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Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts

Posted by David Newton | May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 10 provides that “[n]o other person shall so operate unless licensed by the registrar.”  Given this it is a criminal offense to drive without a license in Massachusetts.   Further, all people residing in Massachusetts for over 30 days are required to get a Massachusetts driver's license.

To be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crime of unlicensed operation the prosecutor must prove that:

  1. You operated a motor vehicle;
  2. That the operation occurred on a public way; and
  3. That you were not licensed to drive.

Although, the crime of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle does not come with a possible jail sentence, it will still result in a criminal record if convicted and the penalty for a conviction under Massachusetts General Law chapter 90 section 20 is “that any person convicted of operating a motor vehicle without having been issued a license by the registrar shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1000.”

Given the fact that unlicensed operation is a crime it is important to engage a criminal defense attorney.  It is possible to obtain a favorable outcome if experienced counsel is obtained.  The Newton Law Firm is well versed in the crime of unlicensed operation.  Call today for a free consultation at 617-466-6068 or 617-449-7441 or visit

David Newton, Esq.

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David Newton

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. After serving honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, I graduated magna cum laude from State University of New York College at Brockport with a B.S. in Business and Economics. I then continued on to obtain my law degree cum laude from Boston Universit...

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