The Driver Evaluation and Education Program (DEEP) is a requirement prior to reinstatement for people whose license has been suspended for an alcohol or drug related motor vehicle offense.  Typically, The DEEP is a three-part program.

Part One – 20 hour Risk Reduction Program which is the education component of DEEP.  The focus of the education portion is on high-risk alcohol and drug choices. The cost for the Risk Reduction Program is $300.00.  This typically takes place over the weekend, and is offered in many locations throughout the state.

Part Two – Most likely, after completing part one (education), participants will be referred to a DEEP-certified service provider to receive a clinical substance abuse evaluation.

Part Three – If a substance abuse issue is detected at the above-mentioned evaluation, the individual will be referred to counseling, which is required in order to satisfy the Maine DEEP requirements.

If your license has been suspended as a result of a charge or conviction for Operating Under the Influence, it will be a requirement that you complete DEEP (and pay a $50.00 reinstatement fee) before your license can be reinstated.

Typically, it is best to start the Maine DEEP as soon as practical after being charged with Operating Under the Influence.  For example, on a first offense OUI, an individual is eligible for an Ignition Interlock Device after 30 days of the suspension has been served, and the individual has completed DEEP and paid the reinstatement fee.

If you’ve been charged with a driving offense, such as Operating Under the Influence or Driving to Endanger, contact Attorney Eric Thistle today.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general information about Maine law. The publication of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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