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March 21, 2011

Massachusetts Truck Driver Arrested for DUI Charge


Paolo Rogerio Bersan, 39, of Everett, was arrested and charged with Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges earlier this month when his truck was pulled over for being in an area over the weight limit.

Berson arraigned in Dedham District Court on Operating a Motor Vehicle After License Suspended for DUI / OUI.

According to the Wellesley Police Department, an officer in the area of Washington Street stopped the truck allegedly driver by Paolo Rogerio Bersan because the area had a weight limit of 5 tons. Besan's truck was believed to weigh greater than 5 tons, and was eventually weighed and found to be 7.5 tons.

The Wellesley Police Officer reported that Berson could not produce a valid Massachusetts Driver's License, and a check with the Registry of Motor Vehicles revealed that his license had been suspended for a previous Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charge.

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February 20, 2011

Massachusetts Court Clarifies Law on License Suspensions for Repeat DUI Convictions


In a case recently decided by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals concerning the calculation of a driver's license suspension as a result of DUI / OUI Charges, the Registry of Motor Vehicle must calculate the suspension period dating back to the date of conviction, and not the date on which the RMV is notified of the conviction.

In the case of Commonwealth v. William DiGregorio, the defendant had been convicted of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 3rd Subsequent Offense in 2004 (in CT). He was previously convicted of drunk driving in Massachusetts in 1997, and in Connecticut in 2000. Massachusetts DUI laws provide for an 8 year loss of license upon a 3rd drunk driving conviction.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, however, did not learn of the 2004 OUI conviction until December 26, 2007, and then sent him a letter advising him that, effective January 5, 2008, his license would be suspended for 8 years, or until January 5, 2016.

The defendant, however, appealed the suspension, and the Appeals Court agreed with him that Massachusetts Drunk Driving Laws provide that the length of suspension for a DUI conviction must be calculated from the date of conviction, irrespective of when the RMV discovers or learns about the conviction.

The confusion in this case arose from the reporting and notification process concerning the National Driver Register, which is a national database of drivers who have been convicted or had their licenses suspended for serious traffic violations, such as DUI / OUI. When an outside state or jurisdiction suspends someones license, the agency reports that persons names to the National Driver Register. The persons home state, however, typically only discovers the out of state suspension if a specific search of the person is actively pursued.

Given the complexity of Massachusetts OUI Laws, the severe penalties and lengthy license suspensions, persons charged with drunk driving should immediately Contact a Boston DUI Lawyer.

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