Orono is a college town in Penobscot County, with a reported population of 10,362 during the 2010 census. This number, however, fluctuates wildly between the summer months and when school is in session at the University of Maine, which hosts nearly 11,000 students on its main campus in the town.
As a college town, Orono's residents are younger than the rest of Maine, with a median age of only 21.6 years, compared to the state's median of 44 years. The influence and taste of the younger crowd is palpable: Independent restaurants and craft breweries, like the Black Bear Brewery and the Orono Brewing Company, have popped up in the area, contributing to a vibrant atmosphere downtown.
Like many college towns, though, Orono's residents are not very affluent, at least, not yet. While Maine's median household income in 2013 was $46,974, Orono's was only $34,143. However, because the area is so full of young adults and recent graduates, this can be expected.
What is surprising, though, is the fact that Orono's crime rates are very low. College towns usually have a higher crime rate than surrounding areas, but Orono's has stayed well below the national average, with violent crimes nearly unheard of, and property crimes still uncommon. This is despite the fact that Orono has a small police force, compared to the rest of the state, with only 1.22 officers per 1,000 residents. Maine's state average is 1.69 officers per 1,000 residents.
Location of Court
If you get arrested for a crime, including for the crime of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI), then your case will be heard by the court at the Penobscot County Judicial Center in downtown Bangor, Maine. Please see our page on the court in Bangor for more details, including directions, parking information, and what to expect when in court.
The District Attorney for Penobscot County, Chris Almy, has a very strict “no negotiation” policy when it comes to OUI charges. This makes things very straightforward: You can either plead guilty, or take the case to trial. This is the case no matter which prosecutor in his office is pursuing your case – they all know that, if they drop the charges to something less severe, they'll be looking for a new job very soon.
Attorney William T. Bly
The strict policy against negotiating an OUI case in Orono makes it all the more necessary to have a top-notch OUI-defense attorney like William T. Bly on your side. With a proven track record of successes defending OUI charges in Maine, attorney William T. Bly has protected clients from the penalties of an OUI conviction time and time again. If you've been charged with drunk driving in Orono, contact his law office online or by calling (207) 571-8146 to start planning your defense.