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What are the consequences of an OUI charge in Maine?

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Police officers in Maine take OUI very seriously.

In 2008, 43 people were killed in Maine in accidents where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.08% or above. For this reason, harsh penalties have been enacted in Maine for individuals who are caught and convicted of driving while drunk.

Even first-time offenders will face Class D crime penalties of a minimum $500 fine, a period of incarceration and a court-ordered suspension of a driver’s license for a period of 90 days. The good news is, DUI lawyers have defense strategies that work.

There are many factors that can complicate your OUI arrest making sentencing more serious and charges more difficult to defend. Some of the most common aggravating factors in an OUI/DUI case include:

Drugs

Alcohol is not the only intoxicant that can lead to an OUI, all kinds of drugs can too.

Underage drinking

If you are under the legal drinking age, the legal BAC is 0.01%

Accidents and injuries

Drunk drivers who cause accidents and injury or death can face additional charges.

Reckless driving

Excessive speeding or swerving can add reckless driving charges to an OUI.

Previous OUI convictions

For every previous OUI conviction in the past 10 years, you will be punished harsher.

Child endangerment

A minor in the car, while you are intoxicated, leads to extra charges for child endangerment.

Hit and Run

Hitting a car or person while drunk can only be made worse if you attempt to leave the scene.

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