Second Offense DUI in Maine
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Maine refers to a DUI as an OUI (Operating Under the Influence) and prescribes criminal and administrative penalties. These penalties are more severe if there are aggravating factors which include: a BAC of .15 percent or more, or traveling 30 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit, or attempting to elude an officer of the law, or having a passenger under 21 years of age.
If you are convicted of a second DUI offense, the following administrative penalties are possible:
- License is suspended for 3 years (at least 3 years if you have 2 prior DUIs within the last 10 years).
- An Ignition Interlock Device can be installed 9 months after conviction.
If you are convicted of a second DUI/OUI offense, you will receive a fine of at least $600 and a jail sentence of at least seven days (to six months). If this is a second DUI/OUI refusal to consent to chemical testing, the penalties include a fine of at least $800 and jail time of 12 days (to six months).
The Lookback Period
Maine courts look back 10 years to see if you had a previous DUI conviction.
Obtaining Legal Help
Because of the severity of the penalties, drivers arrested for a second OUI/DUI should consult with an attorney.