If you are an out-of-state driver, the Court and Maine BMV cannot suspend your license, but they can suspend your privilege to operate a vehicle inside Maine. However, in my experience, even home states that have not joined the Driver License Compact will learn of your suspension from sources such as the National Driver Registry and take similar actions against your license.
What this means for your driver’s license suspension in Maine is that you need to act promptly in order to restore your license as quickly as possible. I can help achieve that. There are a few tactics we can take to shorten your loss of license time. Depending on the circumstances, suspension can be dramatically reduced or avoided altogether.
Protecting Your License After a Maine OUI Charge
Maine DMV license suspension must be handled swiftly. You will be automatically sanctioned with a 150 day suspension of your driving privileges (first OUI) unless you contest the action by requesting an Administrative Suspension Hearing.
You will receive a Notice of Suspension from Maine’s Secretary of State informing you of the suspension and the date it will take effect. You have the right to contest this suspension before a Hearing Examiner, but to do so, the Secretary of State must receive a written request for an administrative hearing within 10 days of the date your suspension starts.
Requesting the administrative hearing can have major advantages for you, the most significant of which are:
- Delaying the automatic license suspension;
- Dismissal of suspension action if you win at the hearing;
- Preview of the state’s evidence against you;
- Possibility of providing reasons to persuade the DA not to move forward with the criminal case.