Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License

Brockton Traffic Violations And Motor Vehicle Offense Attorneys Serving All Of Southeastern Massachusetts

suspended drivers licenseOperating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license is a law that is governed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 section 10. The law states that no one under the age of 16 is allowed to operate a vehicle on a public way in Massachusetts without a valid drivers license.

The law has a further reach than it appears at first glance. For example anyone having a valid learners permit that operates a vehicle after the hours permitted by the learners permit would be in violation of this law. And anyone operating a motorcycle without a valid license to operate a motorcycle will be in violation even though they have a license to operate a motor vehicle. And anyone having a valid drivers license but operating a vehicle without the license in his or her possession ( driver left his her wallet on the kitchen counter and gets pulled over after leaving the house) would be in violation of this law.

In order to prove the offense of operating without a license the commonwealth will have to show the following:

  • The defendant operated a motor vehicle;
  • The defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public way; and
  • The defendant operated the motor vehicle without having a valid license.

The legal definition of “operation” is any intentional manipulation of some mechanical or electrical part of the vehicle — like the gear shift or the ignition — which, alone or in sequence, will set the vehicle in motion.

Charged with Driving Without A License? Talk to An Aggressive Motor Vehicle Violations Attorney For Free

If you have been written a ticket for driving without a license you might think that the easiest way to handle the situation is to just admit to committing the violation and pay the small fine. However, admitting to a traffic violation like this can have an affect on your insurance premiums. It may also be one of the many small traffic violations that when added up can result in a suspension of a license.

No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call us to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 584-6955 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts motor vehicle violations attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm are available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Hingham, Wareham, Middleboro; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Wrentham, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham; and Middlesex County including Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, Newton, Woburn, Framingham, Malden, Chelsea, Everett, Arlington, Medford and Waltham; Cape Cod, Barnstable, Falmouth and Worcester; Essex County including Lynn, Lawrence and Salem; and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury.