White Collar Crime: Credit Card Fraud

What is white collar crime? White collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes that are motivated by financial gain. These crimes include bribery, fraud, extortion, embezzlement, and similar offenses with a common thread of fraud and/or deceit as motivation. Credit Card Fraud Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft. This white collar crime involves… Read more »

You Should Have Former Federal Prosecutor On Your Side

The Law Office of Richard S. Berne has the strong advantage of having a former federal prosecutor on its team. What does that mean to you? Imagine having your opponent’s playbook before the big game. You will be familiar with every play even before they make it. Your game will be much more competitive and… Read more »

Avoid Deportation with Good Counsel

The United States of America is an always-changing global community, hosting nationalities from every corner of the world. People visit the land of opportunity everyday hoping for a brighter tomorrow. Some have become residents or applied for citizenship through the Green Card program. Others are simply in the United States for work purposes or to… Read more »

40 Plus Years of Experience: Richard S. Berne

40 Plus Years of Experience: Richard Berne We may all find ourselves in a legal bind at some point in our life. When that time is at hand, you will need someone in your corner. A criminal defense attorney can take the burden off your shoulders and fight your legal battles with you to secure… Read more »

Draconian Sentencing in Drug Cases

  As a result of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980’s, Congress imposed draconian maximum sentences on all drug-related statutes. Draconian meaning excessively harsh and severe consequences that can be traced back to Draco the Athenian who gave heavy punishments for small offenses. The Congress also implemented the Federal Sentencing Guideline regimen that also… Read more »

3 Ways You Can Lose Your Firearm in Maine

The State of Maine has a strong and enduring tradition of the right to own and possess firearms for protection, sport, and hunting.  Unfortunately, there are many situations that can lead to the loss of this right, as well as prosecution.  If you feel that your Maine gun rights are in jeopardy, or that you… Read more »

Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic Violence Charges The Tragic Cycle of Domestic Violence. As a Maine criminal defense attorney, Richard S. Berne has first-hand experience with the tragedy that is domestic violence. Based upon related studies, volatile relationships follow a cycle that can begin and complete in less than 24 hours, or continue over a period of weeks or… Read more »

How Domestic Abuse Convictions Lead to a Ban on Firearms

In certain cases, defendants who have been convicted of even misdemeanor domestic abuse can be barred by law from owning or possessing firearms.  The relevant laws and statutes seek to protect victims of domestic abuse from exposure to further or more serious harm. Maine adheres to the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, based upon the… Read more »

Client was not charged after a several year major federal white collar fraud investigation of an international business venture by the US Attorney’s Offices in Connecticut and Maine.

His partner in the business venture was indicted, tied and sentenced to several years incarceration. Similarly we achieved a deferred prosecution agreement and ultimately dismissal of all charges in a recent state investigation of a client for theft of computer information from his employer. In other federal white collar matters we obtained a sentence of… Read more »

Client in a multi defendant several thousand plant marijuana case received 6 months as opposed to the other defendants who received in excess of 10 years imprisonment.

We were able to persuade federal prosecutors in Vermont to dismiss the indictment against our client in a multi-state federal drug conspiracy where the other defendants received multi-year prison terms. We have obtained dismissals, misdemeanor dispositions and/or non-custodial sentences in numerous state felony drug prosecutions including involving large quantities of heroin and cocaine. These results… Read more »