Immediate Threat License Suspension - Attorney Steven J. Topazio
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Immediate Threat License Suspension

The Client was charged with OUI Drugs and reckless operation of a motor vehicle after officers observed the client smoking what they believed to be a marijuana blunt.  When the officers approached the client’s motor vehicle, the officer reported that he could smell a strong odor of burnt Marijuana. The officer retrieved the burning Marijuana blunt from the client.  After arresting the client, the officer suspended the client’s driving license as an immediate threat.  Attorney Topazio caused his client to appeal the license suspension to the Board of Appeals.  Under the Massachusetts immediate threat law, if the Registrar determines that the operation of a motor vehicle poses an immediate threat to public safety, the Registrar can revoke a driver’s license, or right to operate immediately for an indefinite period. Today, Attorney Topazio persuaded the Board of Appeals to restore his client’s driving privileges and cancel the immediate threat suspension despite the pending criminal charges.