Felony Possession of a Firearm

Felony possession of a firearm is a crime that can be tried at the state and Federal levels. However, for a person to be accused of this crime, they must be considered a “prohibited person.” According to Federal law 8 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1-9), a prohibited person is defined as any of the following: A person… Read more »

Maine Human Trafficking Lawyer

How is Human Trafficking Legally Defined in Maine? What exactly is human trafficking?  Obvious examples, as seen on television  and in the movies,  involve containers full of enslaved, starving women or a dingy basement full of shackled women and men but in reality there are more subtle forms of human trafficking  involving the use of coercion, force, and fraud to force people into occupations… Read more »

Maine OUI Lawyer

Maine Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Repeat OUI Convictions Aggravating Factors Speeding 30mph Blood Alcohol Level BAC at 0.15 or more Eluding and Resisting Any attempt to avoid being apprehended  and breath-tested, no matter how minor Minor Passenger Anyone in the car under the age of 21 Breath Test Refusal If you refuse the breath test,… Read more »

What are the Consequences for Maine Drugged Driving?

What is Drugged Driving? Officially known as an OUI or Operating Under the Influence, drugged driving is the specific term used for cases where it is alleged a person operated a vehicle under the influence of any drugs including but not limited heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and any similar controlled substances. This is an incredibly dangerous… Read more »

Child Pornography Laws in Maine

In Maine child pornography is strictly prohibited a person found guilty of such conduct will be subject to severe penalties. In addition, perpetrators will generally be required to be registered as sex offenders in perpetuity. similarly, caregivers and other mandated reporters may be found liable for failing to report or prevent the abuse of children. Sexual Exploitation of a Minor… Read more »

Assault Laws in the State of Maine

The common law crime of assault is defined as causing a reasonably prudent person to apprehend the imminent occurrence of a harmful or offensive touch. Traditionally, there did not need to be an actual contact between the person committing assault and the victim; if the contact actually did occur then it was called “battery” and… Read more »

What is White Collar Crime and Do You Need a Lawyer?

Maine White Collar Criminal Lawyer White collar crimes are unique, complicated and thus require an attorney with specific experience with such cases.  Examples are tax evasion, security fraud, embezzlement, fraudulent schemes to obtain property or money, check kiting, advance fee schemes, health care fraud and the like.  Richard Berne has had  extensive experience with such… Read more »

Types of Drug Crimes In Portland, Maine

There are many different types of drug crimes under Maine and federal law.  Depending on the seriousness of the charge,  an individual  may be prosecuted by the state or by the federal government.  Typically if you are charged federally, you will be facing more severe potential penalties. Before we review potential penalties, it is important to know the different types of drug crimes. Drug… Read more »

Types of White Collar Crimes in Maine

When people hear about white collar crimes, they think of crimes committed by wealthy people who are hoping to unlawfully line their pockets. Most people think about embezzlement and tax evasion, but  there are many different types of white collar crimes. So, what are some common white collar crimes? They include: Fraud. Fraud is a general term… Read more »

What to Look for in a Robbery Lawyer in Portland, Maine

People are confronted with various life-changing events on a daily basis, such as a cancer diagnosis, suffering devastating injury in a car accident or the like or suffering from the loss of a loved one. These tragedies dramatically alter our perspective, and often leave us devastated requiring  months to heal.  At the Law Office of Richard S. Berne, we realize that being charged with a serious crime can also devastate defendants… Read more »