Vehicular Homicide/Manslaughter

Suspensions

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is required to suspend/revoke your learner's permit, license, or right to operate for any convictions of Vehicular Homicide or Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle.

Fatal motor vehicle violations include manslaughter, homicide, and serious injuries resulting from a motor vehicle or boating accident.

The RMV must consider a customer's lifetime driving history when calculating a suspension period for a conviction of a fatal motor vehicle violation. The RMV will consider all fatal motor vehicle convictions, including any which occur in a boat, involving or not involving alcohol or drugs, and including out-of-state convictions, when determining the number of incidents and the associated suspension period.

The following lists the suspension periods and reinstatement requirements for many of the fatal motor vehicle violations.

Please Note: This list is not inclusive of all fatal motor vehicle violations.

Conviction for: 1st Offense 2nd & Subsequent Offenses Massachusetts General Law
Motor Vehicle Homicide* Suspension Period: 15 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 90 Section 24G
Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent or Reckless Operation Suspension Period: 15 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 90 Section 24G
Motor Vehicle Homicide while Operating Under the Influence* Suspension Period: 15 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 90 Section 24G
Motor Vehicle Manslaughter** Suspension Period: 15 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 265 Section 13
Motor Vehicle Manslaughter while Operating Under the Influence* Suspension Period: 15 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 265 Section 13 ½
Boating Fatality while Operating Under the Influence Suspension Period: 10 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 90B Section 8B
Boating Fatality Resulting from Negligent Operation while Operating Under the Influence Suspension Period: 10 years
Reinstatement Requirement(s): Full Exam (Learner's Permit Exam & Road Test)
Suspension Period: Lifetime Chapter 90B Section 8B

* If the Motor Vehicle Homicide or Motor Vehicle Manslaughter conviction involves an Operating Under the Influence, and a customer has a prior Operating Under the Influence conviction or a Driver Alcohol Education Program assignment, his/her learner's permit or license/right to operate will be suspended/revoked for life

** If a customer was convicted of Motor Vehicle Homicide prior to October 28, 2005 (the date that Melanie's Law was enacted), the suspension/revocation period is ten years for a first offense and lifetime for a second or subsequent offense

Preliminary Fatal Accident Suspensions

When notified of a fatal motor vehicle accident that is currently under investigation, the RMV will issue an immediate license suspension/revocation fatal accident preliminary (FAP) in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 29.

If, at the completion of the investigation, you are charged with motor vehicle homicide or manslaughter, the preliminary suspension is reversed off the record and replaced with an Immediate Threat (CIT) Suspension for the charges. See the Discretionary/Mandatory/Public Safety Suspensions section for more information.

If the police file no charges, reinstatement is allowed only after review by the Driver Control Unit Director.

Important Note:

  • The RMV does not grant hardship licenses for this type of offense (Motor Vehicle Fatality).




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