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Immediate Threat - Indefinite License Suspensions

Immediate Threat License Suspensions in Massachusetts

It can be easy to lose your license in Massachusetts. Even simple traffic stops can result in swift penalties. Law enforcement has the option to request that the RMV revoke your driving privileges for an indefinite period of time. This little-known suspension is well-known by police departments across Massachusetts and can have a devastating impact on you and your family.

The suspension is known as an immediate threat suspension. These devastating suspensions are governed by G.L. c. 90 22(a) and (b).  The team at Gilman Law. P.C., has helped hundreds of clients suspended as immediate threats get back on the road. As a former hearing officer, Attorney Gilman and now his team knows the ins and outs of these drastic suspensions.

How are Immediate Threat Suspensions Imposed?

Police officers can recommend this type of suspension if they feel your continued operation of a motor vehicle is a danger to public safety. This can happen after a serious offense, but it can also happen if you simply caught the police officer on a bad day.

All the police have to do is fill out a short form and fax it to the Driver Control Unit of the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Immediate threat suspensions are indefinite suspensions of your right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts. Indefinite means there is no specific date that your license will be reinstated. 

Typically, these types of suspensions begin by a police officer or medical professional sending a request to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The RMV will review the request and suspend or revoke the driver's license. For this suspension the RMV must find that there has been an automobile law violation and that continued operation is a threat to public safety.  

Catch the police officer on the wrong day and he or she could request an immediate threat suspension for something as minor as a speeding violation.

Does the Registry Ever Deny The Suspension Request?

Far more often than not, the RMV will support the police officer's request and immediately suspend your driving privileges. The immediate threat license suspension will go into effect before you as the driver get to contest the suspension and tell your side of the story.  You are deemed to be an immediate threat before any RMV hearing officer even meets you. To make matters worse, you will receive notification of the suspension both by regular mail and by hand delivery when a police officer comes knocking on your door. Only after you have already been suspended can you take any steps to contest the suspension.

While these suspensions were meant to protect the public from serious and imminent dangers, attorney Matthew Gilman has seen an increasing amount of immediate threat suspension abuse. Even minor traffic violations are being met with attempts to immediately suspend driving privileges. If you or someone you love is facing this type of license suspension, take action right away to protect your rights and retain your license. Attorney Gilman has handled hundreds of immediate threat suspensions and helped clients get their licenses back. Call Gilman Law, P.C., today at 978-592-1836 or contact us online for a free consultation.

In some cases, the RMV may afford you just a little bit of flexibility and give you a notice before the suspension starts. Remember, whether you are immediately suspended or afforded 10 days advance notice, your right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts will be suspended for an indefinite period. If the incident which gave rise to the police making the initial request involves any criminal charges, the RMV will oftentimes not consider your reinstatement appeal until the criminal matter has been resolved. Reinstatement conditions will not be determined until the criminal case is resolved. This delay can often take many months to sort out, during which your license is suspended. It is critical to have an attorney who can handle both the criminal matter and license suspension matters.

In addition to having to potentially resolve any criminal matters and to meet any of the RMV reinstatement conditions, there is also a mandatory $500 reinstatement fee.

Starting Your Case To Get Back on The Road

Many Massachusetts drivers are unclear about their rights.  There are no hardship licenses on immediate threats. These are public safety suspensions with no specific end dates. These suspensions and how to get them resolved can be a complicated and confusing process. The RMV in many cases will continue to change requirements time and time again.

Getting back on the road can be done with the help of our team at Gilman Law, P.C. We have helped clients throughout the Commonwealth get through these devastating suspensions and get back on the road. 

At Gilman Law, P.C. ,we understands this system from the inside out. We take advantage of Attorney Gilman's experience as a hearing officer to help our clients get back on the road. We offer practical advice and a clear plan of action. Call Gilman Law, P.C., today at 978-612-6447 or contact us online for a free consultation.

From his Lunenburg office, attorney Matthew Gilman represents clients all over the state of Massachusetts. Fill out the form on this page or call the office today to connect with him and set up a free consultation. Matthew will discuss your case in the office or even in your own home and determine the best way forward for your unique situation.

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