Were you arrested for OUI?
The city of Portland is the largest city in Maine, boasting a city population of 66,194 in 2010 and a metro population of over 500,000. Tourists flock to Portland's historic Old Port district which rests along Portland Harbor, the Arts District along Congress Street, as well as to many of the city's internationally renowned taverns and bars. Locals know Portland to rank as one of the top U.S. cities for restaurants and bars per capita, especially in the downtown areas including the Arts District and the Old Port.
Portland houses numerous microbreweries and brewpubs, which include Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company, Casco Bay Brewing Co., and D.L. Geary Brewing Company, including many more new breweries that recently opened such as the Rising Tide Brewing Company. Today, Portland's breweries are popular tourist attractions that attract locals and tourists alike. Between Hadlock Field, the Maine Marathon every October and all the restaurants downtown, it's no wonder why so many locals and visitors would partake in drinking alcohol and be facing DUI or OUI charges in Portland. When you are facing DUI charges, it's absolutely critical that you have a knowledgeable, aggressive and dedicated Portland DUI attorney defending your rights and fighting to retain your driving privileges.
Portland OUI Lawyer on Your Side
Being arrested for DUI (driving under the influence), otherwise known as OUI (operating under the influence), or DWI (driving while under intoxicated) is a serious criminal offense that can have long-lasting penalties for the accused. If you or someone you love is facing these charges in Portland, then it's imperative that you enlist the services of an attorney from the Law Office of William T. Bly. Our firm is honored to have been given a 9.3 rating from AVVO and we have are also included in this year's selection of New England Super Lawyers®' list of Rising Stars℠.
From the onset of your case, our top priority will be getting your charges reduced, if not dropped entirely. In order for us to best defend your case, it will be necessary to closely examine every aspect of your case beginning with the legality of the traffic stop. Our founding attorney William Bly is a Certified Operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN by the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is also certified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Furthermore, attorney Bly is certified as an instructor to teach students the proper administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the IACP and the NHTSA. This unique set of skills and training enables him to provide a high powered and formidable defense for those accused of OUI.
Due to Mr. Bly's extensive background and training in the administration of field sobriety tests and breath tests conducted at the scene, he has successfully defended countless individuals that were facing charges of aggravated OUI, DUI's with a particularly high blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.15%, DOT violations, Operating After Suspension, as well as charges of various felony DUI crimes involving serious bodily injury.
Attorney William Bly is admitted to the following bars including: the state of Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, the Federal District Court, District of Maine and the Federal District Court, and the District of New Jersey. He is a contributing author to the 2012 Aspatore Press publication Defending Vehicular Homicide Cases and he was named as one of Portland's Finest for 2010 & 2011.
Types of Case We Handle
With DUI cases, the majority of them are prosecuted as misdemeanors; however, in the presence of aggravating circumstances – circumstances that make the situation more serious, even a first time DUI or OUI can be prosecuted as a felony offense. Some of the most serious DUI cases involve multiple DUI charges, high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.15%, driving with a minor inside the vehicle, causing an accident, speeding 30 mph above the posted speed limit, and causing bodily injury to another passenger or driver. Our firm handles all types of DUI cases ranging from first time offenses to out of state DUI, to underage DUI and everything in between.
If you were caught drunk driving with a child under the age of 16 inside your vehicle, you could be facing charges of child endangerment. On the other hand, if you are below the age of 21 and are caught driving with any measurable amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, under Maine's "zero tolerance" law, you face the wrath of the criminal justice system and face the associated repercussions that come with a conviction for an underage DUI. Regardless of what you are being charged with, it is our mission to completely inform you of the DUI process as well as how our firm challenges DUI evidence. DUI penalties can be severe, with possible repercussions including a driver's license suspension, jail time, monetary fines, skyrocketing insurance premiums and let us not forget, a permanent criminal record.
Our firm is highly effective at challenging DUI cases, even those that involve leaving the scene, DUI accidents and DUI with injury. From unlawful police stops to flawed field sobriety tests to felony DUI, all such cases can harbor glaring errors, which may work to your advantage. Our firm proudly handles cases involving commercial DUI, suspended driver's licenses, vehicular manslaughter, and also DUI expungements. If you are facing DUI, or OUI charges in the greater Portland area, we urge you to contact our office right away to discuss the details of your case.