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According to the 2010 Maine Crime Report provided by Maine.gov, a crime is committed somewhere in the state every fifteen minutes and ten seconds. Criminal charges are a common occurrence, but many people are unaware of the lasting impact that a criminal conviction will have on their future. If you have been accused of a crime for the first time, you may be wondering what can be done to avoid conviction and these harsh penalties?
Our Maine criminal defense lawyers are determined to help you through the frightening process of the criminal justice system. We focus exclusively on criminal defense law and have provided this helpful information so that you can understand the charges brought against you and the precise laws that may protect your rights. Click any of the links below to learn more about a specific criminal offense.
The criminal justice system is prone to errors, and every convicted defendant has the right to file an appeal of their sentence. Winning a criminal appeal can be difficult because you must be able to prove that a substantial and prejudicial error was committed during the course of your trial, as errors that are "harmless" do not qualify.
It is illegal to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol or with a BAC of 0.08% or greater in Maine; and there are harsh penalties even for those who are convicted for the first time. From breathalyzer tests to field sobriety tests, there are numerous methods that police officers use to charge someone with a DUI, and challenging these methods is the best way to defeat your charges.
Crimes involving illegal or controlled substances in the state of Maine include drug possession, trafficking, cultivation of drugs, and prescription fraud. Over 5,345 adults and 567 juveniles were arrested for drug charges in Maine in 2009, and the penalties under the law for these offenses are severe.
Nearly 35% of all state prison admissions in 2006 were offenders who returned to jail as a result of probation violations. If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation, you must take swift action to protect your rights and avoid suffering the penalties of your original offense.
Domestic violence arrests accounted for 45.1% of all arrests in Maine in 2010. It is relatively easy to accuse someone of domestic violence, and those who are wrongfully accused may have a difficult time saving their reputation, relationships and career. Thankfully, there is a way to challenge domestic violence charges.
As soon as an individual is convicted of certain sex crimes in Maine, they are required to register as a sex offender in the national registry and report on where they live, work and go to school. Sex offender registration is extremely detrimental to one's future, and those who are accused of sex crimes must do everything in their power to avoid a conviction.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes include a full range of fraudulent activities committed by business and government professionals. From credit card fraud to embezzlement and identity theft, these non-violent crimes have the potential to destroy the career and reputation of the one who has been accused of committing them.
Individuals who have committed a crime will be tried in juvenile court up to the age of eighteen, but juveniles may also be tried as adults in certain situations. The effects of a juvenile conviction may carry over into other aspects of the juvenile's life, and may affect future employment, driver's licensing privileges and public benefits.
According to the Maine Department of Public Safety, a robbery was committed every 21 hours in Maine during the year of 2010. Robbery, burglary and other property theft crimes are on the rise throughout the entire state, and various District Attorney offices are aggressively prosecuting suspected offenders. The penalties for theft crimes can include lengthy prison time, especially if aggravating circumstances are involved.
The classification of violent crimes in Maine range from Class D misdemeanors to Class A felonies. Murder, manslaughter, assault, criminal threatening, stalking and terrorizing are but a few of the violent crimes that one can be accused of.
The gun laws in Maine regulate the possession, sale and use of firearms and ammunition throughout the state. Maine allows for the concealed carry of a weapon upon issue of a permit from the local or state police, and it is unlawful to carry any firearm concealed without this permit. In addition to federal gun laws, Maine state laws also prohibit people from carrying guns for other reasons as well.
Individuals who are accused of federal crimes will likely be under investigation from federal agencies such as the FBI or DEA. Federal drug cases, Social Security fraud, federal gun charges and federal probation violations are but a few of the federal offenses that one can be charged with in Maine, and many cyber-crimes are handled by federal agencies as well.
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Criminal accusations carry serious repercussions and when such aggressive charges are placed on you, you need equally aggressive attorneys like William T. Bly to protect your rights and civil liberty. Regardless of whether you have been accused of a Class E misdemeanor crime or a Class A felony crime, you should never be without legal representation in the courtroom. When you contact a criminal defense attorney about your case, make sure that the attorney has handled similar cases before and ask for information on their past case results. Our Maine criminal defense attorneys for your case will have a thorough understanding of the law and a passion for proving your innocence or helping clients obtain the most favorable outcomes. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have locations throughout the state including Biddeford, Portland and Sacco.