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OUI / DUI Defense Lawyers in Camden, ME

Camden Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers

Camden is a resort town along the Maine coast in Knox County. Located about halfway between where the coast of Maine meets New Hampshire and where it meets Canada, near the towns of Belfast and Rockland Camden is a summer colony of out-of-staters.

As a result, its population of 4,850 during the 2010 census is likely misleading. Camden’s status as a summer resort is likely cemented by the activity of the Camden Yacht Club, whose members take full advantage of the gorgeous Camden Harbor.

As could be expected from a Maine resort town, the affluence of Camden’s residents is above the state’s average, boasting a median household income of $51,099, which is above the state’s median of $46,974.

Also unsurprising is Camden’s relatively old population – the town’s media age is 53.5 years, while Maine’s is only 44.

The crime rates in Camden are also what one would expect, particularly for a town in a safe state like Maine. Violent crime is extremely rare, especially when compared to the national average, and property crime is also well below the national average.

Nevertheless, Camden invests heavily in its police force, keeping 2.06 full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents, well above the Maine state average of 1.69.

Camden Court Location

If you get arrested and charged for a crime in Camden, including for operating under the influence (OUI), then your case will be heard in the nearby Rockland District Court. For details on the courthouse and for parking options, please see our Rockland page.

OUI / DUI Penalties in Camden

If the OUI investigation gathers strong evidence of an operating under the influence crime, you could end up getting convicted on drunk driving or drugged driving charges.

The penalties of an OUI conviction continue to change and carry heavier penalties and fines as politicians continue to cater to special interest groups that want to punish drunk drivers.

As a result, the sanctions for an OUI conviction, even one that does not involve a crash or injury,  are shockingly high for the severity of the crime:

No. of Offense (Last 10 Years) License Suspension Jail Time Minimum Fine
1st Offense 150 Days 0 – 96 Hours $500
2nd Offense 3 Years 7 Days $700
3rd Offense 6 Years 30 Days $1,100
4th Offense 8 Years 6 Months $2,100

Prosecutors

Geoffrey Rushlau is the District Attorney for all towns in Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties. This gives Mr. Rushlau the most territory in his jurisdiction out of all of the district attorneys in the state of Maine, and Camden falls within it.

While Mr. Rushlau, personally, takes a tough stance on OUIs, he gives his staff of experienced assistant district attorneys plenty of discretion. As a result, if your OUI charge is being pursued by one of these assistant district attorneys, there might be the option of pursuing a deal for a lesser charge without having to get the prior approval of Mr. Rushlau.

This can open the door to some productive negotiations and eliminate some of the stress that comes with dealing with a charge for OUI. Of course, getting the right attorney involved can make all the difference in the outcome of your case as so many successful negotiations are relationship based.

Contact an OUI / DUI Defense Lawyer in Camden today

Regardless of where you get arrested in the state of Maine, a charge for OUI is serious. The consequences of an OUI conviction can be stiff, with a substantial fine, a tough license suspension, and possibly even jail time.

Having an experienced OUI / DUI defense attorney on your side as soon as possible after an OUI arrest can make a huge difference in the outcome.

Attorney William T. Bly has experience fighting against OUI / DUI charges throughout the state of Maine, and his extensive knowledge of OUI law and how it’s enforced have given him a reputation as one of the state’s best.

Call The Maine Criminal Defense Group at (207) 571-8146 or contact us directly online.

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