Motor Vehicle Crimes
BOSTON MOTOR VEHICLE CRIMES: CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND BEST INTERESTS
When being charged with a motor vehicle crime, it’s not uncommon for a person to be charged with multiple offenses and to be sentenced to punishments for each. When facing one or more motor vehicle charges in Massachusetts, it’s important to quickly hire an experienced attorney who can reduce the charges against you and ensure the least possible punishment.
There are multiple types of motor vehicle charges that can be brought against you, and it’s important that your criminal defense attorney understand your exact charges and whether these charges against you are just.
HIT & RUN
A hit & run charge occurs when an individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident and then subsequently flees the scene before the police have arrived. The law in Massachusetts states that anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether it be with another driver or pedestrian, must stop and exchange contact information with the other party and try to call for help if necessary. The penalties for fleeing the scene can range from a simple traffic ticket, to being ordered to pay the other parties’ damages, paying other fines, probation or even jail time. In a worst-case scenario where a victim is seriously injured or dies due to a hit & run accident, the offending driver will be charged with a felony.
Additionally, if a driver hits a parked car or other property it is his or her responsibility to leave a note for the victimized property owner including a description of what happened, the damage seen by the at-fault driver, and the at-fault driver’s contact information. Failure to leave such a note is also considered a hit and run accident.
If you are being charged with a hit an run ticket, it’s important that you seek out a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible to avoid jail time or other penalties.
If an individual causes a car crash that results in the death of an individual due to their illegal or negligent driving, the offending driver can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. This could be the result of drunk driving, speeding, or reckless driving. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, this could be a felony or misdemeanor. Again, should you be charged with vehicular manslaughter it’s important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
DRIVING TO ENDANGER OR RECKLESS DRIVING
Driving to endanger simply means driving in a reckless or dangerous manner. This could mean speeding, going to fast during harsh weather or construction conditions even if within the posted speed limit, driving while under the influence of alcohol but not above the legal blood alcohol content limit, driving with more people in the vehicle than the number of seatbelts available, and other danger driving behaviors. This is a misdemeanor charge, but can also be reduced with the help of a criminal defense attorney.
DRIVING WITH A REVOKED OR SUSPENDED LICENSE
If your license is suspended or revoked permanently, and you continue to drive, you can be charged with driving with a suspended license. In Massachusetts this is a misdemeanor charge that carries a $500 fine and/or jail time of up to six months; however if you have a prior criminal record or other circumstances your penalties could be affected.
THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE
If you unlawfully take another individual’s vehicle, by means of taking their keys, by means of carjacking or other force, or by fraudulent theft such as paying for a car with counterfeit checks or identity theft you could be charged with motor vehicle theft and should immediately hire a criminal defense attorney.
WHAT TO DO WHEN CHARGED WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE CRIME IN MASSACHUSETTS
If you are charged with any of these crimes or another motor vehicle crime, it’s important you hire a reputable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help lessen the charges against you, or even get them dismissed entirely.