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OUI / DUI Defense Lawyers in Kittery

Kittery Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers

Kittery is a town at the southern tip of Maine, in York County, with a population of 9,490 during the 2010 census. Just across the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Kittery was a shipbuilding and fishing community for most of its history.

Recently, however, it has developed into a very popular tourist destination, with lots of retail outlet stores along I-95 and Route 1, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, numerous islands and Kittery Point, a seaside community.

For southern York County, Kittery is a relatively low-income neighborhood, though data shows that its median household income is still above the Maine state average. Kittery’s median household income in 2013 was $53,114, while the average for Maine was $46,974.

Crime statistics show that Kittery is a safe community, compared to the national average, with violent crimes a relatively rare occurrence. Kittery’s police force, however, remains slightly larger than average for the state, with 1.89 police officers for every one thousand residents in the town. The state average for Maine was 1.7 in 2012.

The heightened numbers are likely due to the needs of tourists, which make Kittery’s population statistics far smaller than the typical number of people in the town’s borders on any given day.

Kittery Court Location

If you get pulled over, arrested, and charged for operating under the influence (OUI) in Kittery, then your case will go before the York District Court, in York, Maine. Please see our page on the York District Court for more details.

Prosecutors

Due to its location in York County, any charge that you receive in Kittery will be prosecuted by the York County District Attorney’s Office. This office is run by two eminently competent district attorneys, who handle all of the criminal matters that happen in the County.

Traffic matters, like parking or speeding tickets, however, are a different matter, and are handled directly by the police officer who wrote you the ticket. This can make things far less comfortable if you have to handle the case by yourself.

The York County DA’s Office is cracking down on drunk driving charges and as a result, are asking that stiffer penalties be imposed by the court for those who are convicted of an OUI / DUI.

In addition, there is a lot of local police pressure being placed on the York County DA’s Office to aggressively prosecute OUI / DUI cases. These factors increase the difficulty in trying to defend or negotiate a fair outcome for the client.

OUI / DUI Penalties in Kittery

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 Kittery today

A conviction for operating under the influence in Maine is serious. You’ll be facing a license suspension that can make it difficult to keep your job, as well as a stiff fine and maybe even jail time. Additionally, the blemish on your criminal record does not come off through the process of expungement, so you’ll have to live with the repercussions of a criminal conviction for your entire life.

As a result, defending against an OUI charge is crucial. The best way to do this is to hire a rock-solid OUI defense attorney, like William T. Bly. Through years of hard work, William T. Bly has built a reputation of Maine’s premier OUI defense attorney. By successfully challenging not only the constitutionality of police searches, but even the science behind breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, Mr. Bly has protected numerous people from an unsubstantiated criminal charge for OUI.

Call The Maine Criminal Defense Group directly at (207) 571-8146 or contact his office online, if you’ve been charged for drunk driving in the state of Maine.

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