Woman charged in the Bristol County Taunton District Court for:
- Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle – M.G.L. c. 90, § 10
- Unregistered Motor Vehicle – M.G.L. c. 90, § 9
Massachusetts State Police responded to a multiple motor vehicle car accident on Route 140 in Taunton, Massachusetts. One of the vehicles involved was operated by a woman. Upon running her information, police discovered her motor vehicle registration was expired and her license was suspended for Driving Under the Influence in Rhode Island. Because of this, her privileges to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts were revoked. Police filed an application for criminal complaint against the woman in Taunton District Court. The woman received a summons to appear for a Clerk-Magistrate’s Hearing. She retained Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Attorney, John L. Calcagni III, and his team to represent her at the hearing.
Case Result: Criminal Complaint to Be Denied.
In preparation for this event, Calcagni and his team gathered several documents to present in support of the woman’s defense, and most importantly, an order from the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal granting her a hardship license to drive from her home in Rhode Island to her place of employment in Massachusetts. Although Rhode Island did not have the legal authority to do this, the order was persuasive to the Clerk-Magistrate, and he did not issue the complaint. In the alternative, he agreed to hold the matter open for six months. If the woman is not arrested, cited for any traffic citations, and reinstates her license and registration during this time, the application for criminal complaint will be denied in six months and the matter will be closed.