Maine uses the term “driving to endanger” instead of “reckless driving.” A driving-to-endanger conviction requires proof that the motorist was:
A driver doesn’t need to endanger someone outside of the vehicle to be convicted: endangerment of the driver or a passenger in the driver’s vehicle is sufficient.
The consequences of a Maine driving to endanger conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are:
A driving-to-endanger conviction will also add two demerit points to the motorist’s driving record. Accumulating 12 or more points within a year leads to license suspension.
In Maine, it’s possible for a person who’s accused of operating under the influence (OUI) to “plea bargain” for a lesser charge. When an OUI is plea-bargained down to a reckless driving (or driving to endanger) charge, it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”
The facts of every case are different. If you’ve been arrested for or charged with driving to endanger, get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on how best to handle your situation.