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Kennebec DA Launches OUI Diversion Program
02/11/2013 9:31 AM ET  

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, who took office last month, has launched a program that she says gives first-time offenders a chance to avoid conviction.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Kennebec County's new district attorney has launched a program that gives people arrested for drunken driving for the first time a chance to avoid conviction.

But it's not easy.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, who took office last month, says those charged have to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment if recommended, refrain from using or possessing alcohol for a year, do community service, pay a monthly supervision fee and refrain from new criminal conduct.

She tells the Kennebec Journal the people considered for the diversion program must have a clean criminal record, a blood alcohol content of less than 0.12 percent during the incident and no aggravating factors in the traffic stop.

The county had had a no-deal policy when it came to OUI since 1976.

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