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Assisting Individuals in Portland Facing DUI Charges with Developing a Strong Legal Defense

A DUI in Maine stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants. The state prosecutor (i.e., the state government) is charged with proving that you are guilty of DUI, and if the State fails to meet its burden, your DUI could potentially be dismissed. Fortunately, there are several legal defenses that you might be able to raise in response to a DUI charge. 

The experienced South Portland DUI lawyers at The Maine Criminal Defense Group can formulate a strong legal defense in your case and present it to the court on your behalf. Please contact us online today to learn more about how we could assist you with defending against your pending DUI charge. 

What is DUI?

Driving under the influence is a serious criminal charge in Maine. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with OUI, or operating under the influence. A person could be arrested for DUI if he or she operates or attempts to operate a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and/or while he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. 

An individual who is ultimately convicted of DUI could receive a prison sentence, fines, probation, and other consequences. These penalties typically increase based upon the number of prior DUI convictions that a particular driver has on his or her record. 

A driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle may also be suspended for a period of time. In many instances, to have the driver’s license reinstated, the driver must satisfy certain requirements, including taking part in the State’s ignition interlock program. 

What Are Some Potential DUI Defenses?

If you are facing a criminal DUI charge in Portland, there are several legal defenses that you might be able to raise in response. Some potential defenses to a DUI charge include the following:

  • That the breathalyzer machine or another device that law enforcement officers used to calculate your BAC was not working properly at the time
  • That at the time of your arrest, you were not actually intoxicated and did not have the requisite BAC to be charged with a DUI
  • That the law enforcement officer who initiated the traffic stop did not have the necessary reasonable suspicion to pull your vehicle over in the first place

In order for a police officer to pull your vehicle over, he or she must reasonably suspect that you have done something wrong. For example, you might have been speeding, switched lanes without using a turn signal, or have a taillight out. 

If you can show that the police officer pulled your vehicle over randomly or without any reason whatsoever, then any subsequent evidence – including evidence of your intoxication – may be subject to suppression and exclusion. In that instance, your DUI case might be subject to dismissal. 

Call a South Portland DUI Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, call the skilled lawyers at The Maine Criminal Defense Group. To schedule a case evaluation and legal consultation with a South Portland DUI attorney, please contact us online to learn more about how we could help.  

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