Portland OUI Lawyer
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 OUI charges in Portland. When you are facing charges, it's absolutely critical that you have a knowledgeable, aggressive and dedicated Portland attorney defending your rights and fighting to retain your driving privileges.
Were you arrested for OUI or DUI?
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Maine, there is important information that you should be aware of. It is crucial that you speak to a lawyer right away. We can explain to you your rights and what needs to be done immediately to secure your future. For example, you only have 10 days to file a letter that will stop your license from automatic suspension. If this is not done, you will lose your ability to drive even before your case goes to trial!
If you have been arrested for a DUI, you need to know what to expect next and what can be done to pursue a positive outcome in your case. Portland is Maine's largest city, and is visited by millions of tourist each year. Law enforcement takes any threat to the safety of Portland, including DUI crimes, very seriously. Prosecutors want convictions, as is their duty, and often will try to get the maximum DUI penalties imposed. Our firm is recognized as an effective, aggressive defense team that works hard to challenge DUI evidence and that knows how to seek the best possible case outcome.
William T. Bly is an experienced Portland OUI Attorney. He is a graduate of Rutgers College and the University of Maine School of Law, who has concentrated solely on the practice of criminal defense, including work as an intern prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office in Portland, Maine. This exclusive focus on criminal defense allows us to understand the DUI process and to understand issues such as unlawful police stops, flawed blood or breath tests, improperly administered field sobriety tests and many other items of great importance in your case. Over the years, we have successfully defended various types of offenses from those involving drugs and felony charges to DUI with injury, aggravated DUI and more.
One of the most important aspects of understanding what will occur for you in the days and weeks to come is selecting a lawyer who has distinguished himself in the field of OUI defense. When you retain a hard-hitting Portland lawyer from our firm, you will have gained someone with unique qualifications to defend you whether it is a first offense DUI, out of state charges or a second, third, or subsequent arrest.
The lead attorney at our firm has received certification by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Breath Alcohol Technician and is trained as an instructor and practitioner in the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration field sobriety tests. Based on our study and dedication to the field of DUI defense and the results we have achieved, our lead attorney was one of only 2 lawyers in 6 states to be voted a Rising Star in DUI defense by New England Super Lawyers Magazine.
Defending Your Rights Throughout the DUI Process
The DUI process usually begins when you were stopped, either at a DUI checkpoint or because an officer observed indications that he or she felt were signs of intoxication. This may be the first point where the charges against you can be tested. In our state, as well as throughout the USA, law enforcement needs grounds which are lawful and reasonable for stopping you. If this was violated in your case, this will be brought to the attention of the court. A successful case exposing an illegal police stops should result in a full case dismissal.
When an officer suspects that you are intoxicated, you will have been asked to do field sobriety tests or a breath test. Both of these procedures have been shown, time and time again, to present opportunities for error that can severely weaken a prosecutor's case against you. It requires, though, an attorney who is trained and experienced in these tests and how to find the potential mistakes. Later, you may be directed to do a blood test and the results can be used to show what your blood alcohol content (BAC) was at the time. If these tests are not correctly taken and/or the samples improperly stored and held in custody, it can frequently provide an avenue to raise doubt as to your intoxication level at the time of your arrest.
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 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 charges for operating while under the influence in the greater Portland area, we urge you to contact our office right away to discuss the details of your case.
Hiring A Portland DUI Lawyer
After you were arrested, the state will have immediately suspended your driver's license. This is a separate action from the criminal charges you will have to face. The length of that suspension will depend on a variety of factors including if you were underage, refused to be tested for BAC when asked to do so, if you have multiple DUI convictions, when there has been a vehicular manslaughter and others. An experienced DUI attorney will know to challenge your Bureau of Motor Vehicles license suspension, based upon the evidence in your case. Our firm could take action to fight to restore your driving privileges.
Before a trial, you will be arraigned with a bond amount set and your plea given to the court. After this is a preliminary hearing at which a judge will make a decision on whether the criminal case against you will proceed.
Through each step of the process, it is vital to have your rights protected and to have an attorney who knows how to seize opportunities to fight to win your case. The alternative can be fines, being unable to drive, time in jail or prison and a criminal record. We want you to have a real chance to reach a positive result to the charges against you.Call us now to understand what occurs in a DUI case and how your charges can be effectively defended against.