In Massachusetts, the police may issue a traffic ticket to a driver for failing to stop or yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Under Massachusetts Law, a driver who does not stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk may receive a fine of up to $200. In addition to the fine assessed on the citation itself, the traffic ticket will also likely cause the cost of a driver’s insurance premiums to rise, may cause employment issues and, if the operator has accumulated multiple tickets within a specific time frame, may even result in a suspended driver’s license. Given the potentially far-reaching consequences of being found responsible for failing to stop or yield to a pedestrian, it often in one’s best interests to contact an experienced Boston Traffic Ticket Attorney to discuss their case.
Fighting a Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk Ticket in MA
If you have been issued a traffic ticket by a police officer or State Trooper, you must request a hearing through the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) by following the instructions on the citation. Once you have requested the appeal, the applicable district court will send you a notice with a date and time to appear for a Civil Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing. On this date, a representative from the police department will present the department’s case to the clerk magistrate. Next, you or your attorney will have an opportunity to respond to the allegations. The clerk magistrate will then either find you not-responsible or responsible and assess a fee. If you do not wish to accept the decision of the magistrate, you may request an appeal in front of a judge.
At a MA Traffic Ticket Judge Appeal, the specific officer who issued the citation must appear in court. The officer will then present his version of the facts to the sitting judge in open court. Next, either you or your attorney will be afforded a chance to cross-examine the officer regarding his testimony. The judge will then allow you or your lawyer to present your defense. The judge may then make a decision in court or may take the matter under advisement and will notify you of the decision through mail.
When fighting a failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, it is important to examine all of the circumstances surrounding the situation. Every factor must be considered when crafting a defense to the accusations made, including, but not limited to, the location of the incident, the layout of the road, the location of the crosswalk, the actions of others, road conditions, and other circumstances.
Massachusetts Traffic Ticket Defense Law Firm
At Caselden Law, we represent clients fighting traffic tickets in courthouses throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We will fully investigate all of the factors surrounding your ticket and will develop a well-crafted legal defense strategy that is specifically tailored to your case. We will be by your side and will present your argument at the initial hearing in front of the Clerk Magistrate and, if necessary, we will zealously represent your interests at the Judge’s Appeal.
We are available to speak with you about your MA Traffic Citation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, we are available to represent our clients on very short notice. Contact Our Office to speak with an experienced Boston Traffic Ticket Attorney about your case.
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