Out of State OUI Lawyer
Trusted Defense Attorney Serving Bangor, Augusta, Portland, Biddeford and Saco Maine
If you are pulled over in Portland on the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, you will be arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) and your ability to drive in the state will be immediately suspended. Maine police look to crack down on anyone driving under the influence, even if you are just passing through the state. If you are arrested in Maine for DUI but live in another state you will still be expected to treat it as if you were a Maine resident.
Portland prosecutes its drivers harshly in DUI cases, but what happens to those who are arrested for drunk driving while they are visiting the state? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question, as the consequences depend heavily on the extent of the charges and the driver's home state and driving record. Even if you are not a resident of the state, you could still face serious penalties if convicted, and you may face even more severe sentencing once you return home.
It is important that you enlist the support and counsel of knowledgeable lawyers in both states. A local representative can help you understand the laws in your state, while a DUI attorney in Portland can protect your interests and advocate for you at your proceedings in this state. Having a team of lawyers that is well-versed in the state laws and dedicated to protecting your license will give you the best opportunity to protect your driving privileges.
Potential Consequences for Drunk Driving
Conviction for DWI (driving while intoxicated) can lead to such penalties as fines, time in jail, mandatory attendance of a court-approved alcohol education or treatment program, and suspension of your license in the state of Maine. You could face additional consequences in your home state, however, depending on their driving laws.
Portland is a member of both the Driver's License Compact (DLC) and the Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC), which could severely impact your punishment in your place of residence. Members of the DLC agree to consider that all drivers have only one driver's license record, and as a member of the NRVC Maine agrees to notify other member states when non-Maine residents are cited or arrested for traffic violations in the state. Due to these compacts, Portland will recognize and uphold any convictions and suspended licenses imposed by another state, which could influence your sentencing in the state.
For instance, if you live in New Hampshire and were charged with a DUI in Portland, New Hampshire will impose whatever suspensions Portland decides to put on your license. A number of states are members of one or both compacts, and you can learn whether your home state is a member by clicking here.