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Sentence Enhancements for DUI (OUI) in Maine

The State of Maine imposes enhanced sentences for individuals operating a vehicle under the influence when the individual possesses prior operating a vehicle under the influence offenses. Specifically, the more prior operating under the influence offenses an individual possesses the higher penalties he or she receives. Also, an individual’s age as well as his or her blood alcohol/drug level will enhance penalties. Finally, an individual will receive increase penalties when operating a vehicle under the influence with passengers under the age of twenty-one years old.

Any individual convicted of prior operating under the influence offenses enhance penalties. Basically, first time offenders will receive a fine, probation, and community service. Prior convictions will increase fines and require imprisonment. Convictions within a ten years period will further enhance penalties. A prior conviction within a ten years period will increases fines from seven hundred dollars to one thousand and one hundred dollars for two prior offenses. Additionally, prior offenses result in longer license suspensions and eventually require the installation of the ignition interlock device. Also, prior operating a vehicle under the influence will eliminate an individual’s ability to register vehicles.

The State of Maine imposes enhanced sentences for individuals operating a vehicle on a suspended license. Specifically, an individual operating a vehicle under the influence on a suspended license receives a minimum penalty, which may not be suspended by the court. An individual with one prior operating a vehicle under the influence on a suspended license receive a minimum fine of one thousand dollars, thirty days imprisonment, and a license suspension of one year not exceeding. Two prior convictions for operating a vehicle under the influence and convicted on his or her third with a suspended license receives a two thousand dollar fine, sixty day imprisonment, and one to three year license suspension. Also, three or more prior operating under the influence convictions with a suspended license results in a minimum fine of three thousand dollars and a license suspension from one to three years.

Individuals convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence while driving thirty miles per hour over the speed limit will result in an automatic forty-eight hour imprisonment. Also, individuals eluding law enforcement, driving with passengers under the age of twenty-one, or possessing a heightened blood alcohol concentration will result in imprisonment. Further, individuals will receive imprisonment without suspension by the courts. Therefore, certain factors will increase or decrease an individual’s punishment.


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