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 »