There are two things that definitely do not go together: drinking and driving. No matter what state this happens in, if a person is caught and arrested for drunk driving, he or she will be facing severe consequences. It is not a different matter if the drunk driving occurs in Maine. This article will address what the defendant needs to do if arrested for drunk driving in the state. Many factors must be looked at to determine what the possible outcome will be for the defendant. Penalties could range from no less than 150 days suspension of the driver’s license and a fine of $500 to eight years suspension of license, six months and 20 days of jail time, and a fine of $2,500.
If a driving person gets caught and arrested for having a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, he or she will automatically have the driver’s license suspended even before going to court. He or she will not be able to drive until after there has been a court appearance, and the judge decides the date when the license will be restored. The offense is called operating under the influence, or OWI.
People should know that Maine has a zero tolerance for drivers under the age of 21 having any level of alcohol in their bodies. The drivers will lose their license for a year. If the young drivers refuse to submit to a BAC test, they automatically lose their license for 18 months. If it turns out that another passenger was in the vehicle that was under 21, an additional 180 days will be added to the suspension.
The Webb Law Firm has been providing legal solutions for clients in the Saco, Maine area for more than 25 years. In addition to helping the clients with OUI issues, the law firm also practices law in criminal defense, domestic violence, drug crimes, grand theft, aggravated assault, and burglary. The firm also helps clients accused of murder and manslaughter. Clients interested in representation can find qualified representation here. If any clients are in need of an attorney for OUI representation, they can visit the Webb Law Firm at http://www.webblawmaine.com/.