While driving can be fun, it is also a highly regulated through statutes in the Commonwealth. Driving without a proper license is a criminal offense in Massachusetts.
If you have operated a vehicle without being licensed or unknowingly let your license expire and have been charged with this offense, please call my office for a free consultation, and to learn how I can help.
To be guilty of this offense, the individual must operate a motor vehicle on a road which is dedicated to public use, as a highway, private roads under statutory authority, or park road.
Basically this means any operation of a motor vehicle by someone unlicensed, no matter where it takes place in the Commonwealth, can result in a charge of this crime. An owner of a vehicle who allows an unlicensed driver to operate their vehicle can also be held liable under this statute. The government does not have to show that the offender “knowingly” committed this offense.
The simple fact that you cannot produce your license upon being stopped does not give the government sufficient reason to charge you with this offense. Usually the government will look into the Registry of Motor Vehicle records prior to making a charge.
There are 7 exceptions to a charge of operating a vehicle without a license:
Operating a vehicle without a valid license is a criminal charge in Massachusetts, and a conviction can result in a fine of up to $500 (or up to $1000 if the license was revoked) and possible incarceration. If you simply forgot your license (but you do have a valid license) you may be able to produce your license later and get your ticket dismissed.
Being found guilty of unlicensed operation can have a number of negative consequences. Besides the potential of jail and a fine, a guilty finding for this offense can result in a loss of license, insurance surcharge, and points towards becoming a habitual traffic offender with the potential or a long loss of license. If you are cited for this offense, appeal the citation, contact me to learn more about the options that may be taken.
Attorney Paul M. King has helped hundreds of clients fight these charges. If you have been cited or already arraigned for these charges, contact The Law Office of Paul M. King, P.C. for an experienced Middlesex County Operating Without Being Licensed Attorney to fight for your rights and help preserve your drivers license.