Civil traffic charges include speeding, running a red light, crossing marked lanes and most other moving violations. Civil traffic charges typically result in a monetary penalty, which are payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Speeding fines are calculated based upon how far over the speed limit you were going in miles per hour. The minimum fine for speeding is $105, which consists of a $50 head assessment fee, a fine of $50 and a $5 police training surcharge. Then $10 for each additional mile per hour. Beyond 10 miles over the speed limit, the simple formula is: multiply the miles over the limit times 10 + 5. For instance, if you are eleven, miles over the speed limit you would multiply 11 times 10 plus 5 (11 x10 + 5 = 115) which equals $115.00. The fines for speeding in a marked construction zone are doubled. Civil traffic charges do not result in arrest. All citizens have the right to appeal civil citation charges before a clerk magistrate. A citation may affect your insurance, as determined by the Merit Rating Board. A speeding ticket or traffic violation can have long term financial consequences. A single speeding ticket can cost anywhere from $500.00 to $1000.00 over time due to insurance surcharges. Three speeding violations within the span of a year can result in the suspension of your license in addition to extremely high insurance charges every year.

Traffic offenses have significant consequences which cannot be ignored. You do not have to be a criminal to find yourself in trouble with a motor vehicle offense in the Commonwealth. If you have received a traffic citation feel free to contact our office to set up a free consolation. We can be reached at our office at 508.579.8333 or by cellphone 508-579-8333 or by email at.

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