First Offense DUI in Maine

The state of 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 inlcude *Aggravating factors 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.

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI in Maine results in an administrative license suspension of ninety (90) days, with the possibility of restricted reinstatement earlier, most likely alongside use of ignition interlock device. (The law requires an additional 275 day suspension be imposed by the court or the Secretary of State if transporting a passenger under 21.)
  • Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Maine result in a mandatory administrative license suspension of two hundred and seventy-five (275) days
  • Reinstatement likely contingent upon payment of reinstatement fees and completion of alcohol/substance abuse assessment and education program

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

  • First offense OUI/DUI offenders in Maine face no mandatory minimum periods of incarceration unless there are aggravating factors (two days minimum with potential incarceration set at not more than thirty days).
  • Minimum fines are $400, but fine amount does not account for costs incurred during completion of terms of sentence, reinstatement of license, or other applicable court fees or surcharges
  • Convictions for first offense OUI/DUI in Maine stay on offender’s record, and influencing sentencing in future offenses, for a period of seven (7) years

Getting Legal Help

The state of Maine does not automatically preclude a defendant from obtaining a favorable plea option involving reduction of charges to lesser criminal convictions, but in practice, the case-specific nature of each arrest and the use of legal counsel will dictate whether this option, as well as other such as dismissal, is feasible. To determine how your case may fare, consult with a Maine OUI/DUI lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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