Focused on Defending DUI Charges
For many individuals, an arrest for first DUI, let alone a second or third offense or a felony DUI, can be a shocking and life altering experience. You may have no criminal record and have never spent a day in jail. Now you face extensive penalties and are probably uncertain as to how to protect yourself. The Law Office of William T. Bly is known for its skilled challenging of DUI evidence, whether it is for underage, out of state, multiple, commercial or felony DUI, including vehicular manslaughter. The first thing we want you to know is that there are many ways a OUI (also called DUI or DWI) case can be aggressively defended and many avenues by which to reach a favorable outcome. Too frequently, individuals feel that they should just plead guilty and place themselves at the mercy of the court. Many cases in which an individual decided to plead guilty could have been successfully challenged. Get your case reviewed by our firm before you make any decisions.
Augusta, Maine DUI Attorney
Contact our Augusta, ME DUI attorney from our firm for a distinct advantage in fighting the possible DUI penalties ahead of you. We have reached positive conclusions to cases involving DUI with drugs, felony charges, DUI with injury and many others. Our focus is strictly on criminal defense, not other areas of the law. Our lead attorney served as an intern prosecutor in the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office in Portland, Maine. Our knowledge of how law enforcement gathers evidence and the manner in which cases are tried can be of significant value in your case. We are trained, both as practitioners and instructors in field sobriety tests and certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Breath Alcohol Technician. Our lead attorney has the distinction of being selected as a Rising Star in DUI defense by New England Super Lawyers Magazine and was one of only 2 lawyers in all of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to be given this honor.
When looking at the penalties and repercussions of a DUI conviction, you want the best defense possible. In order to obtain that, you need representation from a firm who has OUI training and a track record of successfully defending people accused of driving while intoxicated.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction
The penalties you face for a DUI vary greatly and depend upon many different factors. In general, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be: having your vehicle confiscated, a suspended driver's license, installation of an ignition interlock device, mandatory alcohol or drug educational programs, large fines and incarceration. Key elements that will determine your punishments are your blood alcohol content, whether you were underage or not, if there was injury or a fatality (vehicular manslaughter), the involvement of a minor (child endangerment) and more. Aggravated circumstances, such as the speed you were driving and any attempt to evade an officer of the law will increase the potential penalties. When you refuse to take a chemical test (blood, breath or urine), the penalties will increase and your license can be suspended for up to 6 years by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, regardless of the results of your criminal case.
For a first offense your license can be suspended for 90 days, you will have to pay fines and a court fee, attend treatment or educational programs, have your vehicle confiscated and may even have to spend time in jail. A second OUI conviction can be punished by steep fines, a mandatoryminimum 7 days in jail and having your driving privileges taken away for 3 years. If you have a third offense in a 10 year period, a felony charge, there will be a mandatory minimum of 30 days jail time, $1,000 in fines and having your license suspended for 6 years.
Any conviction will result in a permanent criminal record. This can have a very negative impact on your opportunities for employment and education, and a record stays with you, no matter where you go.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to bring about a determined defense in a DUI case. If an unlawful police stop led to your arrest, it can make the evidence gathered against you inadmissible in a court of law. The field sobriety tests which are conducted to test for intoxication can be seriously flawed and even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledges their frailties. Mistakes can be made in both blood and breath tests, either in the equipment that is used, the way the tests are administered, or how the evidence is stored that can make room for reasonable doubt in your case.
What is important is that you contact us as soon as possible after your arrest. The Augusta Police Department is actively working to cut down on intoxicated driving, including a new campaign against the use of prescription drugs. Without the help of an accomplished attorney who is specifically experienced in DUI defense, mistakes made early can quickly make a tough situation even worse.