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Defining A DUI Part II: Maine

Learning about your driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol charge can be a lot of work, especially if you are a first time offender. There is so much information available, but you cannot trust everything that you read on the subject. After all, everyone has an opinion about what you should, could, or might be able to do, but every situation is different. What works well for one case may be a disaster for a different case, which is why you should always consult with a professional DUI attorney licensed to practice in the state of Maine when you are first arrested.

According to state law, a DUI charge is the result of at least one of several things happening, but it does not take a traffic accident to trigger the arrest. Here is a quick rundown of what it takes to be charged with driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol in the state of Maine:

1. You show evidence of intoxication or impairment. This can come in the form of blurred vision, slurred speech, alcohol-scented breath, balance problems, and so on. When the officer requests field sobriety tests, it is to detect this form of evidence, although the tests are not always admissible in court.

2. You violate a traffic law or state statute. This is one of the most common reasons that people wind up being arrested for DUI. It can be as simple as speeding, or something more serious, like a traffic accident.

3. You fail the breathalyzer test. Failing the breathalyzer is a legal indication of your level of impairment, and it is your one-way ticket directly to jail in most cases. The higher the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) the more damning the evidence.

4. You have an outstanding warrant, even on an unrelated issue. If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will likely be arrested on the spot, regardless of the outcome of your breathalyzer. You do not have to be wanted for something like murder to be arrested; it can be any type of bench warrant in order to trigger an arrest.

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