Bitter flaw in Melanie's law

Bitter flaw in Melanie's law

There are 84 comments on the Boston Herald story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Bitter flaw in Melanie's law. In it, Boston Herald reports that:

“I think (Melanie's Law) is making a difference but all you have to do is Google OUI, Massachusetts and lawyer and you'll see what we're up against”

D ozens of repeat drunken drivers are exploiting a gaping loophole in Melanie's Law to dodge the toughest penalties by bundling their cases together to escape harsh felony convictions, a Herald review shows. via Boston Herald

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rick

United States

#64 Apr 7, 2011
come on lets hear from the Registry of Motor vehicles CORPORATE OFFICERS or are you scared to join the forum!
Francis

Shelburne Falls, MA

#65 Apr 7, 2011
My previous DUI's happened some 34 years ago returning from vietnam. And the most recent was 4 beers in 6hrs. Nothing in between that time.
But i got 8 yrs loss and 2 with the interlock after that. They don't care its all about the moneys.
Francis

Shelburne Falls, MA

#66 Apr 26, 2011
Wow just saw where someone got 2 and a half yrs for attempted murder. Should have used the life time look back on him. I am sure he would have gotten alot more.
I am sure that will be coming soon as well.
I just can't figure out why no one has started to do somthing about this.Can't we send it to Boston for a vote at least. What is it going to take.
rick

Wilmington, MA

#67 Aug 14, 2011
don't you lazy ass politicians agree that there needs to be an update of the drinking laws? if you
were in that situation then you would be squirming to find a way out of it. the law only works if it benefits you right?.... come on man up! lets hear what you have to say if you have the guts!!
Rhonda

Portsmouth, NH

#68 Aug 25, 2011
I am doing my essay on drunk driving laws (melanie's law) I am getting more and more angry with the way that people have been treated so sorry for all of you- 42yrs Prior- that was the longest -YES tell these politicians to do something so people can get a hardship license- the breathalyzer what a joke- and $$$$ have you all not paid enough of course you have- what happens if yu have copd or asthma or diabetes the results will be false- what about painters etc.. fumes the device- come on -I sure hope you all vote to repeal this $$$$$$$ making pyramid.... I wish you ALL the BEST
Dax Malone Strikes Again

Northbridge, MA

#69 Aug 31, 2011
You people should really sit back and look at what you're posting on here.. All you people in this ridiculous chat forum are guilty of drinking and driving, By you people whining and crying in here do you think you're gonna change anything..?? The states will tell you what and when to do things ok.. YOU'RE ALL GUILTY OF DUI'S and that's why you're here, You Simply got what you deserve,Next time you fools should think before you drink and have a designated driver, You people are just showing us really how responsiable you are, YOUR NOT.. Now with that said HAVE A VERY NICE DAY,and oh by the way, I'AM NOT A DUI ADDICT LIKE YOU PEOPLE, I work in Emergency Management in the State of Massachusetts and I'am proud of our local and state police agencies for taking people like you OFF MY ROAD...!!!!!!!
Dave

Westborough, MA

#70 Aug 31, 2011
Thinks Dax Malone Strikes Again ought to read the posts before he opens his mouth to spew the Kool-Aid zombie crap he believes.
Craig

Northampton, MA

#71 Aug 31, 2011
Dax Malone Strikes Again wrote:
You people should really sit back and look at what you're posting on here.. All you people in this ridiculous chat forum are guilty of drinking and driving, By you people whining and crying in here do you think you're gonna change anything..?? The states will tell you what and when to do things ok.. YOU'RE ALL GUILTY OF DUI'S and that's why you're here, You Simply got what you deserve,Next time you fools should think before you drink and have a designated driver, You people are just showing us really how responsiable you are, YOUR NOT.. Now with that said HAVE A VERY NICE DAY,and oh by the way, I'AM NOT A DUI ADDICT LIKE YOU PEOPLE, I work in Emergency Management in the State of Massachusetts and I'am proud of our local and state police agencies for taking people like you OFF MY ROAD...!!!!!!!
Learn how to spell you retard. YOU'RE an idiot, people who text and drive and use cell phones are over 5 times more likely to kill somebody than a drunk driver. Where's their Melanies law? Oh wait, thats probably you Mr emergency management guy. Get a clue before spitting out your two cents. It's fools like you that keep this country buried in debt and denial and allow people like Bush to get into office. It's mind boggling to think that you even have a job.
rick

United States

#72 Aug 31, 2011
hey dax- for your information i don't have a dui never convicted and i have friends who are cops. i can't agree with a law that really is based on research on a few people over the decades and based on emotions. it's a tragedy when someone is killed by a drunk driver. that individual should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. but don't go after everyone who drives a vehicle on the road in massachusetts. people take things too far to an extreme.. i don't think people should be considered guilty before they have a chance to plea their case.i've done a lot of research on it for college.theres alot of modern day prohibitionists out there who want no drinking period! but the alcohol industry is this country's biggest revenue and money maker for the government. so think before you speak.
Dax Malone Strikes Again wrote:
You people should really sit back and look at what you're posting on here.. All you people in this ridiculous chat forum are guilty of drinking and driving, By you people whining and crying in here do you think you're gonna change anything..?? The states will tell you what and when to do things ok.. YOU'RE ALL GUILTY OF DUI'S and that's why you're here, You Simply got what you deserve,Next time you fools should think before you drink and have a designated driver, You people are just showing us really how responsiable you are, YOUR NOT.. Now with that said HAVE A VERY NICE DAY,and oh by the way, I'AM NOT A DUI ADDICT LIKE YOU PEOPLE, I work in Emergency Management in the State of Massachusetts and I'am proud of our local and state police agencies for taking people like you OFF MY ROAD...!!!!!!!
Fed Up

Haverhill, MA

#73 Feb 1, 2012
Melanie's law is pathetic and a violation of our civil rights. If you are arrested for DUI because you fail a breathalyzer or refuse to take one your license is automatically suspended for 30 days! The cops take your license on the spot! You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, the cops make arrests, only a court can convict you, NOT ANY MORE. So, even if you go to trial and win the case, you still had your license suspended for 30 days and had to pay the scumbags at the registry $500 to get it back. Do they refund you your money if you're found not guilty, NO! WHAT A FUCKING JOKE! We are losing our rights every day and need to stand up to the crooked politicians, judges and cops. This is becoming a police state and I'm tired of jack booted Nazi pigs trampling all over our rights. Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves.
Fed-up

Malden, MA

#74 Feb 1, 2012
My Brother is a cop. He says that the law. Go figure
Dave

West Warren, MA

#75 Feb 1, 2012
And the cops I see in the bars drink all night and get behind the wheel of their cars, and if they stay off the highway and away from the State Police, or don't kill anyone on their own roads, they get away with it. It's a fraternity - and without a badge and gun, you and I aren't in the club.
rick

United States

#76 Feb 2, 2012
they are a club and if it only benefits them their fine with it. nice to know the cops can be criminals and wear a badge. why did you people even become cops? for the power and authority?
shawn

Peabody, MA

#77 Apr 8, 2012
i got charged with oui pot when i was 17 years old {1988} the officer pulled me over for a rolling stop and smelled marijauna he asked me if i had been smoking i told him no my coworkers do everytime i give them rides home he then asked me to go to the hospital for a blood test and i said no said they charged me for oui drugs lost license for two years and thousands of dollars {BEING A MINOR}now 24 years later got pulled over and charged with oui alcohol the judge considered the span in years also oui drugs vs oui alcohol and amended it to oui one but the registry said melanies law TRUMPS any judge in the commonwealth wheres the justice in that. if i knew the laws had changed on oct 28 2005 and applied to people that got charged prior to that law being rewriting maybe people would be less willing to take the risk of having a relaxing drink with dinner
Civa

Malden, MA

#78 May 27, 2012
I'm not hearing enough about the level alcohol in our systems! 99% of ANYONE who goes out to a bar, drinks at a friends house, at a bbq, at a nice romantic dinner etc. is legally intoxicated!!!!!!!!!! How you "feel", has nothing to do with it! I guarantee that ALL of you who have had a loved one hurt or killed by a drunk driver and who still drink yourselves still, drive "drunk" So you are the real scumbags!If you drink at all, don't you dare complain about others who have a problem with this law! It is insane that someone who gets arrested 20 years ago for being barely over the limit should have to be accountable for that time now!!! Drunk drivers are not in anyway automatically "drunks" They are commonly everyday people who drink no more the the average person who happened to get pulled over!! "I made a mistake" I don't believe that! If I had two to three beers in a couple hours, I would consider myself 100% fine to drive!!! AND RIGHTFULLY SO!! Unfortunately I would probably be over the limit. Fine, hit me that once, but 10,20,30 or more years later continue to ruin my life because of that? That's absolutey disgusting insanity!!!!!!!!!!
Bruce

United States

#79 Jul 14, 2012
Puffin1241 wrote:
I was convicted of a subsequent OUI in 2004. I was sent a letter by the RMV 1 year latter I was eligible for reinstatement. I held off and went and paid my reinstatement fee of $500.00, paid the fee to take the Learner's Permit and passed it in early 2006. When I went to schedule the road test I was denied due to the Melanie Law. I could have been reinstated before the law went into effect but did not have the money. Then I paid the state the reistatement fee and other fees and was shut down. I could not afford the maintenance of the "program" and had to sell my cars to pay my mortgage. I was elegible for reinstatement before the law took effect. Does anyone know if I have a case. If not I want my money back because I don't have my license reinstated but the Commonwealth has my money. Thanks
Like you I had an offense in 1992, and another in 2003
I paid the fines, took my lerners permit test, and passed,
I travel alot for work and was not around to take the driving
test, recently I went back to renew my lerners permit, take
test over again, and was told that now I was subject to the
melanie's law, where I would have to buy a car, and have the
IID installed and verified before I could do anything.
I understand that it is a privilege to drive and not a
right. But I feel I am definately being exposed to being
punished twice for the same crime, by a department that seems
to make up thier own rules as they go.
I just cannot understand how if I took the test 7 years
ago I was all set, with no problems.
But now, with nothing different than time gone by
that I am subject to this, They might as well say that
anyone with 2 prior convictions, no matter when, cannot
renew thier liscence with out installing the IID
Jethro bodine

Brewster, MA

#80 Aug 25, 2012
got last oui 2004 haven't driven since lost business lost home . kick in ass CLEAN AND SOBER since 2004. People with money that are walking sideways into AA are getting licences back . BEFORE there eligible . Most people are crispy on drugs prescribed by doctors now too does interlock detect drugs booze is out drugs are in. To all the repeat offenders that cant get sober . Big cup shut the f up . WANA PLAY HARD BALL . Put me on probation test me once a week every week come up dirty just once take my license away . everyone I know is still drinking with interlock HEY tough guys your idiots laws doing nothing . Lets shove this law up there retarded asses. Big p.s can tell the people on here who are still drinking so shut the f up laws gonna get tougher because of you To all you lawyers on here oh its so unjust . Stop being money grubbing whores and fix it or shut the f up. All out of money thanks to useless as tits on nuns lawyers might have price of bullet and thats it for my head . thanks so much for kick in ass for getting CLEAN & SOBER
sally

United States

#81 Oct 10, 2012
my 2 dui's happened 26&28 yr's ago lost my license 2years went to classes 2wks in facility. it smartened me up have been working,law abiding citizen,now when i go to renew my licese they are going to make me pay again,&get and pay for ignition lock. they will have to lock me up,and when i get out,i will not be looking for away to make an honest living.why don't they go after all the rich doctors that push pain pills and people are dying from.oh ,in politicans embrace!
fred

United States

#82 Dec 3, 2012
what will ma make me do to get my license here since my oui was in my home state before i moved here. will i have to get an iid before they issue me a license
melanie hater

Peabody, MA

#83 Feb 21, 2013
this state sucks instead of people going to schools and killing inocent children there is the (RMV)REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES and mr. powell just saying

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