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Enhanced Penalty Blood-Alcohol Concentration in Maine

The State of Maine enhances penalties for individuals possessing a blood alcohol level above .15. Specifically, the State of Maine increases the length of imprisonment an individual must serve. An individual must serve forty-eight hours consecutively with a heightened blood alcohol level. The judge may not suspend the forty-eight hour imprisonment sentence. Additionally, a blood alcohol level of one tenth and five hundredths of one percent will result in a longer license suspension. The State of Maine will impose enhanced penalties for individuals under the age of twenty-one with a blood alcohol concentration above zero percent. A driver under the age of twenty-one may not possess a blood alcohol level about zero, therefore any percent about zero results in stricter penalties.

A blood alcohol concentration level of one tenth and five hundredth of one percent will enhance a person’s sentence for operating a vehicle under the influence. Specifically, an individual will receive a minimum of forty-eight consecutive hour imprisonment sentence. The sentence cannot be suspended or reduced. Also, an individual operating a vehicle with a heightened blood alcohol concentration with passengers under the age of twenty-one will also enhanced the individual’s sentence.

Further, a blood alcohol concentration above one tenth and five hundredths of one percent will receive a longer license suspension. An individual with a blood alcohol concentration above eight tenths but under one tenth and five hundredths will usually receive ninety days license suspension. However, a heightened blood alcohol concentration will result in a year license suspension. Furthermore, prior operating a vehicle under the influence offenses with a higher blood alcohol concentration will increase a driver’s license suspension.

A driver under the age of twenty-one years old operating a vehicle under the influence will receive harsher penalties due to Maine’s complete zero tolerance. Any driver under the age of twenty-one possessing a blood alcohol level above zero will result strict license suspensions, community service, and sometimes imprisonments. However, prior offenses will increase sentences as well as clean driving records may result in probation or other punishments.

The State of Maine imposes various penalties for an enhanced blood alcohol level. Basically, an enhance blood alcohol level will enhance penalties but other factors may allow a judge to not increase punishments. However, the State of Maine imposes a complete zero tolerance policy for driver’s under the age of twenty-one. Thus, judges usually need to impose severe fines and license suspensions as well as the use of an interlock ignition device.


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