Maine Criminal Speeding Charges

207-571-8146

Speed Limit Laws in Maine

Defense Attorney Representing Drivers in Bangor, Biddeford, Portland, Augusta and Saco

Speedometer

There are strict laws that drivers must obey when it comes speed limits. Under Maine Criminal Code Title 29-A section 2074:

An operator shall operate a vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper having due regard to the traffic, surface and width of the way and of other conditions then existing.

Most roads and streets have posted speed limit markers. If a driver fails to obey the speed limit laws, they may be subject to a traffic infraction. In some circumstances, however, a driver can go over the speed limit restrictions so badly, that they will face criminal charges. This is referred to as Criminal Speeding.

Criminal Speeding in Maine

According to Criminal Code Title 29-A section 2074.3, a person who operates a vehicle more than 30 miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit can be charged with criminal speeding.

In order for a criminal speeding charge to be placed, police must document three facts:

  1. The stated speed limit of the road
  2. The actual speed that the driver was operating at
  3. That the actual speed was 30 mph or more over the legal speed limit

Maine law Title 29-A section 2075.4 lists the ways that a driver's speed can be measured. They include:

A. Radar;

B. An electronic device that measures speed by radiomicrowaves, laser or otherwise; or

C. A device that measures, in any sequence, a selected distance traversed by a motor vehicle operated by the law enforcement officer and the time required by another motor vehicle to traverse that same distance, and computes therefrom the average speed of the other vehicle.

Penalties for Maine Criminal Speeding

Criminal speeding in Maine is a Class E offense. The recommended sentencing for a Class E conviction is as follows:

  • A maximum of 6 months of incarceration and/or
  • A maximum fine of $1,000 and/or
  • A maximum length of one year of probation
  • An administrative license suspension of at least 30 days

It will be up to a judge to decide exactly what a person's sentence is, and their decision will be influenced by factors like the driver's criminal history, the circumstances of the offense and the prosecution's recommendation. In addition, a criminal speeding conviction counts towards habitual violator status which can lead to license revocation.

Criminal Speeding and OUI

If a driver is convicted of operating under the influence (OUI) in Maine and they were also speeding 30 mph or more over the limit, they will face additional penalties. For example, a first-time OUI offender faces no minimum jail sentence if convicted, but will face a minimum of 48 hours of jail time if they were also “exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more”.

Maine Criminal Speeding Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for criminal speeding in Maine, call our office right away. Criminal defense attorney William T Bly can assist you in fighting the charges that you face. Every case has defense options and an experienced attorney is the best way to make sure you have the strongest defense.

Recommendations

  • Recommendation

    Bill Bly is very professional, does his homework and he is very thorough. And his staff is the same. He and his staff returned all my phone calls and kept us abreast of the progress in our case. I highly recommend him. Read On

  • William Bly won't let you down!

    I will with out hesitation recommend Bill to anyone !!! He fought diligently for a year to ensure me the best results possible and to avoid trial. In the end Bill saved me my career and kept me out of jail. There is really no way to fully express my gratitude. Bill and Ann are always easily ... Read On

  • Very Dedicated Attorney

    Bill was very dedicated to my issue and worked with me to get me the best possible outcome. Bill and his law office kept me well informed on developments on the situation and was very upfront with me, gaining my trust and confidence in his skills helping me get through the process. I highly reco... Read On

WTB Law

Here at WTB Law, we provide professional and aggressive criminal defense representation that exceeds the expectations of our clients and secures their freedom and their future.

Contact Us Today

What distinguishes our firm from the numerous law firms throughout the state is that we genuinely care about the well-being of our clients. Because Attorney Bly is a sole practitioner, every client receives hands-on and personalized attention from Attorney Bly and our staff throughout the entirety of their case.

50 Adams Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 571-8146
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 08:00am - 05:00pm

Menu