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What happens in court when you appeal your license revocation?

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and have subsequently been required to surrender your license, you may be looking for alternatives to help you get your driving privileges back as soon as possible. Fortunately, the state of Massachusetts does allow you to appeal the decision made by the court. An appeal can be filed via mail or an online platform. 

Once your appeal is received, you will be given an allotted time to attend a court hearing for your situation. According to Mass.gov, your opportunity to represent your feelings and concerns will come after a representative for the courts provides the judge with a brief description of your case. They will disclose what actions you participated in that resulted in the revocation of your license in the first place. This information will be supported by things like your driving history and any infractions you may have received. 

Once the attention is turned to you, you have the opportunity to appeal the court's decision and to persuade them to modify their decision based on the information you provide. Often, a decision will not be made in that court meeting. Rather, the board will reconsider their decision as they take into consideration your thoughts. You will be notified of any changes to the original decision once a conclusion is reached. If the decision is changed, you will be directed to what needs to be done to get your license reinstated. If the decision stands, you will be provided a timeline for when you will be eligible to request reinstatement again. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  


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