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Why OUIs Are Treated Harshly: Maine

It may come as a surprise to you that an OUI charge is treated as a felony under certain circumstances in the state of Maine. Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous to you, your passengers, other drivers, their passengers, pedestrians, and anything or anyone that you pass while you are driving. Therefore, the state has to treat the decision to operate a vehicle while your body is suffering from the influence of drugs or alcohol seriously.

Operating a vehicle after a few drinks, or after doing drugs (even a prescription that is yours) can be deadly, to you and everyone else. Prosecuting attorneys, judges, and juries are very strict with OUI charges due to their lethal nature, and rightly so. However, they rarely have the opportunity to sit down with the defendant and actually listen to the other side of the story.

There are always three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. This saying suggests that everyone has a reason to explain something their own way, and we sometimes have ulterior motives for telling things a specific way. Consider the following situation. John was called to come home due to a family emergency, although he had been drinking and had no intention of driving. He is arrested after being stopped for speeding and failing a roadside breath test. The prosecution does not care about his reason for operating under the influence, just about the citizens who could have been hurt or killed. He is convicted of OUI, and loses his job eventually.

Scenarios such as this happen, but it is up to you to be sure that the world hears the other side of the story. To do this, you need someone on your side. As soon as you are arrested, contact a professional OUI attorney in the state of Maine. Protect your rights, and your future, by getting the help that you need to defend yourself in court against a charge that could change your life. Do not wait until you are convicted to seek help, take a proactive approach and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

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