CJ, a 23 year old chef from Andover, was driving home from work when the North Andover Police ran a random license plate check on his vehicle. The check came back that the registration had been revoked for insurance cancellation for non-payment of premiums. The police pulled CJ over. He told them he was unaware that the registration was revoked and he was unaware that the insurance had been cancelled. The police took the plates off the car and issued CJ a citation. CJ did not request a Clerk-Magistrate hearing. That was a mistake as the case could have been resolved by a clerk-magistrate without any criminal summons being issued against CJ. CJ received a summons to appear for an arraignment in Lawrence District Court.
CJ consulted with Attorney Robert Lewin in North Andover. Attorney Lewin explained that a conviction for operating an uninsured motor vehicle carried with it a mandatory loss of license for 60 days. CJ retained Attorney Lewin. One thing CJ had done right was to get the car insured and registered immediately after getting pulled over. Attorney Lewin had CJ furnish to Attorney Lewin a copy of the new registration along with a copy the new insurance policy. Attorney Lewin met with the Assistant District Attorney and showed the paperwork to the Asst. DA. On September 1, 2016 CJ and Attorney Lewin appeared in Lawrence District Court for CJ’s arraignment. The DA agreed to Attorney Lewin’s request to dismiss both the unregistered and uninsured charges. All the charges were dismissed. CJ left Lawrence District Court a happy man.