Old Criminal Charges Dismissed and Warrant Vacated
1978 Charges and Warrant for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol;
Operating with a Suspended License;
Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle: Warrant Vacated and Charges Dismissed.
A man went to the RI Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to renew his driver’s license, which he had done many times in the past. While there, DMV officials declined to process his renewal application claiming that he had an unknown restriction on his driving privileges due to an open case in Massachusetts. Confused and bewildered by this news, the man traveled to the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to make inquiry. RMV officials advised the man that a warrant existed for his arrest in the Attleboro District Court arising from a 1978 case charging him with Operating under the Influence of Alcohol, Operating with a Suspended License and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Further perplexed, the man visited the Court Clerk’s Office to make further inquiry and was advised that no such records existed. Obstructed from renewing his license and unable to get a straight answer from the Court regarding the matter, the desperate man turned to Attorney John L. Calcagni III for help.
Aside from the obvious inconveniences associated with not having a license to drive, the man’s spouse suffered from serious health issues and relied on her husband for transportation to and from medical appointments. This highlighted the urgency of the situation. With only days until the man’s license expired, Attorney Calcagni was required to act quickly. He hastily contacted the District Attorney’s Office to advise of the situation and to negotiate a resolution. He successfully persuaded the District Attorney’s Office to enable him to voluntarily surrender the client and dispose of the matter. Criminal Attorney John Calcagni then appeared in Court with his client to both surrender and vacate the warrant, which has apparently been pending for nearly 36 years. Attorney Calcagni also drafted and filed a motion to dismiss the matter, which the Court granted.
Overall, his efforts were successful. The man’s warrant and criminal case have been resolved and most importantly, his driver’s license has been renewed.