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Have you Been Arrested for RMV Fraud in Massachusetts? What is RMV Fraud?

If you have been arrested for RMV Fraud in Massachusetts you should act fast and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Why is it so important to take steps to protect yourself? An accusation of RMV Fraud is serious and can have life-changing consequences. License fraud is the most commonly known type of RMV fraud and it is a felony in Massachusetts.

What is License Fraud?

License fraud involves falsely obtaining, stealing, counterfeiting or in any way making use of a falsely held license to operate motor vehicles, a learner’s permit, certificate of registration of a vehicle, identification card, among other documents. Massachusetts deals with this crime extremely severely. If the charge results in a conviction, you can go to state prison for 5-10 years, pay a fine and have your license suspended.

RMV Fraud in Massachusetts

RMV fraud in Massachusetts can take many forms. In recent news, a former manager of the RMV service center in Boston and a driving instructor were charged with extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion and honest services mail fraud for allegedly taking money to pass people on their multiple-choice learner’s test and paying a road test examiner at the Brockton RMV Service Center to misrepresent that driver’s license applicants had passed their road test.

These charges could result in up to 20 years in prison. In addition to license fraud, RMV fraud can involve many such serious crimes like identity theft, mail fraud and wire fraud, some of which may be federal crimes and all of which carry hefty prison sentences and fines.

If the RMV believes you have committed license fraud they can check their database using facial recognition technology to match faces they have on record with license holders. The RMV Registry Special Investigators work with the Massachusetts State police to identify and charge suspected fraudulent license holders. The Massachusetts State police may file criminal charges and the Registry may suspend your driver’s license. Facial recognition software has many issues with potential racial bias and it may mis-identify suspects. If English is not your first language you may fail to respond to the RMV’s Notice of Compromised ID letter leaving you without a license and facing criminal charges. An accusation of RMV fraud can involve other serious crimes, and it could impact immigration status.

At Dhar Law, LLP, we are experienced Boston RMV fraud defense attorneys who have defended countless cases in state and federal courts. We are especially responsive to people with language barriers. We provide translation services in multiple languages to ensure that your rights are protected. If you are being investigated by the Massachusetts state police for license fraud or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our RMV fraud defense attorneys so we can get to work on your case.


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