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(Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely) Driver’s License Restored On Appeal After Initial RMV Refusal

Posted on : August 14, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

The registry of motor vehicles is a very powerful animal and recently tried to flex its muscles at my client in what I considered to be a VERY unfair way.

Long story short: In Northampton District Court, I was able to cause the Commonwealth to outright DISMISS the Operating Under The Influence charge that it brought against my client.

When he went to the registry to get his license back, the hearings officer insisted that he attend the First Offense Driver’s Alcohol Education Program before he gave him his license back. That’s the class that someone who is convicted of OUI has to complete while on probation…and pay for it. This is the first time I have ever seen this in hundreds of cases.

We appealed that decision to the Board of Appeals and Bonds and, after a hearing, they overturned the RMV’s decision and gave back my client’s license, in full.

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