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What Is the No-Fix Law In Massachusetts?

Posted on : October 27, 2021, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney

If you were pulled over for a traffic infraction in Massachusetts and the officer did not issue you a ticket on the spot, you may be able to get the charges against you dismissed. Here’s what you should know about Massachusetts’ No-Fix law, how it may affect you after being pulled over by police, and how to get legal help after being charged with a traffic violation.

Definition of the Massachusetts No-Fix Law

In Massachusetts, the No-Fix Law is legislation intended to prevent police officers from manipulating or “fixing” traffic tickets. The No-Fix Law demands that authorities provide you with a written ticket in hand at the location where you were pulled over at the time you were pulled over, with some exceptions.

The traffic infraction should be dropped if you are not issued the written ticket and no exceptions are applicable. The No-Fix Law can be used as a defense to both civil traffic violations and criminal offenses. It’s intended to guarantee that you obtain fast and specific notification of the basis for your alleged infraction, in addition to prohibiting officer manipulation of fines.

Exceptions to the No-Fix Law

In the following circumstances, the No-Fix Law may not be enforced:

  • The traffic offense(s) resulted in a police arrest
  • The traffic violation resulted in vehicular homicide or otherwise caused a death
  • The court determined that extra time was reasonably required to ascertain the nature of the offense or the alleged perpetrator’s identity
  • The court determined that individual circumstances that are consistent with the statute’s purpose justifies the defendant not being provided with the ticket in hand

Do I Need Legal Help for a Traffic Ticket?

Many people mistakenly believe the only way to handle a traffic ticket is to simply pay it. However, you can – and should – fight any charges against you in court, even if it’s a simple traffic ticket. Serious traffic infractions like reckless driving or vehicular manslaughter require the assistance of a seasoned defense lawyer.

Contact Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Kokonowski Today

If you were issued a ticket after the fact in Massachusetts, the No-Fix law may apply to you and you may be able to get the charges against you dismissed entirely. Contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Thomas Kokonoski now for a consultation to discuss your case details by calling 413-585-9200 (Northampton), 413-549-0022 (Amherst), or 413-737-9700 (Springfield).