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OUI / DUI Defense Lawyers in Cumberland, ME

Cumberland Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers

Cumberland is a small town in Cumberland County, Maine, with a population of 7,211 as of 2010. Stretching from the coast inland to nearly I-95, Cumberland is only about a dozen miles north of the city of Portland.

The town has a long history as a farming community, but has more than quadrupled in size since 1940, as it’s become an affluent suburb of Portland. Nevertheless, the farming influence has lingered in the annual Cumberland Fair, which has taken place in late September since 1868.

The town of Cumberland is one of the most affluent in Maine, and the county of Cumberland is the most affluent in the state. While the state of Maine’s per capita income is $25,385, the town of Cumberland’s is $33,644.

Perhaps because of this affluence, statistics show that Cumberland is one of the safest communities in Maine, with crime rates far below the state average. With such a low crime rate, Cumberland’s police force has been kept low, as well, with only a dozen officers for the entire population.

While the average number of police officers per 1,000 residents in the state of Maine is 1.69, in the town of Cumberland, this rate is 1.5.

OUI / DUI charges in Cumberland

If you get pulled over and arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) in Cumberland, then your case will be heard by the Portland Unified Criminal Court, in nearby Portland, Maine.

Please see our page on the Portland District Court for more information about the location of the court, parking, and the unique characteristics of the criminal process there.

Be aware that Cumberland PD vigorously enforces Maine’s tough OUI laws and is often engaged in DUI saturation patrols on the weekends.

Cumberland PDs OUI enforcement is notoriously tough. Cumberland PD also tends to arrest more drivers for OUI then similarly situated sized communities throughout Maine.

That aggressive enforcement is likely attributable to a number of factors, including policing policies, federal funding for DUI saturation patrols, and a common overarching theme of needing to appear tough on crime for the local citizenry.

OUI / DUI Penalties in Cumberland

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

Contact an OUI / DUI defense lawyer in Cumberland

Getting arrested and charged for OUI in Maine is a serious accusation, with some serious penalties. Not only could you lose your driver’s license, but you could also be hit with a hefty fine and you could even spend some time in jail.

Luckily, there are ways to vigorously defend against the charge. The police officer that pulled you over needed to have a reason, or a probable cause, to pull you over and start collecting evidence of the crime of drunk driving. If he or she didn’t, and pulled you over “just because,” then you could get your charges dropped by the court. Additionally, much of the evidence that law enforcement uses to prosecute OUI charges is fraught with inaccuracies, despite their insistence that it’s all perfectly scientific.

The best way to fight against the prosecutor’s case, and for your interests, is to hire a professional. An experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in OUI defense knows all of the different ways to weaken the prosecutor’s case, specific to the OUI context.

Attorney William T. Bly is one of the best OUI / DUI defense attorneys in southern Maine. Call The Maine Criminal Defense Group at (207) 571-8146 or contact us directly online.

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