In Maine, drivers who are under the legal drinking age (21 years old) are prohibited from operating a vehicle with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system. Here are the consequences underage drivers face for violating this zero-tolerance drinking and driving law.
An underage OUI (operating under the influence) violation will result in the following consequences:
If the underage driver had a passenger under the age of 21 at the time of the offense, there's an additional 180 days of license suspension.
Also, underage drivers are subject to the state's implied consent laws, which generally require all drivers to submit to alcohol testing. Drivers who unlawfully refuse testing face an 18-month suspension for a first violation and a 30-month suspension for a second or subsequent offense.
Early license reinstatement is possible for drivers who complete a substance abuse treatment program.
Underage drivers who are caught operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more or while under the influence of (impaired by) drugs or alcohol face the standard OUI penalties. Depending on the circumstances, someone convicted of a standard OUI could be looking at fines, jail time, and license suspension.
Regardless of the charge, it's always best to talk to an experienced OUI attorney if you've been cited for driving under the influence. A qualified lawyer can tell you how the law applies to your situation and help you decide on the best course of action.