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What Happens if an Officer Doesn’t Immediately Give Me a Ticket?

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According to the “no-fix” law in Massachusetts, an officer must give you a ticket as soon as possible if you commit a traffic offense, according to Mass G.L. c. 90C §2.

If an officer does not give you a ticket immediately, even for an OUI or DUI, you could have grounds to dismiss the traffic violation. You should consult with an OUI attorney in Massachusetts immediately.

There are exceptions to this, however. If it could take longer to determine what the violation was or if an accident reconstruction expert is necessary to determine whether a crime occurred, police could be justified in not giving you a ticket immediately.

If an officer told you that you might be charged with OUI, that might be enough.

If you’ve been charged with OUI in Massachusetts, you should contact an attorney immediately to begin preparing your defense. Contact me today – I’d be glad to help.

My office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, but I handle criminal cases, including OUI in all Massachusetts courts. Contact me at (617) 295-7500.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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