Thursday, July 17, 2008

I have an out of state license...

...what is going to happen to me if the State of Maine suspends me?  Well, that's a complex question.  The answer is that "it depends."  It depends on your home state's laws.  You see, there is no equality of treatment from one state to another.   Depending on what happens here in Maine, your home state penalty might be more lenient or it may be much worse.  It just all depends on your particular state.  Take NJ for example... if you lose your Maine case your insurance in NJ will increase by as much as quadruple over the course of the next 3 years.  In addition, your DMV will assess extremely high fines as well as a lengthy driver suspension.  

The best thing you can do is to fight your case.  Fight the Maine BMV suspension... fight the criminal charges... just fight.  There are no guarantees in life and I can't guarantee that if you fight these charges you will prevail.  However, I can guarantee that if you plead guilty to an OUI, you're going to have a criminal record... and it is going to have some impact on your home state driver's license.  That impact may be more severe than you imagine.

William T. Bly, Esq.
Maine OUI Lawyer