My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Mass
In Mass, at 18 yrs old I obtained a learner's permit in someone's name and I did get caught and had my right to drive suspended for a year. All documented and nobody is disputing that fact. However, at the age of 30+ the RMV suspended my right to drive because the face recognition software picked up on the two pictures of me the database. I explained to the Mass State Police Special Investigation Unit during my appt with them regarding the false permit that it already resulted in a prosecution and suspension. The Special Investigation Unit hearing officer told me that it shouldn't be a problem and I should go to the RMV to have my right to drive reinstated.
I made my way to the RMV and met with a hearing officer. In summary, she told me after a few meetings with her that the identity that I used to obtain the record had been merged with my driving record. She then told me that she would separate the two records by getting on the phone with the Special Investigations Unit and sorting it out. After I repeatedly pushed for progress on a resolution, she told me that there wasn't anything she could do.
Shortly after, I received a letter from the RMV stating that my license had been suspended for 1 year for a false license and a host of other issues. Turns out that the identity I choose to take, way back when, was that of a habitual offender... so then his offenses appeared on my record.
Of course, I tried explaining to the RMV the error, but they could not see past the offenses on the computer screen to even begin to listen. I then requested a hearing with the Board of Appeals. And after waiting almost 2 months they told me that they could not help me and I should go to the RMV and have them fix the mix up... if there is one.
Frustrated and busy because I just purchased a fixer upper I just decided to wait it out until I had time to really fight it. I would periodically (a total of 9 times over a 2 year period) visit the RMV hoping that someone would hear me out or give me direction, but nobody did. Although, the suspensions expired I refused to pay the $600+ reinstatement fee. Plus, I didn't know if the actions of this guy would still haunt me and I'd have my license taken away again.
Eventually I got the good sense to go back to the Special Investigations Unit and plead my case to them. Well "them" turned out to be the same guy from two years ago that told me that [I shouldn't have anything to worry about. They can't fine you twice because that would be double jeopardy.] He ultimately removed the fee and reinstated my right to drive.
Please tell me I have the grounds for a lawsuit. This has cost me a tremendous amount of hardship and stress. I didn't even receive an apology. I just received lectures on how I deserved what happened to me from RMV employees. I'm almost sure they enjoyed the irony of my pain regardless of the fact that I was only 18 yrs old when I committed the act.