The legal term for drunk driving or DUI in Maine is Operating Under the Influence or OUI. If you were arrested for a Maine OUI, an officer believed that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s). The law enforcement officer believed that you were so impaired that you were unable to operate that motor vehicle safely. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater is considered per se, or automatically, driving under the influence of alcohol. In Maine, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater is considered operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC). Below we have outlined the most important information for you to inform yourself about Maine OUI.
Maine OUI Penalties
IMPORTANT: IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING YOUR ARREST – REGARDLESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE ARRESTING OFFICER’S REPORT AND YOUR BAC RESULTS – YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE. THIS SUSPENSION IS GOING TO REMAIN IN EFFECT UP UNTIL THE DAY YOU APPEAR IN COURT.
If you are convicted of a first-time Maine OUI, you can expect to pay fines into the thousands of dollars. Additional penalties can include a 90 day driver’s license suspension and the required installation of an ignition interlock device. An OUI in Maine can also be characterized as “aggravated” if your BAC is .15% or higher, you were driving 30 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit, or having a passenger under 21 years of age. Mandatory jail time and higher fines will be imposed.
If this is your second Maine OUI arrest and you’re found guilty, your driver’s license will be suspended for 3 years. However, you may obtain a license earlier if an ignition interlock device is installed. Additionally, you can be sentenced to significant mandatory jail time. Two-time offenders will be required to carry SR-22 insurance and may be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.
Maine OUI Lawyers
An OUI arrest is not a OUI conviction. Maine OUI attorneys defend OUI offenses and drunk driving cases in Maine. A good Maine OUI attorney or criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you with the two separate cases. OUI attorneys will be able to offer you OUI defense strategies. They will be able to handle both the criminal OUI charges and the case with Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.
General Maine OUI Information
Another penalty that is often overlooked is your driver’s insurance. If you’re convicted of a Maine OUI, you will have to get what is called an SR-22 insurance. Your Maine OUI attorney can discuss what SR-22 is and what it will potentially cost you.