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Defending your Massachusetts speeding ticket

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Unlike many other states, in Massachusetts a speeding ticket or moving violation is a strictly civil matter. This means that you, as the defendant, do not have all the same rights of someone who is accused of speeding in Massachusetts that you would in a different state. The major differences between defending a Massachusetts speeding ticket in Massachusetts traffic court and one received out of state are as follows:

  • Your case is not heard before a judge but a magistrate
  • In the magistrate’s court there is a lesser burden of proof on the part of the state (by a “preponderance of the evidence” instead of “beyond a reasonable doubt”
  • The officer who wrote the ticket does not come to court so you cannot cross-examine
  • You as the defendant can be compelled to testify
  • There is a no plea bargaining policy
  • If you are found guilty you have a right to a trial de novo (a new) before a regular judge where the officer that issued the speeding ticket must appear

Because of the way the court is run it is more important than ever to retain counsel to defend a Massachusetts red light ticket, speeding ticket or other moving violation. Our Massachusetts traffic court lawyers are skilled in using the rule and policies of the court to our client’s advantage. We know what really happens in a MA traffic court, and that is why it is so important to retain our lawyers to represent you.

In the Massachusetts traffic court even though we cannot plea bargain, there is a lot of negotiation that takes place. The police department that wrote the ticket sends a single police officer to litigate all of the tickets from that department. We conference the case with the officer and the magistrate. We present your driving history to them and informally discuss the case and the surrounding circumstances of the stop. Often we can convince the court and prosecuting officer to convert your ticket into a warning. When this happens the case ends right there.

However, sometimes we cannot so we do a trial. Because the arresting officer is not there the ticket itself, as the accusatory instrument, becomes a crucial document. Discrepancies, incompleteness, errors and omissions in the ticket – even minor ones that would not lead to a dismissal before a traffic court in another state often leads to a dismissal before this court.

If we have to do a trial before the magistrate the officer in court presents the case. While we have a right to cross examine, since it is not the officer that wrote the ticket there is not much by way of cross examination that can be done. After the officer rests it’s our turn for you to testify. You do not have to testify; however, since this is a civil court if you choose not to the officer can call you as a witness and so can the magistrate. We can also produce other witnesses. At the close of trial Magistrate decides the case. However, it is not a finding of “guilty” or “not guilty,” but a finding of “responsible” or “not responsible.”

If you are found responsible, you can appeal. However, this is not an appeal to a higher court to review the lower court, but rather a “de novo” hearing (a brand new hearing) with a judge, not magistrate, of the district court. In other words, you get a fresh shot at the case. In that proceeding the officer who wrote the ticket has to appear and the case is handled in a way similar to that in other states.

Typical charges our attorneys defend

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Our attorneys routinely defend all types of moving violations. Some of the more common charges we represent Massachusetts motorists in defending are as follows:

M.G.L. § 89:7C:        Failure to “move over” for emergency vehicle

M.G.L. § 89.4:           Failure to keep right

M.G.L. § 89.4:           Unsafe Lane Change

M.G.L. § 89:8:           Failure to yield right of way / prohibited right turn on red

M.G.L. § 89:11          Failure to yield to a pedestrian

M.G.L. § 89:9:           Failure to obey traffic control signs and devices

M.G.L. § 89:9:           Passing steady red light

M.G.L. § 89:10:         Wrong way on a 1 way street

M.G.L. § 90:14:         Passing stopped school bus

M.G.L. § 90:10:         Operating outside of license class

M.G.L. § 90:8:           Operating in violation of a license restriction

M.G.L. § 90:14:         Turning from incorrect lane / general turning violations

M.G.L. § 90:24:         Hit and run (personal injury and property damage only)

M.G.L. § 90:17:         Speeding

M.G.L. § 90:24I:        Possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle

M.G.L. § 90:7AA:      Unrestrained minor

M.G.L. § 90:14B:      Failure to signal turn

M.G.L. § 90:13B:      Texting while driving

M.G.L. § 90:23:         Operating under suspension of driving privileges

M.G.L. § 90:24:         Operating / driving under influence of intoxicating liquor / alcohol

720 CMR 9.06(7):      Following too closely

M.G.L. § 90:24:         Reckless driving

730 CMR 7.08(15):    Following too closely

730 CMR 7.08(5)(a): Negligent operation

Suspension penalties for MA repeat traffic law offenders

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The Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your MA driving privileges upon the accumulation of convictions as follows:

1.      Getting three speeding tickets within a 12 month period (not a calendar year) – mandatory 30 day suspension.

2.      Three surchargeable events, triggered upon accumulation of a combination of three moving violations and/or surchargeable events within a 24 month period. Out of state convictions are included in the calculation. The suspension can be avoided if a course is taken prior to the suspension effective date, and if the course is not taken it remains in effect indefinitely until a course is successfully completed.

3.      Five surchargeable events, triggered upon any combination of moving violations and/or surchargeable events within a three year period. Out of state convictions are included in the calculation. The suspension can be avoided if a course is taken prior to the suspension effective date, and if the course is not taken it remains in effect indefinitely until a course is successfully completed.

4.      Seven surchargeable events, triggered by an accumulation of any combination of moving violations and/or surchargeable events within a three year period. Out of state convictions are included in the calculation. This causes an unavoidable 60 day suspension.

5.      Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), triggered upon an accumulation of a total of three major moving violations or any combination of 12 major or minor moving violations within a five year period. Out of state events are also included. The law mandates a four year revocation. Upon completion the motorist is required to take a full driver's license exam and pay a $500 reinstatement fee.

Massachusetts driving under the influence / OUI suspensions

For the purposes of calculating OUI suspensions and chemical test refusal revocation periods, Massachusetts has a Lifetime Look-Back Law. The RMV considers your entire history, including out-of-state convictions. The suspension periods in Massachusetts for driving while intoxicated are as follows:

45 – 90 days for a 1st time DWI (210 days if under 21 years of age) if accepted to the alcohol / drug program. 1 year for a first offense OUI drugs or liquor if not accepted to the alcohol / drug program. Upon a 2nd offense, 2 years. Upon a 3rd offense, 8 years. Upon a 4th offense, 8 years. Upon a 5th offense, lifetime.

Massachusetts traffic courts

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Both the initial magistrate trial and the judicial trial occur in the District Court for the State of Massachusetts. There are 14 District Courts in Massachusetts, one for each county. Most counties have more than one physically located traffic court. The advantage of using our attorneys is that we cover traffic and speeding matters in all District Courts of the State of Massachusetts.

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We appear in all county district courts as follows:

·        Barnstable County District Court

·        Berkshire County District Court

·        Bristol County District Court

·        Dukes County District Court

·        Essex County District Court

·        Franklin County District Court

·        Hampden County District Court

·        Hampshire County District Court

·        Middlesex County District Court

·        Nantucket County District Court

·        Norfolk County District Court

·        Plymouth County District Court

·        Suffolk County District Court

·        Worcester County District Court

Barnstable County

Barnstable County has 3 district traffic courts as follows:

District Court Department
Barnstable Division
Main Street, Route 6A
P.O. Box 427
Barnstable, MA 02630

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Barnstable, Yarmouth and Sandwich


Falmouth District Court
161 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written Falmouth, Mashpee and Bourne. 

Orleans District Court
237 Rock Harbor Road
Orleans, MA 02653

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Orleans, Harwich, Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown.

Berkshire County

Berkshire County has 3 district traffic courts as follows:

Southern Berkshire District Court
9 Gilmore Ave.
Great Barrington, 01230

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, and West Stockbridge

Northern Berkshire District Court
111 Holden Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown, and Windsor



Pittsfield District Court
24 Wendell Avenue

P.O. Box 875
Pittsfield, MA 01202-875

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Becket, Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lenox, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Washington, and Windsor

Bristol County

Bristol County has 4 district traffic courts as follows:

Attleboro District Court
88 N. Main St.
Attleboro, MA 02703

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Attleboro,
Mansfield, North Attleboro, and Norton

Fall River District Court
186 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02721

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport

New Bedford District Court
75 N. Sixth Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, and Westport

Taunton District Court
40 Broadway Street
Taunton, MA 02780

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Taunton

Dukes County

Edgartown District Court
P.O. Box 1284
81 Main Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark, Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head), Gosnold, and Elizabeth Islands

Essex County

Essex County has 8 district traffic courts as follows:

Gloucester District Court
197 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Essex, Gloucester and Rockport

Haverhill District Court
J. P. Ginty Blvd.
P.O. Box 1389
Haverhill, MA 01831

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Boxford, Bradford, Georgetown, Groveland and Haverhill

Ipswich District Court
188 State St.

Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950-6637

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham, and Topsfield


Lawrence District Court
Fenton Judicial Center
2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840-1525

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover

Lynn District Court
580 Essex Street
Lynn, MA 01901

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott

Newburyport District Court
188 State Rd.
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950-6637

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury

Peabody District Court
1 Lowell Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Lynnfield &Peabody

Salem District Court
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970

Hears traffic and speeding tickets written in Beverly, Danvers, Manchester by the Sea, Middleton and Salem

Franklin County

Franklin County has 2 district traffic courts as follows:

Franklin County Courthouse

Greenfield District Court

425 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland and Whately

Orange District Court
1 Court Square
Orange, MA 01364

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Athol, Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Orange, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell

Hampden County

Hampden County has 5 district traffic courts as follows:

Chicopee District Court
30 Church Street
Chicopee, MA 01020

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Chicopee only

Holyoke District Court
20 Court Plaza
Holyoke, MA 01040

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Holyoke only

Palmer District Court
235 Sykes Street, Suite 3
Palmer, MA 01069-1190

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Wales and Wilbraham

Springfield District Court
50 State St.
P.O. Box 2421
Springfield, MA 01101-2421

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Longmeadow, Springfield and West Springfield

Westfield District Court
224 Elm Street
Westfield, MA 01085

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Agawam, Blandford, Chester, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Tolland and Westfield

Hampshire County

Hampshire County has 2 district traffic courts as follows:

Eastern Hampshire District Court
205 State St. (Route 202)
Belchertown, MA 01007

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, Pelham, South Hadley and
Ware

Northampton District Court
15 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Northampton, Plainfield, Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington

Middlesex County

Middlesex County has 12 district traffic courts as follows:

Ayer District Court
25 East Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Ashby, Ayer, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford

Cambridge District Court
4040 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA 02155

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont

Concord District Court
305 Walden Street
Concord, MA 01742-3616

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Acton, Maynard and Stow

Framingham District Court
600 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Sudbury and Wayland

Lowell District Court
41 Hurd Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury and Tyngsboro

Malden District Court
89 Summer Street
Malden, MA 02148

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Malden, Melrose, Everett and wakefield

Marlborough District Court
45 Williams Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Marlborough and Hudson only

Natick District Court
600 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01701

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Natick and Sherborn only

Newton District Court
1309 Washington Street
West Newton, MA 02465-2011

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Newton only

Somerville District Court
175 Fellsway
Somerville, MA 02145

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Medford and Somerville only

Waltham District Court
38 Linden Street
Waltham, MA 02452

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Waltham, Watertown and Weston

Woburn District Court
30 Pleasant Street
Woburn, MA 01801

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn

Nantucket County

Nantucket District Court
Town and Country Bldg., 2nd  Fl.
16 Broad Street
P.O. Box 1800
Nantucket, MA 02554

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in all of Nantucket County

Norfolk County

Norfolk County has 5 district traffic courts as follows:

Brookline District Court
360 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Brookline only

Dedham District Court
631 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Needham, Norwood, Wellesley and Westwood

Quincy District Court
One Dennis F. Ryan Parkway
Quincy, MA 02169

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Braintree, Cohasset, Holbrook, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, and Weymouth

Stoughton District Court
1288 Central Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Avon, Sharon, Canton, and Stoughton

Wrentham District Court
60 East Street
Wrentham, MA 02093

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Foxborough, Franklin, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, and Wrentham


Plymouth County

Plymouth County has 4 district traffic courts as follows:

George N. Covett Courthouse
Brockton District Court
215 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Whitman

Hingham District Court
28 George Washington Boulevard
Hingham, MA 02043

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Rockland and Scituate

Plymouth District Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Plympton

Wareham District Court
2200 Cranberry Highway
West Wareham, MA 02576

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Carver, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Rochester and Wareham

Suffolk County

Boston is in Suffolk County. There are a total of 8 traffic courts for Boston and 1 for the rest of Suffolk County as follows:

Chelsea District Court
120 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere

Boston Municipal Court

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court Dorchester Division
510 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court

Brighton Division

52 Academy Hill Road
Brighton, MA 02135

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court Charlestown Division
3 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court

East Boston Division
37 Meridian Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only


Boston Municipal Court

Roxbury Division
85 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court

South Boston Division
535 East Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Boston Municipal Court

West Roxbury Division
445 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Boston only

Worcester County

Worcester County has 11 district traffic courts as follows:

Clinton Division
300 Boylston Street
Clinton, MA 01510

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Clinton, Harvard, Lancaster, Sterling, West and Boylston

Dudley District Court
West Main Street
Dudley, MA 01571

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Webster

East Brookfield District Court
544 East Main Street
East Brookfield, MA 01515-1701

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Barre, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Leicester, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Spencer, Warren, and West Brookfield

Fitchburg District Court
100 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Lunenburg and Fitchburg

Gardner District Court
108 Matthews St.
Gardner, MA 01440-0040

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Gardner, Hubbardston, Petersham and Westminster

Leominster District Court
25 School Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Holden, Princeton and Leominster

Milford District Court
161 West Street (Rte. 140)
Milford, MA 01757

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Mendon, Upton, Hopedale, Milford,  Norfolk  and Bellingham

Uxbridge District Court
261 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569-1690

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in, Blackstone, Douglas, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, and Uxbridge

Westborough District Court
186 Oak Street
Westborough, MA 01581

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Westborough


Winchendon Division
108 Matthews St.
Gardner, MA 01440-0040

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Ashburnham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton and Winchendon

Worcester District Court
225 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Hears traffic & speeding tickets written in Auburn, Millbury and Worcester

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