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Proposed changes to our OUI laws

It looks like our legislature is contemplating increasing a 1st offense OUI suspension from 3 months to 6 months. This is a huge change and one that will be felt immediately by the driving public. ...
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One of many important reasons to get the right attorney involved quickly...

One of the most important things you can do after being arrested is contacting a qualified DUI attorney. One of the first things that should be done in an OUI case is for your attorney to send a ...
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Typical motion to suppress evidence hearing

We had a rather difficult hearing yesterday on what is a simple issue: did the police officer have reasonable suspicion of impairment in order to require my client to perform field sobriety tests? ...
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Maine is switching to new breath testing technology!

Maine is slowly transitioning from the old Intoxilyzer 5000EN to the newer, more field friendly Intoxilyzer 8000. What does this mean to you? Well, it means that you better be sure that the attorney ...
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What happens when the jury says "GUILTY"?

This is an extremely important question and one which causes a lot of trepidation amongst my clients who elect to go to trial. One of the advantages of a negotiated outcome is that you take the ...
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Las Vegas DWI Conference

Just got back from a 3 day CLE for DUI defense in Las Vegas. What an AWESOME experience! These CLEs are so important for attorneys because it gives you the opportunity to learn from the very best in ...
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Failure to sign Implied Consent... Any significance?

Oftentimes when clients refuse to submit to a breath or blood test, the client also refuses to sign the Implied Consent form. Invariably, I get the question: "well, since I didn't sign the ...
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DUI Enforcement for Labor Day!

First let me say to everyone out there, have a SAFE and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. The forecast looks great for Friday and Saturday. Get to the beach while you can. On a more sober note (pun ...
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Drunk Driving... on a lawn mower!

In case you were wondering, you can be charged with driving drunk on a lawn mower; even if you're mowing your own lawn! While purusing the news today, I stumbled upon an article from Reuters where ...
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Welcome To Our Blog!

Our team at the Law Office of William T. Bly is dedicated to protecting those who have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. We are excited to announce the launch of our new blog. By ...
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OUI and Police Officer Training

Folks, welcome to another edition of my blog. Today's topic of discussion concerns police training and the type of experience, training and education I would expect a police officer to have? In ...
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OUI and Miranda

Today's topic of discussion concerns OUIs, and specifically the issue of Miranda and how that plays into any statements that may or may not be suppressed if your rights have been violated under ...
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OUI Motor Vehicle Stops

Today's topic of discussion concerns OUIs and what is referred to as “Reasonable Articulable Suspicion” or “what an officer needs in stop your car.” Oftentimes, an OUI ...
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Expert Witnesses - Tobacco

Today's discussion concerns using an expert witness to assist you with the defense agains an OUI charge. Often times the only people that have an expert witness involved in a case is the ...
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Types of OUI Evidence Part 1

Evidence is the key to your operating under the influence (more commonly known as OUI) case, because without it the entire case will be fall apart. There are many different types of OUI evidence, some ...
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Condition Q Violation

In Maine, it is perfectly legal for an adult to consume alcohol and drive. It's only illegal to be impaired by alcohol or be a 0.08 or greater. However, if you haven't reached the age of ...
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Requesting a Hearing after a DUI Arrest

Once a police officer charges you with an OUI, the Maine Secretary of State will move to suspend your license (or your privileges to drive in Maine if you're an out of state driver). However, ...
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Commercial OUI: The Aftermath of a Conviction

Even with professional help from a licensed, experienced OUI attorney, your life could change in a lot of ways if you are convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving a ...
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DUI Field Sobriety Tests - HGN

Today's topic of discussion concerns the most important of all the standardized field sobriety tests, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. Nystagmus is defined as the involuntary jerking of the ...
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Comparing Commercial Motor Vehicle DUI with Passenger Car DUIs

Although getting convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious situation regardless of what you are driving, it is especially serious when you are driving a commercial ...
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Juvenile OUI

Today we're going to discuss very briefly what happens in an OUI case when you've been arrested and you're under the age of 18. In Maine, as in most states, juvenile law applies when ...
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Commercial DUI FAQ

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is always a serious crime, no matter what type of vehicle you are driving at the time of your arrest. Having a commercial driver's license affects ...
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Commercial DUI Conviction

Commercial vehicles are particularly dangerous on our roadways, since their size and weight so greatly outmatches the average vehicle. Thusly, there are different rules applicable to commercial ...
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What Does "Suspended Sentence" Mean?

The legal term for a sentence a convicted criminal is not required to serve is called a suspended sentence. A suspended sentence is handed down during the sentencing portion following a plea or a ...
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How an OUI Conviction Changes Your Driver's License

We have given you extensive information about how being convicted of an OUI can ruin your opportunity to drive for the foreseeable future, but there are other ways that it can change your driving ...
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