Maine is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is
the most Northeastern state in the U.S. Maine is known for its
beautiful scenery, including rocky coastlines, scenic waterways and low
rolling mountains. With nearly 90% of the land forested, it has been
nicknamed "The Pine Tree State."
With 320 miles of coastline, Maine boasts an abundance of seafood such
as lobster and clams. New England clam chowder is a popular dish in
this locality. Maine is one of the oldest territories with the landing
of the Plymouth Company in 1607. Dating back to 1860, Maine is divided
into 16 counties, with Cumberland and York Counties being the most
Residents of Maine have troubles with the law, just like everywhere
else. That being said, Maine has the lowest incarceration rate in the
country with a rate of 150 per 100,000 residents compared to a national
rate of 502. One reason for this low rate is thought to be due the low
incidence of large cities and welfare projects in the state, however
this is only speculation.
In Maine, DUI laws are referred to as OUI, or "Operating Under the
Influence." This refers to the operation of any vehicle while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. Any driver operating a vehicle with
blood alcohol content greater than .08 is in violation of the law.
Refusing to submit to an alcohol or substance test can further
complicate your case due to the Implied Consent Law of the state.
All first time OIU offenders receive a 90 day driver's license
suspension and must pay between $400-500 in fees. Further offenses will
result in jail time, additional license suspension and fees, and other
The sealing of criminal records may be possible when expungement is not
an option. Record sealing allows for some ongoing access to criminal
records, while expungement allows no access. Maine laws make it
possible for certain types of records to be sealed. Juveniles who have
a criminal record are eligible for a sealing of their record after
three years have passed.
Juveniles may also be considered for this if no conviction was reached
on their case. The third circumstance that may qualify an individual to
have their record sealed is when the person doesn't have current
adjudicatory proceedings for adult or juvenile crimes.
Most states have some weird laws on their books, and Maine has its fair
share. For example, it is illegal to step out of a plane in flight.
Remember that the next time you are tempted to step off your flight. In
the city of Augusta, it's illegal to stroll down the street while
playing a violin, and in Biddeford, it's illegal to roller-skate down