False Statement in License Application

Falsifying information in any regard is an immoral act, however, when an individual falsifies information on an application for a driver’s license or any other state issued form, it becomes a criminal offense. In fact, by submitting an application containing false or inaccurate information can result in that person being charged with False Statement in Massachusetts Driver’s License Application under M.G.L. c. 90, § 24 [2][a] and possibly even face charges of perjury. The penalties associated with this crime would depend upon the nature of the false information and one’s intent for committing the crime. While some instances of submitting false information on an application are merely accidental, such as situations where the person may have incorrectly copied the information from one document to another. Instances such as these are not punishable under this law. Instead, the law concerns itself with those who purposely falsify information on an application, and those who purposely falsify information on an application with the use of false documentation. For example, one who presents false documentation as to age in order to illegally obtain a license or a state identification card for the purposes of obtaining alcohol would be held in violation of this law, and subject to the following penalties upon conviction.

M.G.L. c. 90, § 24 [2][a] provides that any individual who makes false statements in an application for such a Massachusetts drivers license or Massachusetts learner’s permit, or whoever knowingly makes any false statement in an application for registration of a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be held in violation of this this law. A conviction for a first offense shall punishable by the following:
  • A fine ranging from $50- $500, or
  • Imprisonment for not less than 30 days nor more than 2 years, or 
  • Both fine and imprisonment.
A conviction for a second offense shall be punishable by the following:
  • Imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or
  • Minimum mandatory imprisonment in a house of correction for 30 days, but no more than 2.5 years, or
  • A fine not to exceed $1,000, or 
  • Both such fine and imprisonment.
Any individual found guilty of a third or subsequent offense in Massachusetts for providing false information in a license application committed within 5 years of the earliest of his two most recent prior offenses shall be punishable by the following:
  • A fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000, or
  • Imprisonment for not less than 6 months nor more than 2.5 years in a house of correction, or
  • Not less than 2.5 years nor more than five years in the state prison, or
  • Both fine and imprisonment.
In order for the defendant to be found guilty of this offense, the prosecution must be able to prove three elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. The defendant made an application for a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state identification card in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  2. In that application the defendant made a statement which was false; and
  3. The defendant knew that the statement was false when he or she made it.
Boston, Massachusetts False Statement/Divers’ License Defense Lawyer
Patrick J. Murphy, Esq. is a skilled criminal defense lawyer practicing in the greater-Boston area with nearly 20 years of experience defending clients accused of ordinary and serious motor vehicle crimes. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony motor vehicle offense such as making a False Statement in a License Application, you need an aggressive Boston, Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer  with the experience and resources to avidly defend your rights and obtain the best possible outcome in your case. At the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy we are fully prepared to fight any motor vehicle offense charge and we provide all clients with professional, expert legal representation. Call Attorney Patrick J. Murphy today for a free initial consultation at 617-367-0450 or email him directly using our online contact form.
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