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Criminal OUI Offense in Maine

According to Maine Law, Title 29-A §2411, criminal OUI is as follows:

1-A. Offense. A person commits OUI if that person: A. Operates a motor vehicle: (1) While under the influence of intoxicants; or (2) While having an alcohol level of 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath; [2009, c. 447, §37 (AMD).]

If you are stopped by police and believed to be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested on suspicion of OUI. But it doesn’t stop there. Many other factors such as your OUI history and the circumstances of your arrest will come into play. The more of these factors that are present, the higher the class of charges you will face.

Maine OUI Charges

There are many types of OUI and OUI related charges. All of them should be taken seriously because a conviction can have long term effects on your life. Some of these charges include the following:

  • First DUI: If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or over and you have no prior DUI convictions, you will receive a DUI charge. Even a first-time conviction can include jail time, license suspension, steep fines and more.
  • Second DUI: If you have a BAC of .08% or more and you have 1 DUI conviction in the past 10 years, you will be charged with a 2nd DUI.
  • Third DUI: If you are stopped by police and found to be driving with a BAC of .08% or more and have 2 prior DUI convictions in the past 10 years, you will be charged with a 3rd DUI.
  • Multiple DUIs: For every DUI conviction you have on your record in a 10 year period, each additional DUI charge will be more and more severe. The penalties for multiple DUIs tend to be a lot stricter and can include years of license suspension and several months of jail time. You might also be charged with felony DUI.
  • DUI and Drugs: DUI charges can involve drugs as well as alcohol. Over the counter and prescription drugs can be grounds for a DUI as well.
  • Out of State DUI: If you are visiting or passing through Maine and are charged with a DUI, your driving privileges in your home state might be affected as well. An experienced Maine DUI lawyer can handle your case and appear in court on your behalf.
  • Hit and Run DUI: If you cause an accident or property damage and leave the scene, that is a hit and run. If police believe that you left because you were under the influence, you could be facing hit and run and DUI charges.
  • BUI: BUI or Boating Under the Influence is a serious crime and carries serious punishments. Boats are considered vehicles and you are not permitted to drink and drive a watercraft.
  • DUI Injury: If you cause an accident where injury or death result and your BAC is .08% or over, your charges will be more severe.
  • Child Endangerment: If you are arrested for DUI and there is a minor under the age of 16 present in the vehicle, you will be charged with child endangerment as well. You will be charged with one count of child endangerment for every minor that is in the vehicle.
  • DUI Fatality: If you cause an accident where a person is killed and your BAC is .08% or over, you will be charged with a DUI fatality. These charges can vary in severity depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • Commercial DUI: If you are a commercial driver and receive a DUI, you may be facing the loss of your career in addition to DUI penalties. Even if you were not working when the DUI arrest was made, your job could still be at risk if you are convicted.
  • DUI Accidents: If an accident occurs and your BAC is found to be over the legal limit, you will be charged with DUI and a charge for causing the accident. Depending on the seriousness of the crash and if there were any injuries, you may even face felony charges.
  • Felony DUI: There are several instances that can lead to a felony DUI charge. Once you are convicted of felony DUI, all future DUI charges will be considered felonies as well. A felony conviction carries serious penalties and will remain on your criminal record.
  • Underage DUI: If you are under the legal drinking age in Maine (21) and stopped with a BAC of .01% or more, you will be charged with Underage DUI. If your BAC is .08% or more, you will be charged with Underage DUI and regular DUI charges.

Contact a Maine OUI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested in Maine and are facing an OUI charge, call our firm and speak to an OUI lawyer right away. You have many defense options available to you and our defense attorneys will be able to explain your options to you. Call us now to get started. For your convenience, we have several offices throughout York County including Biddeford, Maine.

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