Maine Dui Lawyer
DUI (OUI) Criminal Defense Attorney Wayne Foote specializes
in defending persons charged with Maine DUI offenses.
Attorney Foote has also successfully represented hundreds of
people charged with other types of crimes
such as those
involving alleged violation of federal gun and drug laws.
Mr. Foote is admitted to practice before the United States
Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of
Maine, the St
ate of Maine and the Passamaquoddy Tribal
Mr. Foote has been recognized as one of the best DUI defense lawyers in Maine and the
entire United States. He is a passionate defender of his clients and the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney Foote served eight y
ears in the U.S. Army as an electronic intelligence specialist
and Russian linguist. After being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, Mr. Foote
attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In 1983, he graduated magna cum laude with a
degree in history
and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from University of Maine
School of Law in 1986.
Maine’s Only Drunk
Driving Attorney to be Board Certified in DUI
Bangor, Maine DUI Attorney Wayne Foote is the only drunk
driving defense lawyer in
and one of only about 40 nationwide
to be Board Certified in DUI Defense Law by
the National College for DUI Defense
the certification partner of the American Bar
Based in Bangor and serving much of the state, Mr. Foote has amassed a g
reat number of
related certifications and has trained other lawyers in DUI defense law.
As one of the country’s most respected DUI lawyers, Attorney Foote has successfully
defended hundreds of people facing drunk
driving charges and drug
driving Laws in Maine
The legal term for DUI in Maine is Operating under the Influence, or OUI. OUI is defined as
operating any kind of motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Alcohol, illegal
drugs and even legal
prescription drugs are all intoxicants that, if taken before or while
operating a motor vehicle in Maine, can result in an OUI charge.
If your physical and mental abilities are even slightly impaired in Maine, you are
considered to be “under the influence.
” If you are impaired to any degree, or if you have a
alcohol or breath alcohol content (BAC or BrAC) of .08% or higher, you will be
charged with a DUI in Maine.
Bangor OUI Defense Attorney Wayne Foote
Maine DUI penalties are among the harshest in th
e nation. Even a first
charged with a DUI offense in Maine can be sentenced to jail, probation, fines and license
Felony DUI in Maine, including cases that result in serious injury or loss of life, can send the
offender to jail fo
r years and revoke licenses for life.
There is a wide range of penalties for violating Maine’s DUI laws. Although it is very rare
for a first
time DUI offender to receive the maximum Maine drunk
driving penalty, the
sentence imposed in the average case is
Attorney Wayne Foote’s Certifications
After graduating from law school, Attorney Foote continued his education by amassing
extensive training in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
certification partner of the Americ
an Bar Association. In fact, Mr. Foote is the first and only
attorney in Maine who is Board Certified in DUI Defense Law by the NCDD. Fewer than
forty lawyers nationwide have achieved this level of expertise.
Mr. Foote also received Certificates of Achieve
ment for successful completion of the NCDD’s
Summer Sessions in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
and 2013; and the 2006 and 2009 Winter Sessions.
He is a Sustaining Member of the NCDD and was their Maine State Delegate from
Understanding Maine DUI Laws and Penalties
The penalties and consequences for breaking Maine’s DUI laws depend upon both the
number of offenses you have in your past and the severity of the resulting injuries and
occur from your offense. Your charge may fall within a wide range of
punishments on the Maine DUI spectrum.
In addition to the penalties imposed by the State
of Maine for DUI offenses, you will also be reported to your home state or Canadian
almost every case, this will result in your home state or province suspending
Attorney Foote defends clients in Maine’s District, Superior and Federal
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the State of Maine, you will
in one of the many District Courts, Superior Courts or Federal Courts located in Maine.
Attorney Wayne Foote is licensed to practice law throughout Maine. He specializes in
defending clients charged with criminal offenses, such as those legall
y classified in Maine as
Operating Under the Influence (OUI), but are commonly referred to in Maine and elsewhere
as drunk driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Attorney Foote is equally qualified to represent you i
n the appropriate courts for any type
of criminal case, such as federal and state gun
Types of Cases Heard at Different Courts in Maine
In Maine, District Courts have limited jurisdiction and generally do not prosecute felony
charges. Most OUI cases are misdemeanors and can be heard in the State’s District Courts.
Attorney Foote defends DUI cases in the District Courts of Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec,
Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington Counties.
perior Courts are Maine’s general jurisdiction courts. Jury trials are available only in
the State’s Superior Courts. Attorney Foote practices in the Superior Courts located in
Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and
DUIs and other crimes that occur on federal property located in Maine are
heard in one of the State’s two Federal Courts.
Attorney Foote defends OUI cases that occur in Acadia National Park in Hancock County,
which are prosecuted in the Federal Court in Bangor, Maine.
He has lectured at the University of Maine in graduate
level courses on the subjects of
scientific evidence and the use of expert witnesses in criminal matters.
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