as long as the circumstances strongly indicate an intent to race followed by an actual race. Even if you were driving in an area without a posted speed limit, you can still be charged with road racing so long as it occurred on a public way, as Massachusetts law requires you to operate at a reasonable speed.
Road Racing Penalties in Massachusetts
If you have received a citation for road racing, it is important to contact a defense attorney experienced in motor vehicle crimes right away. Road Racing is not just a civil motor vehicle infraction; it is a crime. Even if you are able to resolve it by paying a fine, it will go on your criminal record and you can face a possible license suspension.
Massachusetts Road Racing Attorney
Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Patrick Donovan is a former prosecutor who both misdemeanor and felony crimes. If you have been charged with racing in Massachusetts call today to schedule a no obligation consultation.