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Losing Your License in Maine

When a person is convicted of a driving-related offense in Maine, one common penalty they often receive is driver’s license suspension or revocation. This is a big concern to offenders because without their license many people have no way of getting to and from work, school or other obligations. For those reasons it is important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as a person is accused of a crime in order to make sure that they get the best possible results. Common issues that affect your ability to drive include the following categories.

Driving on a Suspended License in Maine

Many people who are sentenced to license suspension or revocation choose to continue to operate a vehicle. If they are caught by police driving on a suspended or revoked license they will face penalties including longer periods of license suspension. In addition, if any other offense was committed such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can face additional charges for these crimes.

Maine Conditional License

After a person who has lost their license due to OUI conviction has their license reinstated, it will only be a conditional license for several years. This means that a person with a conditional license can face charges for driving with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system.

Driving Without a License in Maine

Under Maine law, all the residents must have a valid driver’s license in order to operate a vehicle. If a person is stopped by police and they do not have a driver’s license, they can be charged with a criminal offense. This includes underage drivers and people who never applied for a driver’s license as well as Maine residents who have never updated their license and still have out-of-state licenses. Driving without a license in Maine may seem like a light traffic violation but it is actually a class E offense and can result in up to 180 days of jail time.

Getting Your License Back in Maine

With any type of license suspension, the good news is that Maine does offer temporary licenses. There are special licenses and restricted licenses that are offered to people who have lost their license due to a criminal sentence. A restricted license will allow a driver to continue to commute to work, school or treatment programs without violating the law.

Maine Habitual Traffic Offender

A person who has had multiple driving-related convictions in a short period of time, specifically, three major offenses within a ten year period, may be labeled as a habitual offender. Habitual offenders face a lifetime license revocation if the court continues to believe that the driver is a danger.

Call an OUI Attorney Right Now

If you have been accused of a driving-related crime in Maine, it is important that you understand your rights. Even a minor charge can sometimes lead to long periods of license revocation or suspension. Attorney William T. Bly can not only help you fight these criminal charges but he can also assist you in getting a restricted or conditional license. Call our office right now and speak to attorney William T. Bly to find out more.

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