OUI and Criminal

Discreet, professional defense attorneys in Southern Maine

If you have been accused of a crime in Maine, the criminal defense attorneys at Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, P.A. have the experience and know-how to navigate the legal system and resolve the matter efficiently, professionally, and discreetly.

Christopher Leddy and his team represent clients accused of a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors in both state and federal court, including the following:

  • OUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fish & Game
  • Weapon Offenses
  • Assault
  • Probation violations
  • Traffic

It is important to note that in Maine, OUI is not limited to the operation of an automobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but can also apply to other motorized transportation, such as boats and snowmobiles. OUI defense is a specialized area of criminal defense law. Our attorneys are well-versed in its legal nuances.

Protecting client rights

A criminal conviction can pose very serious and long-term consequences including heavy fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and having to explain your conviction to future employers. From arraignment to negotiations with the district attorney’s office to trial, our legal team has the necessary experience and knowledge to protect your interests and help get the best possible resolution to the charges.


That question may sound harsh, but in reality that’s what anyone charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Maine has to consider.

Maine’s OUI law has changed and new mandatory minimum sentences make a ‘simple OUI’ a costly and complex legal matter. A first offense can now mean a loss of license for up to 150 days. That’s a first offense with a test under .15; if you refuse to take a test or test higher than a .15 BAC, there are other minimum sentences that apply which may involve jail time and longer license suspensions. Can you imagine carrying on your daily life without a license? There are several ways to minimize such an impact on you and your family, but to do so you cannot afford to miss a step in the process, it can mean delays in getting your driving privileges back.

Wouldn’t it be better if you only lost your license for 30 days? Or not at all? Outcomes in the realm of legal services can be difficult to define, but there are several important steps that an experienced attorney can guide you through to best protect your driving privileges.

There are distinct elements of proof the State must meet to obtain an OUI conviction. While the State bears the burden at every step, they also have all the investigators. Think about it, our streets are patrolled by professional police officers, trained in detecting impairment and collecting evidence. You may simply have your memory of the evening and you probably admitted to drinking. Doesn’t it make sense to secure an equally professional advocate for your “side of the story”?

Christopher Leddy is the lead attorney handling OUI cases at the firm.

As a former Prosecutor and current instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Attorney Leddy has nearly 20 years’ experience and the knowledge to fairly assess the factual basis for the State’s case. Then, with a clear understanding of what you are facing, you can make an informed choice as to how best to resolve your case.

Along with the relationships he has built with both prosecutors and defense counsel, Chris has spent a great deal of time in actual litigation. “There really is no substitute for courtroom experience when it comes to a fair assessment of issues, evidence, and outcomes.” says Leddy.

Contact us to discuss your criminal or OUI charge.

People accused of crimes in Southern Maine rely on the skill, discretion, and professionalism of the attorneys at Ainsworth Thelin. To find out how we can help you, call us at 207-767-4824, or complete the contact form on the right.


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