Many drivers are unaware of the serious consequences that can result from a traffic conviction. Operating to endanger, negligent or reckless operation, driving without a license and operating under the influence are all criminal violations. Speeding, running a red light or stop sign, failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk and swerving over the line are all civil in nature, but if you are found responsible, the financial impact can be severe.
If you need legal representation to protect your rights and minimize the damage caused by an alleged criminal and civil traffic violation in Quincy, Canton, or across Massachusetts, we can help. At Sweeney and Associates, LLC, we have extensive knowledge of traffic law and, even more importantly, a long history of success defending drivers from all walks of life.
Our attorneys bring more than 20 years of combined experience working with individuals who have been charged with operating under the influence (OUI, also known as DUI or DWI) and a variety of other traffic offenses, including:
Fight each traffic citation you receive at the time the police officer gives it to you by appealing the ticket. Once you receive a notice informing you that your license will be suspended, it will be too late to fight it. You will be able to contest only the accuracy of your driving record, not the citation itself, if you want to request a hearing on whether your license is being properly suspended.
To avoid a license suspension, you should appeal the ticket citation (which costs $25), hire a skilled attorney to represent you and fight the ticket. If you fail to fight the ticket, then it will go on your driving record, and you will be one step closer to having your license suspended. Our lawyers are responsive to traffic ticket defense cases throughout Massachusetts 24/7.
You only have a certain amount of time to appeal the ticket. Contact us today to find out what you need to do to preserve your driving record and fight the ticket citation. We will determine if your ticket was issued properly and legally. If the officer skipped certain steps or improperly gathered information, the ticket may be dismissed or, at the very least, the fine may be reduced.
The do's and don'ts of traffic citations:
We protect your livelihood when we protect your driver's license. Being unable to drive can severely limit your freedom and economic opportunity. If you are a commercial driver, losing your license will also mean losing your job!
When your license has been suspended or revoked by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you must apply for a hearing to have it reinstated. A court order in some instances is not binding upon the RMV. You need an experienced attorney to defend your license.
To reinstate your license or your right to operate, you may need to appear for a hearing at an RMV site. To be prepared for your hearing, contact our office to ensure that you have done everything you are required to do to get a hardship license.
If you had a hearing at the Board of Appeals and received a letter of decision rescinding or modifying the registrar's actions, you may appear at any registry branch for reinstatement. Please bring the letter of decision with you. If your license was suspended or revoked, a reinstatement fee will be due when your license is reinstated. This fee ranges from $100 to $1,200, depending on the offense.
Please contact us online or call us at (617) 300-0212 to speak with one of our Quincy criminal defense lawyers. We are responsive 24/7, offer fixed and hourly billing rates, and accept all major credit cards.