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OUI / DUI Defense Lawyers in Lewiston

Lewiston Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers

Lewiston is a city in Androscoggin County, Maine. With a population of 36,592 at the 2010 census, Lewiston is the second largest city in the state, behind only Portland. Located across the Androscoggin River from Auburn, the two cities together make for one of the busiest areas in the state, with nearly 60,000 people in total.

Like many mill towns in New England and the northeast, Lewiston struggled in the years following World War II, with many of the big employers leaving the area. Widespread unemployment left much of the city in disrepair and empty through the 1980s. In the early 2000s, Lewiston started revitalizing its downtown, with the city taking control of many of the abandoned mill buildings and selling them to private developers.

The revitalization efforts have paid off, in a big way, and Lewiston has won prestigious awards for its efforts to redevelop the city.

Despite the recent development in the Lewiston area, figures show that the city’s median household income is below the state average, at $35,398, compared to Maine’s average of $46,974.

Additionally, stats have shown that Lewiston has one of the worst crime rates in the state, particularly with regard to property crime, as opposed to violent crime, though this still only makes Lewiston about average, on the national scale.

As a result, Lewiston’s police force is larger than most in the state, with 81 fulltime police officers, or 2.22 per 1,000 residents, compared to Maine’s average of 1.69.

Location of Lewiston Court

If you get arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) in Lewiston, your case will be heard at the Lewiston District Court. This courthouse is located at 71 Lisbon Street , in downtown Lewiston, Maine. The building is a three-story brick building, and the entryway has “Maine District Court” in big letters under the overhang. You can use either Google Maps for directions, or the directions given on the court’s website .

Lewiston Parking

There’s a massive parking lot at the intersection of Park Street and Ash Street, not very far away from the Lewiston District Court. You can park in this lot for your appearance in court, and should not have much of a problem finding a spot there.

Prosecutors

As it is in Androscoggin County, the District Attorney for cases heard at the Lewiston District Court is Andrew Robinson. Mr. Robinson is the District Attorney for Oxford County, as well. Unlike many District Attorneys, Mr. Robinson does not have a hard and fast policy against negotiating in OUI cases. Instead, his office is more accommodating, and willing to negotiate and find a fair and reasonable solution. With that said, though, none of the assistant district attorneys in his office will shy away from taking a case to trial.

OUI / DUI Penalties in Boothbay Harbor

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 Attorney Lewiston Today

Getting charged for OUI / DUI in Maine is no small accusation. There are serious penalties that come with an OUI conviction. Defending against an OUI charge is important to prevent it from seriously impacting your life.

Hiring an experienced OUI defense attorney like William T. Bly can be the most important thing that you do, if you’ve been charged for OUI in Lewiston, or anywhere else in Maine. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group online , or call the office at (207) 571-8146.

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