OUI Defense in Maine
In Maine, the term OUI (often referred to as DUI in other states) refers to driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The charge of OUI is extremely serious, and a conviction can result in prison time and a driver’s license suspension, even for first-offense cases. Fortunately, there are many legal defenses that can be used to defend against a charge of OUI.
It is important that if you are charged with OUI that you have an experienced attorney that you trust to defend your case. A successful defense of a drunk driving charge requires an in-depth understanding of the law and the complex issues that often arise. A skilled attorney will work hard to get the charges against you dropped or to at least minimize your sentence.
The initial step in being formally charged with OUI usually begins when an officer pulls you over. However, an officer is only allowed to make the stop if they have reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the police made the initial stop without reasonable suspicion, or you can show that the chemical test that produces your BAC level was not administered properly, these pieces of evidence could be excluded from your trial.
If you have a valid driver’s license, and your OUI is a first offense, you may qualify for an alternative disposition called a “Continuance without a Finding” that will allow you to avoid any incarceration time if you complete certain requirements, including attending an alcohol education program. A Continuance will also stay on your record less than a conviction and will not impact your employment or immigration status.