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What are the penalties for an OUI / DUI Accident in Maine?

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OUI AND PROPERTY DAMAGE PENALTIES IN MAINE

In Maine, there is no specific penalty that applies to causing property damage because of intoxication. Instead, you can face separate charges for an OUI and for the damage you caused. A regular OUI is a Class D offense and can be upgraded to a Class C if you have had 2 or more prior convictions in the past decade. The minimum penalties for OUI include:

  • 90 days of driver’s license suspension
  • A minimum fine of $500
  • 48 hours of jail time if an aggravating factors are present

If you cause an accident or any sort of property damage, you could also face charges for Driving to Endanger. Also known as reckless driving, driving to endanger penalties can result in the following:

  • 30 days to 2 years of driver’s license suspension; or
  • A minimum fine of $575

When damage to property occurs, you may also have to deal with your insurance company. Damage to other vehicles or public or private property will require repair. If you are convicted of driving under the influence, this will likely be used against you in order for the other party to get compensation. Not only will this make your insurance rates go up, you could be held liable for an accident that was not your fault.

OUI INJURY PENALTIES IN MAINE

The most serious accidents will result in injury or even death. Maine law does specify additional penalties for drivers who are intoxicated and cause injury to other drivers or passengers. For an accident that results in serious injury, you will face Class C OUI charges. For an accident that results in the loss of life, you will face Class B charges. The penalties for these charges include:

  • Class C: A minimum of 6 months of jail time, 6 years of license suspension and a fine of $2,100
  • Class B: A minimum of 6 months of jail time, 10 years of license suspension and a fine of $2,100

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