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Maine OUI Field Sobriety Tests

When you are stopped and the officer suspects impairment, they will utilize field sobriety tests to determine possible impairment due to alcohol or drugs. Your performance on these field sobriety tests is used by the officer to develop probable cause for arrest and as evidence in court.

Standardized Tests Versus Non-Standardized Tests

A wide variety of field sobriety tests exist and range in terms of reliability and weight if used in court. There are three standardized tests that are meant to be done identically by every officer to yield the most accurate results. There are also many more non-standardized tests that hold less evidentiary weight, but still can be used by an officer. The three standardized tests are Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn, and One Leg Stand.

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Everyone knows someone that has gotten an OUI. And if you don’t know of anyone, a friend of a friend likely has.

To give you an idea, in 2016, there were 8594 arrests relating to driving under the influence. This does not mean convictions of any crimes.

Getting pulled over for an OUI can happen relatively easily, and unfortunately, most often, you are guilty until proven innocent. And the way to prove your innocence can also condemn you in a court of law.

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Operating under the influence (OUI) is a charge known as DUI in other states, which tends to be the more recognized acronym.

Being charged with an OUI means that you were driving or trying to operate a vehicle (that’s any motorized vehicle) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For an OUI in Maine, the legal limit for alcohol in your blood or breath is 0.08%. If you’re over this, you can be charged with an OUI.

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