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Penalties for DUI (OUI) in Maine

An individual convicted of any crime will typically receive a penalty for his or her actions. The State of Maine imposes various penalties to individuals convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence. Typically, individuals convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence receive imprisonment, a fine, and license suspension. However, various factors such as age, prior convictions, and age of passengers will increase penalties. Also, the absence of factors such as moving violations or prior operating a vehicle under the influence may reduce the penalty an individual receives for his or her conviction.

Operating a vehicle under the influence in the State of Maine will lead to various penalties if the individual is convicted of the crime. Specifically, first time offenders may receive various consequences for operating a vehicle under the influence. Basically, the State of Maine will allow individuals to complete an alcohol education class, pay a fine, and receive a suspended license without any imprisonment. However, a judge has discretion to decide whether or not to give an individual probation which usually includes community service.

Any offender guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence without any previous operating under the influence offenses within an ten year period will receive a five hundred fine and a license suspension of ninety days. Additionally, any individual with no previous operating under the influence offenses within ten years may receive imprisonment. Specifically, an individual must serve forty eight hours of imprisonment if the driver possessed a blood alcohol concentration above .15, exceeding the speed limit by thirty miles per hour, eluding an officer, or have passengers under the age of twenty-old years old. Refusal to chemical testing by a law enforcement officer will result in a fine of six hundred dollars, license suspension, and imprisonment of at least ninety-six hours.

A prior operating a vehicle under the influence offense (OUI) within ten years will result in increased penalties. Specifically, a prior OUI offense within ten years will receive a fine not less than seven hundred dollars and at least seven day incarceration. Additionally, a prior OUI within ten years results in a three year license suspension and a suspension from registering a motor vehicle. Any individual refusing to submit to a chemical test from law enforcement will in a fine of not less than nine hundred dollars, at least twelve day imprisonment, and three year license suspension.

Two prior operating a vehicle under the influence offenses within a ten year period receive a class C crime and a fine not less than one thousand and one hundred dollars. Additionally, two prior operating a vehicle under the influence offenses result in at least thirty day incarceration and a six year license suspension. Any individual refusing to submit to chemical testing with two prior operating a vehicle under the influence will receive a fine not less than one thousand and four hundred dollars and an incarceration of not less than forty days. Three or more prior offenses increase fines from two thousand and one hundred dollars to two thousand and five hundred dollars. Also, refusing testing with prior convictions increase the days an individual must serve in prison. Further, an individual with three or more prior OUI convictions will receive harsher penalties and consequences.

An individual with three or more prior operating a vehicle under the influence will receive a fine of at least two thousand one hundred dollars and six month incarceration. Additionally, three or more prior OUI convictions will result in a six year license. Also, an individual with three or more prior operating a vehicle under the influence convictions must install an ignition interlock device for a period of four years after the suspension ends. Any individual refusing a chemical test by an officer who has three or more previous OUI offense will receive a fine of at least two thousand and five hundred dollars and incarceration of at least six months and twenty days.

Offenders with prior operating under the influence offenses will increase penalties and eventually require an ignition interlock device as well as elimination of registering vehicles. An offender with prior offenses within ten years leads to higher fines, imprisonment, and license suspension. Specifically, one prior operating under the influence within a ten year period leads to at least a seven hundred fine, a minimum of seven day imprisonment, and a three year license suspension. Each subsequent offense within a ten years period increases the fine, imprisonment, and license suspension. Also, individuals refusing testing with prior operating a vehicle under the influence also increase penalties.

An individual convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence in the State of Maine will receive various penalties for his or her offense. Specifically, an individual may receive probation to six months imprisonment. Also, offenders must pay a fine that ranges from five hundred dollars to an undisclosed amount. The type of penalties an individual receives relates to prior convictions as well as the time frame in which they occur.  Finally, all offenders receive his or her license suspended from a specific period of time.


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