What Is An RMV Hearing?

What Is An RMV Hearing?

If you were arrested for drunk driving or accused of other certain offenses in the state of Massachusetts, you will need to schedule a hearing with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). This meeting will allow you the opportunity to protect your driver's license from automatic suspension.

There are numerous reasons why the RMV might suspend a driver's license. These reasons include the following:

  • Failure to submit to a Breathalyzer test in order to determine blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • Extreme violations of traffic laws
  • Charges of operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol, technically defined as driving with a BAC that is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent or higher
  • Conviction for certain drug-related crimes such as possession or trafficking

If your license was suspended for any of these reasons or for a different reason entirely, talk to an attorney about your situation. You have the opportunity to schedule an RMV hearing which gives you the opportunity to contest the suspension and possibly keep your driving privileges. Note that if you actually failed the BAC test, you will face a 30-day license suspension. If, however, you refused to take the test entirely, your license could be suspended for up to 180 days.

Talking to a lawyer is an effective way to prepare for the RMV hearing and to attempt to protect your license. Losing your driving privileges is a serious matter. The effects on your life could be long lasting and widespread. How will you get to work, school, or your children's events? A talented attorney could represent you in the hearing and may successfully defend your license.

If you have received a notice in the mail that your license will be suspended by the RMV, call my firm — KRP Law, LLC — right away to schedule a free consultation with a caring Salem criminal defense lawyer who can help you.