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Prescription Drugs and DUI (OUI) in Maine

The State of Maine classifies the use of drugs while operating a vehicle will result in an operating a vehicle under the influence offense (OUI). The use of drugs legally will not result in an operating a vehicle under the influence. However, any drug used in an illegal way will receive an OUI offense. Additionally, any illegal drug used while operating a vehicle will result in an OUI offense.

Prescription drug use will result in an operating a vehicle under the influence offense if the drugs were illegal or taken illegally. The legal use of legal drugs will not result in an operating a vehicle under the influence. An individual under the influence of drugs will be tested the same way as individuals under the influence of alcohol. The individual will usually be given a blood test to test an individual for the presence of drugs.

The existence of illegal drugs in a person’s system will result in an operating a vehicle under the influence offense. The individual will proceed through the judicial system once he or she is arrested. The process is the same for an individual above the legal limit for alcohol and drugs. Therefore, an individual will receive the same penalties and consequences. Individual using drugs will receive a drug charge as well as an OUI offense.

The State of Maine will hold an individual accountable for the use of drugs while operating a vehicle. The individual will receive the same penalties as an individual operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, an individual will receive a drug charge as well as OUI if the drugs are taken illegally. However, any drugs taken legally will not result in an OUI charge.


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