What Are the OUI Laws in Maine?
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Driving under the influence (called operating under the influence (OUI) in Maine) is a serious criminal offense. Each state's DUI law varies slightly, so it is important to find out which specific acts constitute a DUI in your state.
In Maine, operating under the influence is a broad crime that makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Intoxicants can be alcohol, drugs, or anything else that impairs your ability to drive safely. The chart below provides a brief outline of Maine's DUI law.
|Maine Revised Statutes section 2411: Criminal OUI (Operating Under the Influence)|
|Operating a motor vehicle:
|OUI penalties vary depending on whether or not the offender was convicted of any OUI offenses within the previous 10 years:
Because the legal drinking age in Maine is 21, there is a zero tolerance policy for drivers who are under 21. This means that while driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration is illegal for all drivers, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of anything over 0.00% is a violation of the state's OUI law for drivers who are under age 21.
Ignition Interlock Devices
When an offender's driving privileges are reinstated after having been suspended due to an OUI conviction, the offender's car must be outfitted with an ignition interlock device (IID). IIDs measure a driver's blood alcohol concentration and only allow the vehicle to be turned on if the driver hasn't been drinking.
State laws change frequently. For case specific information regarding Maine's DUI laws contact a local DUI attorney.
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