OUI FAQ

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There was a death involved in my OUI accident. Does that make the offense more serious than if there had been no major injuries?

In the state of Maine, if there have been injuries serious enough to cause death, immediate or potential, then you are required by law to get a blood test to check your blood alcohol content. A refusal adds more penalty than a standard OUI charge, even if there are no other aggravating factors such as a fatality or serious injury.

Keep in mind that the state of Maine will add additional penalties for those who kill or seriously injure someone due to the influence of alcohol. Operating under the influence and causing a serious accident can make you lose your driving privileges, but fatalities normally add additional years to the loss of driver's license time. You could also be charged with manslaughter, which could land you in prison and cost you your driving privileges for the rest of your life.

Can a woman drink just as much as a man if they are about the same age, height, and weight?

Absolutely not. Every person is different, but generally speaking a woman's body reacts very differently to alcohol than a man's. Gender plays as big a role as height, weight, age, medical history, and so on. The reason gender plays such a role is the distribution of alcohol throughout the body. Women have more body fat than men. Alcohol settles in the watery portions of the body. It will not distribute in bone or fat. Therefore, women will have a higher BAC due to less available watery tissue than a man of equal weight. It's not fair but that's how it works.

Do not assume that you can drink more and operate a vehicle safely if you are a man. If an officer believes that you are intoxicated, whether you have had one drink or seven, you can still be arrested.

I have been charged with my first OUI. How much is this going to cost?

There are a few factors that can affect the overall price of an OUI charge. These often include the lawyer hired, aggravating factors, amount of your fine based on any existing criminal history, court fees, license reinstatement fee, and the cost of an SR-22. If you are forced to install an ignition interlock device, the cost climbs even higher. In total, the average cost of a first offense can be as high as $7000.

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