Why You Should Choose a Portland Defense Lawyer With Care

When considering a defense lawyer in Portland, Maine, remember that the lawyer you hire will be representing you both in and out of court and that you will be relying on him or her to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. It’s important to think long and hard about that lawyer’s qualifications and experience and to determine whether that lawyer is… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Maine’s Habitual Offender Revocation

Imagine receiving a few speeding tickets, but never having your license revoked. Then one day you receive one more and lose your license for 3 years. If you have had multiple convictions for violations of motor vehicle laws in Maine, be wary. Maine has an habitual offender law that is strict with serious consequences for Maine drivers. An… Read more »

Why You Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer If Charged With Fraud In Maine

The State of Maine has an array of laws that criminalize fraudulent conduct, such as credit card fraud and bank fraud. Although these may be the most common fraud-related crimes that comes to mind, fraud actually is a large umbrella that covers many different criminal acts. In fact, fraud is the most prevalent white collar crime…. Read more »

Understanding Grand Larceny Charges in Portland, Maine

Those accused of grand larceny in Portland, Maine are likely confused and concerned. You have multiple options when charged with a crime, which include negotiating a plea agreement or contesting the charges at trial.  The decision as to how to proceed is important so we have set forth below certain information you need to know. What is Grand… Read more »

Sentencing in Maine criminal drug charges

In Maine, sentencing for drug charges depends on the type of drug (Schedule W, X, Y, or Z), the amount possessed, and the activity involved (e.g., trafficking, manufacturing, etc.). Other factors, like criminal history, play into sentencing as well. These other factors may be “aggravating factors,” which elevate the level of the crime and require judges to impose a… Read more »

Navigating the Criminal Court Process and Procedure

Unless you know someone or you’ve been through the criminal process yourself, you may find yourself lost. This is understandable, given the multiple hearing dates, notices, and foreign terminology. This article seeks to help you through Maine’s criminal process by laying it out step-by-step, from arrest to sentencing. Arrest Officers have authority to arrest a suspect for a crime upon finding probable cause… Read more »

Looking for an Assault Lawyer in Portland, Maine?

At the Law Office of Richard S. Berne, we have over 40+ years of experience providing criminal defense charges. Over the years, we have learned that certain assault charges are without merit and that false accusations run rampant in the court system. There are several layers of complexity when fighting an assault charge, yet our team is… Read more »

Portland Maine Embezzlement Lawyer

Embezzlement is a unique kind of property theft defined by the conditions of access and trust. While the majority of embezzlement cases are for big money, Maine law defines it as taking anything of value, money or property, from someone who has entrusted their money or items to your care. This means that even if you took… Read more »

Portland Maine Marijuana Possession Lawyer

Maine is one of the most conflicted states to have successfully legalized marijuana and its policies on recreational use reflect this. There have been arguments, recounts, and the final successful referendum was passed against the wishes of the standing Governor who has made it clear that he will continue to oppose legalization. Even municipalities are preparing to locally ban… Read more »