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OUI Defense Lawyers in Camden, Maine

Camden Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers
Facing Operating Under the Influence (OUI) charges in Camden, Maine demands a robust defense, as the consequences are severe. Law enforcement is unforgiving, and the distinction between a lasting criminal record and potential jail time hinges on the strength of your defense.

At The Maine Criminal Defense Group, our steadfast OUI defense lawyers in Camden bring tenacity and a deep understanding of Maine’s OUI laws. We navigate the complexities of the Camden court system, offering a formidable defense to mitigate the serious repercussions of an OUI conviction.

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OUI Penalties in Camden, Maine

Under Maine OUI laws, you are not allowed to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicant. Most drivers know this and many also understand that the legal limit is .08 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

In Maine, you can be arrested and charged with an OUI even if you are within the legal limit. If a law enforcement officer suspects you of operating a vehicle in an impaired way, you will be arrested and asked to submit to certain tests.

Review the potential penalties for operating under the influence charges in Maine.

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

Read More Extensive Guide to OUI and Impaired Driving Penalties in Maine

First OUI Penalties

A “first offense” means that you do not have any prior OUI convictions in any state within the preceding 10 years.

Maine imposes the following set of mandatory minimum criminal penalties for a first offense OUI conviction:

  • $500 fine
  • 150-day driver’s license suspension
  • Misdemeanor on your permanent record

Camden judges frequently exceed these minimum penalties and hand down harsher punishments. It’s important to bear in mind that even for a first conviction, Maine OUI laws allow for a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail.

Penalties for second and subsequent OUI offenses carry harsher minimum and maximum penalties.

BMV OUI penalties

The BMV in Camden doesn’t wait for a conviction before suspending your driver’s license.

If you fail a breathalyzer test with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, the BMV will suspend your driver’s license. This is an automatic suspension unless you contest it by requesting an administrative hearing (in writing) within 10 days of the notice of suspension date.

An OUI lawyer from The Maine Criminal Defense Group can file for and represent you at the hearing, which can be especially beneficial if you live out of state or are busy working.

If you are unsuccessful at your BMV hearing and are later convicted in court, any criminal driving suspension runs concurrently with the BMV one. You serve the suspension only once.

Read More Refusing a Breathalyzer or Chemical Test when Pulled Over for an OUI in Maine

Second OUI Penalties

For a second OUI offense in Maine, it’s considered a Class D crime with potential penalties. The maximum jail term is 364 days, and fines can reach up to $2,000. Mandatory minimum penalties include:

  1. Seven days of mandatory minimum jail time.
  2. A mandatory minimum fine of $700.
  3. A three-year license suspension and loss of the right to register a motor vehicle.

If you refused a chemical test, the penalties become more severe:

  1. A mandatory minimum jail sentence of twelve days.
  2. A mandatory minimum fine of $900.

To learn more about the penalties for subsequent OUI charges in Maine, please review our comprehensive guide or contact us directly.

Underage OUI penalties

For drivers under the age of 21 (the legal drinking limit in Maine), Zero Tolerance laws apply for OUI.

Your license will be suspended by the BMV for any amount of alcohol and, for a first-time OUI, you will face the following criminal penalties:

  • 150-day suspension
  • Driver Alcohol Education (DEEP Program)
  • Reinstatement fees

Read More Underage OUI Charges in Maine

Implied consent penalties in Camden, Maine

You are breaking the law if you refuse a breath, blood or urine test if you are suspected of OUI in Camden and requested to submit a chemical sample.

This is known as the “implied consent” law, meaning that drivers in Maine must submit to a BAC test or breathalyzer when requested by a qualified law enforcement officer. Refusal will lead to an automatic suspension of your driving privileges for 275 days.

For drivers under the age of 21, a refusal means an automatic suspension of driving privileges for 18 months.

Possible OUI defenses in Camden, Maine

If you’re facing an OUI charge in Camden, Maine, the legal process unfolds through the Unified Criminal Docket (UCD) in Cumberland County. Unlike more serious offenses, misdemeanor OUI cases won’t be transferred to the superior court for a jury trial.

Here’s an overview of the key legal steps in the OUI case:

Arraignment

During arraignment in Camden, Maine, the defendant appears before a judge, hears the charges, and enters a plea. This crucial step sets the stage for subsequent legal proceedings in the case.

Dispositional Conference

Approximately six weeks after arraignment, a meeting takes place involving the defense, prosecution, and sometimes the judge. The purpose is to explore whether a negotiated resolution is possible.

Motion Hearing

The defense often files motions, such as to suppress evidence or for additional discovery. These motions must be submitted by the day after the dispositional conference and are typically heard around two weeks later.

Jury Selection

If the case proceeds to trial, jury selection in Camden generally occurs on a Monday a few weeks after the motion hearing.

Trial

The trial is usually scheduled approximately two weeks after jury selection. Before the trial, additional motions may be filed to determine the admissible evidence. Typically, lasting one or two days, the OUI trial process concludes in Camden.

Camden, Maine

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.

Contact an OUI Defense Lawyer in Camden, Maine

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 drunk driving 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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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.

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.

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