Maine DUI Conviction and Canadian Travel
Under Canadian law, a DUI conviction in Maine (or elsewhere in the U.S.) can make you an inadmissible person. An inadmissible person cannot visit or stay in Canada because they have been convicted of certain crimes in, or outside of, Canada.
DUI offenses that make you ineligible for Canadian travel:
- Conviction for impaired driving offense
- Suspended license for excessive blood alcohol levels
- Conviction or license suspension for failing to take a breath, blood or urine alcohol test
- Outstanding warrants and pending charges or trials for impaired driving offenses
The United States government shares driver license and court records with Canadian immigration authorities. If you are traveling to Canada, you should assume that the Canadian government will find out about any DUI charges you have or will face.
You may still enter Canada legally if:
- Ten years have passed with no other indictable offenses
- Five years have passed since your last offense and apply for rehabilitation status
- Less than five years have passed; you can apply for a temporary resident permit. which requires a fee
Note: Attorney Foote does not practice in Canada. This information is for advisory purposes only. Please contact the Canadian Consulate with questions regarding Canadian law and inadmissibility.
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OUI – Operating Under the Influence: legally correct term for drunk or drug-impaired driving in Maine; applies not only to motor vehicles, but also snowmobiles, boats and ATVs.
DUI – Driving Under the Influence: most commonly used term to describe drunk or drug-impaired driving charges.
DWI – Driving While Intoxicated: term used in some states to describe drunk or drug-impaired driving.
For simplicity’s sake, this website typically uses DUI as a catchall acronym for OUI, DUI and DWI.
Disclaimer. Wayne R. Foote Law Offices has published this website to provide information and suggestions, not specific legal advice. The publication of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship between the firm and visitors. Visitors should consult competent counsel in their jurisdictions because local laws and rules may vary from state to state.
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