Do you live in Maine but work in Canada? Do you travel to visit family living outside the United States? Does your employment require travel abroad at any time? Do you like to travel abroad for your vacation? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could very well be affected by a criminal offense, including an OUI offense.
The answer to the question (Will an OUI affect by ability to travel?) is yes there are certain criminal convictions that can have a negative impact on your ability to travel abroad.
Crimes that can keep you from being able to travel abroad
With Maine’s neighbor to the North, Canada, there are certain convictions, and even certain criminal charges, that can prevent you from being able to cross the border. For example:
- Drunk Driving (OUI)– While Maine considers a first and second offense OUI to be a misdemeanor; Canada considers drunk driving to be a more serious felony level crime and can prevent you from entering for a period of up to 10 years.
- In fact, even an administrative suspension for OUI can prevent you from crossing the boarder into Canada.
- Drug Offenses– Other countries might have an interest in preventing potential illegal drug traffickers from crossing their borders.
- Violent Crimes– If you are convicted of violent offenses, this might also prevent you from being able to travel abroad.
You can get turned away from the Boarder!
It is possible to imagine a situation where you are with a group of friends traveling to Canada for a reunion or you are on a business trip to meet with Canadian clients and you cannot gain entry to Canada because of a conviction stemming from mistake from the past. While your companions can gain entry you cannot. Don’t let this happen to you!
Our committed legal team is determined to take immediate action to seek a positive case outcome. If you or someone you know is charged with any of the types of crimes in Maine described above, I encourage you to contact The Nielsen Group for your free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will take the time to answer your questions and to put your mind at ease as we work with you to determine a defense strategy.
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