Are you a permanent resident of Massachusetts holding a driver’s license issued by the Mass. Registrar of Motor Vehicles? Are you accused of an out of state drunk driving charge? Well, if the answer to both the questions is a ‘yes’, then here’s what you need to know!
Getting a DUI in another state means that the privileges you enjoy while driving in and around Massachusetts will cease to exist. The privileges will be revoked as soon as a case is registered. And if your driving privileges are revoked in another state due to DUI, it will also cease to exist in Massachusetts.
The worst part is that even the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will not restore the privileges unless the state where you got DUI restores it first. In simple words, you’ll have to legally resolve your DUI in the state where you got convicted before reapplying for your driver’s license in Massachusetts.
The RMV (Registry of Motor Vehicles) will clear the NDR (National Driver Register) only if you furnish “proof of findings” regarding out of state violation. More specifically, the registry will require you to provide a certified copy of your driving history in the state where the incident took place. Added to that, you will have to provide DUI court paperwork showing the incident date, description of the offense, the outcome of the charges, and the disposition date. It is only after furnishing these pieces of information to the registry, an officer will add the DUI conviction to your case. For this you need to consult an MA Criminal Defense Lawyer
After the out of the state DUI is added to your record, you’ll have to pay the reinstatement fee. The hearing officer will then clear you of the out of state indefinite NDR revocation. Going forward, you may receive an additional license suspension if the evidences are not concrete. If it’s your first time, you may lose your license for a year. A 2nd offense DUI will lead to a 2-year suspension, a 3rd DUI will lead to an 8-year revocation, and a 4th DUI will result in a 10-year loss of license. And, 5 or more DUI will lead to permanent suspension of your license, with zero possibility of renewal.
An MA DUI lawyer is someone who specializes in RMV cases and helps clients overcome the hurdles involved in reinstating their license or get their DUI suspension reduced. Depending on the facts and merits of the case, they always provide advice on how they can turn the case in their clients’ favor.