DUI Attorney in Kittery, Maine
Knowing What to Do in a DUI Case
Your arrest for a DUI or BUI charge causes two legal actions to be started against you. The first is a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (sometimes called the Department of Motor Vehicles) suspension of your driver's license. The second is the criminal case against you which is addressed in the state criminal justice system. In both cases, you could suffer heavy repercussions. The DUI process holds true whether you were arrested for a first DUI offense, you have had multiple convictions, you are charged with vehicular manslaughter or another DUI felony.
As a well thought of tourist resort, probably best known for its many outlet stores, the town of Kittery wants to do all possible to maintain its reputation. Both police and prosecutors are highly motivated to see that any incident involving driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs be punished to the fullest extent of the law. DUI penalties can be harsh and if there are aggravated circumstances, such as child endangerment, DUI with injury, leaving the scene or others, the punishments can severely alter the course of your life. This is why it is vital to retain a committed Kittery DUI lawyer to act on your behalf.
The Law Office of William T. Bly concentrates on the resolution of OUI/DWI charges through an aggressive challenge of DUI evidence. We work solely in the area of criminal defense, not other areas of the law. We believe you deserve the best defense possible at a time when it can mean the most. Representation by our firm allows you to be represented by an attorney that is qualified as a practitioner and instructor in the field sobriety tests used by the police and established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Your attorney knows as much or more about these tests than most officers and is able to detect when they are incorrectly administered. Our lead attorney has received certification as a Breath Alcohol Technician, recognized as such by the United States Department of Transportation. In Maine, breath tests are routinely used to measure blood alcohol content. The machines used in these tests can be improperly maintained or poorly calibrated and the test itself could have been incorrectly administered. It can prove essential to your case to have an attorney who understands the possible mistakes that can be made with breath tests and how to use them to your advantage.
Over the years, our firm has had achieved countless successes fighting DUI charges ranging from simple drunk driving to aggravated DWI, incidents involving DUI accidents resulting in bodily injury, cases where blood was drawn, high breath test situations and many more. Stemming from the favorable decisions we have obtained, our lead attorney is highly thought of by other lawyers and was selected by New England Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in DUI/OUI/DWI defense. In 2012, this honor was given to just 2 attorneys in a 6-state area.
Why Your DMV Hearing Is Important
In our state, only the DMV can suspend driving privileges. You will receive a notice of suspension in the mail and will ultimately go under suspension unless you request a DMV hearing. Even before you have to make any appearances before the court, you may be unable to drive. If you do not ask for this hearing, it will bring about an automatic suspension of at least 90 days and in some cases up to 6 years. An attorney who is well trained in DUI defense will be able to determine the best strategy to challenge your license suspension. This is a very important aspect of any DUI charge, and we can schedule and represent you at this hearing. We know how important your driver's license is to you and your family, and we have been successful for our clients in many DMV hearings. We know what to do.
It is equally critical that your lawyer request a trial by jury within 21 days of your arraignment and bring up any constitutional issues in this period of time. Failure to do so can mean the loss of your rights and cause severe harm to being able to reach a favorable conclusion to your case.
It is well established that the quality of your defense lawyer can make a vast difference in the final results of your case. To learn more about us and what we can do for you, contact us if you have been arrested for any DUI related crime.