Operating After License Suspension in Maine

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If a driver is convicted of OUI in Maine, one of the penalties that they face is license suspension. Depending on the seriousness of the crime and the person's criminal record, a license suspension period can be anywhere from a few months to several years. Luckily, there are a few laws that allow a driver to get a temporary license. If you have lost your license due to an OUI or OUI related conviction, an OUI defense attorney may be able to help you get some driving privileges restored.

Obtaining a Restricted License in Maine

What is a Restricted License?

Under Maine law Title 29-A, section 2501, a driver who is issued a restricted license can only operate a vehicle to commute to and from a treatment program or to their job. In some cases, the driver may be allowed to also drive other places such as school to medical appointments, but this is left to the State to decide. A person is eligible for a restricted license if either of the follow apply:

  • Their license was suspended due to a first time OUI conviction and
    • At least 2/3 of their suspension has occurred
    • They have notified the Secretary of State that their alcohol and drug program has been completed.
  • Their license was suspended due to refusing to take a chemical sobriety test under Implied consent laws and
    • They have served at least 180 days of their suspension
    • They have notified the Secretary of State that their alcohol and drug program has been completed.

Maine Work-Restricted License

According to Maine law Title 29-A, section 2503, if a driver has their license suspended due to having a blood alcohol concentration over .08% or being intoxicated by drugs, they may be eligible for a work restricted license. Juvenile drivers who lose their license because of violating the zero tolerance law may also be eligible for this license. A work-restricted license also the offender to drive to and from their home to their job if they can show proof that:

  • It is necessary to drive to their job from their residence or within the scope of their job
  • No other means of transportation are available
  • They have not had their license suspended for OUI within the past 10 years

A work-related license will be immediately suspended if:

  • The driver is adjudicated or convicted of another driving offense
  • The driver violates the terms of the restricted license
  • The driver does not complete the alcohol and drug program within the time frame given
Getting a Special License in Maine

Under Maine law Title 29-A, section 2502, a driver whose license has been suspended due to any of the following convictions can receive a special license or permit if they are a first time offender and have completed a drug or alcohol treatment program approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.

§ 3314 – Disposition

§2411 – Criminal OUI

§2453 – Suspension for excessive alcohol levels

§2453-A– Suspension for drug intoxication

§2472 – Juvenile OUI or OUI related offense

§2521 – Chemical test refusal

If you have had your licensed suspended, contact our offices for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you.

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