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Maine Domestic Assault Charges, Defenses, and Sentences

For the past several years domestic violence cases have been a priority of state prosecutors in Maine and around the country.  Thus the number of prosecutions has increased dramatically and the sentences have become more severe. What constitutes domestic violence in Maine? Domestic violence, which is short for domestic violence assault, is basically assault against… Read more »

Maine’s Process For Extradition for Fugitives From Justice

Maine law contains detailed procedures for the extradition of a person in Maine accused of a crime in another state or who has been convicted of a crime in another state. While the term ‘fugitive from justice’ may conjure up images of Harrison Ford desperately fleeing from the police, it applies to people who may… Read more »

Can I Obtain A Limited License Or Work Permit In Maine After DWI?

Being charged with Operating Under then Influance (OUI) is undoutedly serious given the potential jail sentence and the fines.  However, perhaps the most devastating consequence is the suspension of your driver’s license. There is, fortunately, a procedure in Maine to continue driving under certain circumstances before the official suspension is completed. This opportunity is called… Read more »

Was Your Criminal Record Expunged? Who Can and Can’t See It

Many people are genuinely concerned about the impact their criminal record may have on their lives moving forward.  Unfortunately, Maine law does not provide for the expungement of criminal records, except under very limited circumstances. Maine law does permit executive pardons (under certain circumstances) by the Governor.  In addition, it provides for expungement sealing of… Read more »

How To Find The Best Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer For You

Most of us hope we will never need the services of a criminal defense lawyer since being charged with a crime is overwhelming and extremely stressful.  Moreover, if the need should arise, you face a bit of a quandary since there are numerous criminal defense attorneys and those unfamiliar with the legal system may have… Read more »

Sexual Assault Defense Attorney in Portland, Maine

In addition to severe penalties, a sexual assault conviction may also carries a serious social stigma; in fact a mere charge of such conduct may adversely affect one’s standing among friends, family, and even complete strangers.  If convicted, there is the likelihood of a term of imprisonment and the duty to register as a sex offender which may have… Read more »

Federal Criminal False Claim Crimes

There are several criminal statutes that target false claims and services against the federal government.  They are contained in Chapter 15 of Title 18 of the Federal Criminal Code.  The primary statute is Title 18 United States Code Section 287 which criminalizes any knowingly false claim made upon or against any department of the United… Read more »

What Makes a Good Criminal Lawyer in Portland, Maine?

When you’ve been accused of a crime, you want ensure that you have a highly-qualified lawyer on your side; someone who with extensive experience with the court system and equally experienced in the type of charge you are facing . Unfortunately, most people are not equipped to determine whether a particular lawyer has the experience and skills to properly… Read more »

Federal Bank Robbery Defense Lawyer in Maine

Bank robbery is a serious federal offense which may result in harsh penalties including incarceration and a fine.  If you’ve been charged with  bank robbery, you may feel overwhelmed and concerned. Nonetheless, you have every right to contest such charges including insisting on a trial if necessary.  A skilled Maine bank robbery defense attorney can protect your… Read more »

Rising Cocaine Crimes In Maine: Lawyers Looking At Drug Trafficking Cases From 2018

At least one news outlet in Portland has noted the increase in cocaine related arrests in Maine.  See,”oCocaine’s Comeback: Maine Drug Arrest Data Shows Increase In Cocaine Cases.” Nearly a third of drug arrests in 2018 were in connection with cocaine possession or trafficking. However, according to the MDEA (Maine Drug Enforcement Agency), heroin, fentanyl and other opiates… Read more »