Maine’s DUI Implied Consent Law and Refusing Alcohol Testing

Maine law requires drivers lawfully arrested for a DUI/OUI to agree to a blood, breath, or urine test.

By , Attorney · University of San Francisco School of Law

When investigating someone for operating under the influence (OUI), it's common for an officer to ask the person to take a breath, blood, or urine test to determine the amount of alcohol or drugs in the driver's system. The driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or the concentration of drugs in the driver's blood is often used to prove a DUI in court.

This article gives an overview of Maine's implied consent law and the consequences of an unlawful refusal.

Maine's Implied Consent Requirements for Breathalyzers, Blood, and Urine Tests

Maine's implied consent law specifies that any person who holds a Maine driver's license or operates a vehicle within the state is deemed to have consented to a blood, breath, or urine test. For an OUI arrest to be lawful, the officer must have probable cause to believe that the driver was driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or that an underage driver was operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Generally, the officer is supposed to choose a breath test unless circumstances make that an unreasonable choice.

Consequences of Refusing a DUI Breathalyzer, Blood, or Urine Test in Maine

The consequences of a refusal generally depend on how many prior offenses the driver has that occurred within the past five years.

First offense. For a first refusal, the driver is generally facing a 275-day license suspension.

Second offense. For a second refusal, the driver is looking at a suspension of 18 months.

Third offense. For a third refusal, the driver is generally facing a three-year license suspension.

Fourth offense. For a fourth refusal, the driver is generally facing a six-year license suspension.

Contesting an Implied Consent Suspension in Maine

Drivers who wish to contest their refusal-related suspension can request an administrative hearing.

Talk to a Maine DUI Lawyer

Anytime you've been arrested for driving under the influence, it's a good idea to talk to a legal professional. A qualified DUI attorney can review your case and help you decide on the best course of action.

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