Sunday, June 1, 2008

Did you know...?

Did you know that a prior suspension of your driver's license by the Maine Secretary of State for an OUI or OUI related offense counts as a prior conviction for sentencing purposes? No? Well, neither do most people.

If your license was suspended for a .08% BAC and you WON the criminal trial, you have a prior conviction for sentencing purposes... even though you beat the criminal charges!!! That means the next time you get charged with an OUI, the DA can use that against you, which places you in jeopardy of a mandatory 7 day jail sentence if you were to plead guilty on the new charge or lose the case following a trial.

I would encourage you to seek legal counsel if you've EVER been charged with an OUI in the past, even if you haven't been convicted. You should know where you stand and understand that your case may be charged as a 2nd offense. Don't take any chances with your future or your freedom.

William T. Bly, Esq.
Maine OUI Lawyer