Westbrook, Maine OUI Criminal Defense Attorney
Westbrook is a city of 17,494, just to the west of Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Now a suburb of Portland, Westbrook grew around the S.D. Warren Paper Mill, located on the Presumpscot River. The mill, built in the 1730s, was once the largest paper mill in the world, soon after the Civil War, and employed over 3,000 people in the 20th Century, when it represented more than half of Westbrook's tax base. However, in 1995, a South African paper company, Sappi Limited, bought the mill and outsourced nearly all of its work, leaving this integral piece of Westbrook a fraction of what it once was. While the loss of the mill crippled Westbrook for a time, it has since rebounded, and has developed a solid downtown area of its own.
While relatively poor compared to the rest of Cumberland County, figures show that Westbrook is nevertheless moderately affluent, by Maine's standards. With a median household income of $42,390 in 2013, Westbrook was only slightly below the state's average of $46,974 for the year.
Unfortunately, statistics show that, as a busy suburb of Portland, Westbrook has inherited some of the city's crime rates, leaving them significantly over the Maine state averages, and in line with the nation's averages for property crimes. Like for the rest of Maine, however, violent crimes are lower than normal for the U.S. To combat the crime rate that's above the state average, Westbrook employs a police force of 40 law enforcement officers. At 2.15 officers per 1,000 residents, this is significantly larger than the state average, of 1.69 officers per 1,000 residents.
Location of Court
If you get charged with a crime like operating under the influence (OUI) in Westbrook, then your case will be heard in the Portland District Court. Please see our page on the Portland court system for more details on the courthouse, where to park, and any unique aspects of court procedure that you should be aware of.
All cities in Cumberland County, including Westbrook, are within the jurisdiction of the Cumberland County District Attorney, Stephanie Anderson. Ms. Anderson has held the position of district attorney for more than two decades. She divides her office into teams, each of which is led by an experienced prosecutor, and each of which deals with certain police departments in the county, handling all of that department's caseload.
Cumberland County is tough on crime and especially tough on OUI charges. Westbrook PD cruisers are equipped with video camera systems and like the rest of the state of Maine, Westbrook PD employs an Intoxilyzer 8000 for breath testing suspected drunk drivers.
Attorney William T. Bly
Any criminal charge is a serious matter, and one for OUI is no exception. Convictions for OUI lead to fines, jail time, and a license suspension that can make you life difficult in our car-heavy society. To make matters worse, these are just the direct consequences of an OUI conviction. There are also other problems that crop up, if you have an OUI on your record. These include the social stigma of having a criminal record, as well as increased difficulties in getting a job.
Attorney William T. Bly specializes in OUI defense. His extensive knowledge of the field includes an in-depth understanding of field sobriety and breath testing – he is one of only a few attorneys certified as a Breath Test Technician by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This knowledge has led to numerous successful defenses against OUI charges, bolstering an already solid track record.
If you've been charged for OUI in Westbrook, call the law office of William T. Bly at (207) 571-8146, or contact him online.