Experienced Portland Maine OUI Lawyer
Every year, millions of tourists flock to Portland for its picturesque coastline, gorgeous summer weather, outdoor adventures, and great atmosphere. The locals love Maine's largest and most exciting city for all that it offers year-round. Its beaches are lined with cobblestone boardwalks, touristy shops, and many lobster roll hotspots. The city's coastal inlets are great for kayaking and paddleboarding, while there are also plenty of ferry and boat rides for those who wish to sit and enjoy the ocean rather than paddle. The city's downtown is filled with restaurants and boutiques as well as historical attractions. And, most importantly to millions of tourists and residents alike, Portland is home to more than a dozen breweries and countless craft beers.
The coastline, outdoor lifestyle, great nightlife, and large population of college students and young adults are all elements that make a great city. However, even the best cities have their problems – and Portland is no exception. Unfortunately, drunk driving is a serious issue in Portland, and driving/operating under the influence (DUI and OUI) arrests occur in the city on a daily basis.
Portland OUI Charges
Maine has tough OUI laws and the potential penalties stemming from an OUI arrest are very severe. Many people wrongly believe that first-time offenders get off the hook with a slap on the wrist. That simply is not the case, and no one should take an OUI arrest lighty. In fact, the city of Portland takes OUI crimes very seriously, and prosecutors often seek convictions and maximum possible penalties – regardless of whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat offender.
If you get an OUI in Portland, it is imperative that you are prepared for each and every step in the process and know what you and your legal team can do to resolve your case in the most favorable manner possible. The Law Office of William T. Bly is recognized in Portland and throughout southern Maine as an effective, aggressive defense firm that diligently works hard for clients.
Why Attorney Bly?
If you were arrested for OUI in Portland, you may find it difficult to wrap your head around the notion that you are a “criminal” defendant. But, the reality of the matter is that as far as the State of Maine and the City of Portland are concerned, once you are arrested and charged with OUI, you are a criminal defendant. As such, in order to resolve your OUI case, you must work within the criminal justice system – a system that is very complex and nuanced.
There are many “moving parts” that you must deal with in order to resolve your case, including the following:
- Statutory provisions (e.g., minimum and maximum fines, penalties, and prison sentences);
- Court rules (substantive and procedural); and
- Administrative rules and regulations regarding license loss, administrative fees, etc. These are set forth by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Attorney Bly and his highly proficient legal team have years of experience defending clients charged with OUI crimes in Portland. In fact, the majority of the firm's practice is devoted to this very specific area of law.
Attorney Bly is not only extremely knowledgeable in state laws and administrative regulations, but he is very familiar with Portland's court rules and procedures. He has a very good rapport with Portland's judges, court staff, law enforcement, and prosecutors. His reputation as a fair and reasonable OUI defense lawyer is certainly a “plus” during his negotiation of plea agreements.
Attorney Bly is one of Maine's most successful, well-respected OUI defense lawyers who represents Portland clients. Not only is Attorney Bly certified as an Intoxilyzer operator, but is also qualified as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor. This specialized and unique skill set is critical in crafting a strong, thorough, persuasive defense.
While there are no guarantees in any case, these qualifications certainly provide his clients with an advantage in the plea negotiation process and in the courtroom. If law enforcement violated a client's legal rights in any way during an OUI arrest or in the subsequent proceeding, Attorney Bly will identify these deficiencies and fight to ensure those violations are remedied.
Contact us today.
Portland Maine OUI lawyer, William Bly's extensive experience and his in-depth knowledge of investigations and procedures have led to a long track record of successful outcomes for his clients. Contact our office today online or call (207) 571-8146 to start planning your defense.