Drunk Driving Laws in Maine
The legal term for DUI in Maine is Operating Under the Influence, or OUI. OUI is defined as operating any kind of motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Alcohol, illegal drugs and even legal prescription drugs are all intoxicants that, if taken before or while operating a motor vehicle in Maine, can result in an OUI charge.
If your physical and mental abilities are even slightly impaired in Maine, you are considered to be “under the influence.” If you are impaired to any degree, or if you have a blood-alcohol or breath alcohol content (BAC or BrAC) of .08% or higher, you will be charged with a DUI in Maine.
Maine DUI Penalties Are Severe Even for Your First One
Maine DUI penalties are among the harshest in the nation. Even a first-time offender charged with a DUI offense in Maine can be sentenced to jail, probation, fines and license suspension.
Felony DUI in Maine, including cases that result in serious injury or loss of life, can send the offender to jail for years and revoke licenses for life.
There is a wide range of penalties for violating Maine’s DUI laws. Although it is very rare for a first-time DUI offender to receive the maximum Maine drunk driving penalty, the sentence imposed in the average case is serious.