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OUI / DUI Defense Lawyers in Rockport, ME

Rockport Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Lawyers

Rockport is a town on the Maine coastline in Knox County. The town had a population of 3,330 in the 2010 census, and is a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from across the country.

With its location along the pictueresque Maine coastline and the Penobscot Bay, Rockport has been named one of the prettiest towns in the whole United States. Named after its rocky coast and its gorgeous port in Rockport Harbor, Rockport has many incredible places to stay, and is in the middle of many of Maine’s top tourist destinations, including Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor.

Statistics show that Rockport is one of the wealthiest communities in Maine, with a median household income of $61,853, considerably higher than the Maine state average of $46,974.

With such a high concentration of wealth in the area and its status as a tourist destination, it’s unsurprising that crime rates are low, but the police presence is high.

Even for the state of Maine, one of the safest in the country, crime rates are very low, with violent crimes almost unheard of.

Nevertheless, Rockport maintains a police force larger than average for the state, with 1.81 officers per 1,000 residents, above the state average of 1.69.

Court Location in Rockport

If you get arrested and charged for operating under the influence (OUI) in Rockport, your case will be heard in the nearby Rockland District Court. For more information on this court, including directions and details on parking, please see our page on Rockland.

Prosecutors

The District Attorney in charge of Knox County, as well as Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, is Geoffrey Rushlau. Behind Stephanie Anderson, of Cumberland County, Mr. Rushlau is the second-longest running district attorney in the state, serving in his position since 1993 when he was appointed to the role.

Unfortunately, Mr. Rushlau has a tough stance when it comes to OUIs. However, he gives his assistant district attorneys plenty of discretion to drop OUI charges to a lower offense if they think it would be a reasonable resolution. As a result, there are often opportunities to negotiate your OUI charge if it happens in Lockport.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald is the lead prosecutor in Knox County and he has a reputation as a tough minded prosecutor.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Knox County, negotiating a good outcome with Attorney Fernando may prove difficult. Therefore, it’s important to have an aggressive and knowledgeable DUI defense attorney, there to defend you.

OUI / DUI Penalties in Rockport

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 for 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 Defense Lawyer in Rockport today

Regardless of whether they can be negotiated with a district attorney, OUI charges are serious. The penalties for an OUI conviction are severe, and include license suspensions, hefty fines, and even jail time, in some circumstances. Having a top-notch OUI-defense attorney on your side to defend against the charges is the best way to prevent an OUI charge from turning into an OUI conviction.

Through his refined trial tactics and his expertise in all aspects of an OUI investigation, William T. Bly has established himself as the premier OUI / DUI defense attorney in Maine. One of the few attorneys who has received a certification as a Breath Alcohol Technician, William T. Bly often knows more about breath testing than the officers who gave you the exam during the traffic stop.

If you’ve been charged with an OUI / DUI in Rockport, call The Maine Criminal Defense Group (207) 571-8146, or contact us online directly.

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