What is a Habitual Traffic Offender?

A Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) is someone whose driver's license has been suspended for accruing too many traffic violations. The law is codified in G.L. c. 90, s. 22F.

A person can become a HTO in two ways;

1) By being convicted of 3 major moving violations in the course of 5 years; or

2) By being found responsible or convicted of 12 moving violations of any variety, major or minor, in the course of 5 years.

Major moving violations are motor vehicle crimes; such as, OUI, Driving to Endanger, Leaving the Scene, Operating After Suspension, etc.

Minor moving violations are non-criminal traffic infractions; such as, Speeding, Failure to Obey Sign, Failure to Use Turn Signal, etc.

If the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) finds that you are a HTO, your license will be suspended for 4 years. You may apply for a hardship license after one year has passed. In order to obtain a hardship license as a HTO you must attend and complete a safe-driver course. In addition, you must show that you have a genuine hardship and cannot get to work/school/childcare by public transportation.

Henry represents many people charged with Operating as a HTO. He also helps people obtain hardship licenses.

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