Recently the Massachusetts Legislature passed legislation that was signed into law by Governor Baker aimed at allowing those convicted of certain drug offenses to not have a license suspension. Prior to the enactment of this legislation individuals convicted under the 94c Controlled Substance Act had an automatic drivers license suspension ranging from one to five years. In addition to the suspension these individuals were required to pay a $500.00 reinstatement fee at the expiration of the suspension period.
The new legislation which was effective on March 30, 2016, did away with the license suspension for drug offenses that never had anything to do with operating a motor vehicle. Statistic showed that nearly 7,000 people in Massachusetts had a license suspension due to a drug conviction. More often than not these individuals who were suspended to applied for a hardship license were denied at the Registry of Motor Vehicles due to the extremely strict requirements. The new legislation permits these individuals to serve their time, complete probation but also continue to drive, to work to help provide for their families.
People all across the Commonwealth are struggling with substance abuse disorders. The criminal justice system is slowly moving to make important changes in how our criminal justice system treats these individuals. The new legislation will allow these individuals to work, to drive (legally) and provide for their families.
If you were convicted of a drug offense in Massachusetts and lost your license, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Contact Matthew Gilman Law to discuss your family with a former RMV Hearing Officer.