If you are facing OUI charges, an OUI lawyer will help protect your rights and defend against the charges.
An OUI conviction can have a devastating impact on your life. It can lead to a criminal record, loss of driving privileges, expensive fines and fees, and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education program. This is why it is critical to have an experienced OUI lawyer by your side to work towards a positive outcome for your case.
The OUI law is one of the most complex areas of criminal defense due to the technical nature of the scientific evidence involved in breathalyzer and blood test cases. An experienced OUI attorney will be well-versed in the specific laws governing your case, allowing them to identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and craft a personalized strategy designed to ensure that your rights are protected.
OUI is a misdemeanor charge in Portland, which means that it can be heard at a local District Court and does not have to be transferred to Superior Court for a jury trial like many other criminal cases in Cumberland County. At a pretrial hearing or arraignment, you will be formally charged with OUI and be informed of what type of punishment is being sought by the Prosecutor.
At the arraignment, we will also have an opportunity to question (cross examine) the arresting officer about their reasonable suspicion standard for pulling you over as they did not have probable cause at the time of the initial stop. We will also have an opportunity to put on any witnesses that may be able to testify to events leading up to your arrest, including whether or not you were asked to take the Field Sobriety Tests or a breathalyzer.