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How Attorney-Client Privilege Works In Juvenile Cases

When a young person is accused of a crime, it is not unusual for their parents to step in to provide support, financial assistance, and parental guidance. It’s also common for parents to hire a criminal defense lawyer to ensure their son or daughter has qualified, experienced representation to assist in dealing with a criminal charge. But when your… Read more »

Maine Assault Defense Attorney

Portland, Maine Criminal Defense Attorney If you have been charged with assault, it helps to understand which of several potential charges you may be facing. In Maine there are different classifications of assault based on the alleged conduct, the seriousness of the injuries and the characteristics of the alleged victim. What  are the classifications of Assault in Maine? As noted… Read more »

Maine Criminal Court

Maine Criminal Court Attorney What was once a two-tiered system of the judicial branch in Maine is now a single entity known as the Unified Criminal Docket (UCD).  Cases processes in this system include: Criminal actions Certain associated civil actions The UCD strives to: Promote prompt and fair resolution of cases by sharing  case information… Read more »

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer If you, a family member or friend is under instigation for or charged with a criminal offense,  it is imperative to  search for an experienced, well-trained defense attorney to assist in obtaining the best possible resolution of the matter. In Portland, Maine, that lawyer is Richard S. Berne. His 42 years of hands on experience and… Read more »

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Firearm Charges

Maine Firearm Defense Lawyer A firearm charge may be brought by either state or federal prosecutors depending on seriousness of the allegations or what investigative agency handled the investigation. Maine statutes contain both misdemeanor and felony firearm provisions and ultimately the prosecutor will determine whether you will face state or federal charges. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Charge Under Maine’s… Read more »

Human Trafficking & Promoting Prostitution Charges In Maine

Human Trafficking in Maine Human trafficking is the third largest criminal activity in the world and is a form of slavery, forced labor, domestic servitude and commercial sex trafficking. A 2016 “Maine Human Trafficking Needs Assessment” report is a study of human trafficking in Maine and shows that hundreds of victims are of sex trafficking are reported each… Read more »

Defense Against Solicitation of Prostitution Charges

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ most recent arrest report, law enforcement arrested 47,598 Americans for prostitution charges in 2014. Sadly, most people experience terrible consequences when prosecutors charge them for alleged prostitution crimes. In Maine, these stigmatizing charges can ruin reputations and destroy professional careers. The police can arrest and imprison prostitutes and… Read more »

Federal Sex Offender Failure to Notify

Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 established the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as SORNA. SORNA’s purpose is to close the loopholes and gaps that existed under previous laws, which has resulted in the strengthening of the national sex offender registration network. The purpose of… Read more »

Federal Sex Offender Requirements in Maine

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer A person who is convicted a sex related crime, will in most instances have to register with the Maine Sex  Offender Registry for the a minimum of 10 years or in some cases for life.  Failure to do so may result in serious consequences. What information is required for registration? When you sign up for the registry, you… Read more »