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What is Driving to Endanger in Maine?

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What is driving to endanger?

Can I get that if I’ve been charged with an OUI?

There’s a common misconception out there that driving to endanger is an automatic drop down from an OUI. Driving to endanger is a Class E misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. What it means if you have driven your car in a criminally negligent manner.

You have essentially put yourself, property, or other people potentially in danger. So driving to endanger is a serious charge. It is oftentimes associated with a drop down from an OUI, but it’s by no means a guarantee. Again, it’s a Class E offense.

It’s a motor vehicle offense, which means, if you are convicted, you have not only a criminal record, but you have the points and Bureau of Motor Vehicle record associated with that conviction.

It is actually a fairly serious charge, though not to the same degree of severity as something like operating under the influence. For more information or to speak with an attorney regarding your “driving to endanger” charges, Call or email The Maine Criminal Defense Group today.

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