Aroostook County is Maine's northernmost county, running along most of the state's border with Canada. Despite its huge size, it only has 70,000 people living in it. However, that does not mean that crimes are not committed in the county. Criminal allegations can be filed anywhere in the region, including:
- Fort Fairfield
- Fort Kent
- Presque Isle
- Van Buren
Regardless of the type of criminal charge you are facing, hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be the best move you make. Defending against the allegation can prevent a criminal charge from turning into a criminal conviction and upending your life. Even after the fines and jail time of a conviction have been dealt with, the blemish on your criminal history can be difficult to overcome.
The defense attorneys at WTB Law can help you raise your rights and protect your future from the penalties of a criminal conviction if you have been charged in Aroostook County.
Criminal Defense in Aroostook County with WTB Law
According to crime statistics for the state of Maine, Aroostook County is one of the safer counties in the state. Those statistics are based on crime rate, which counts the number of index crimes that were committed in a year for every 1,000 residents. Across Maine, the average crime rate was 16.32 in 2017. In Aroostook County, it was only 10.23, down over 25% from the previous year.
Many of those crimes were concentrated in Presque Isle and Houlton, where the crime rate was over 25 per 1,000 residents – 2.5 times higher than the average for the county as a whole.
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you fight against a criminal charge. Some of the most common property crimes they defend against are:
The lawyers at WTB Law also legally represent people against charges of serious violent crimes, like:
- Assault, including aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
- Reckless conduct
- Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon
The defense lawyers at WTB Law have helped numerous people fight and beat criminal charges like these.
Sex Crimes in Aroostook County
Certain kinds of criminal charges are unique and take special care during the defense process. One of these types of criminal charge is for a sex crime like:
Convictions for severe sex crimes can force you to register as a sex offender for years after you have been released from jail. In some cases, you can have to register for the rest of your life.
Maine's sex offender registry can be seen by anyone who searches it. This can make it impossible to hide your past from potential employers, friends, or even family members. Worse, lots of people think that it is okay or even a good thing to publicize someone else's past transgressions.
Even if you have just been accused of a sex crime in Aroostook County, you could face discrimination and social stigmatization as people jump to conclusions. This makes defending against a charge of a sex crime a very sensitive endeavor.
WTB Law can help.
OUIs in Aroostook County
Operating under the influence (OUI) is likely the most common criminal offense for law-abiding citizens to be accused of doing. Because OUI is a strict liability crime that does not require you to intend to break the law, lots of upstanding citizens get charged with OUI every year.
Aroostook County is no exception. People in the region face drunk driving or drugged driving charges on a regular basis, especially in the Presque Isle and Caribou areas, or along the Route 1 corridor.
- Underage OUIs
- OUIs by commercial drivers
- OUIs that cause an accident
- OUIs that hurt someone
- Child endangerment OUIs
- Vehicular manslaughter
Title 12 Regulations
Aroostook County is the home of some of Maine's most pristine wilderness. Title 12 is the law in Maine that regulates how people can enjoy those outdoor resources. It outlines the rules and regulations for:
Breaking any of these laws can have a negative impact on your ability to enjoy the outdoors in Aroostook County. The Title 12 attorneys at WTB Law can help you make sure you are abiding by the rules and protect your rights to the outdoors.
Aroostook County's Court System
Because Aroostook County is so large, the state of Maine has established several district courts in the County. They are located in:
- Caribou, at 144 Sweden Street
- Fort Kent, at 139 Market Street
- Houlton, at 26 Court Street
- Madawaska, at 645 Main Street
- Presque Isle, at 27 Riverside Drive
These different courts are supposed to make it more convenient for people who have been arrested and are facing charges in the northern reaches of Aroostook County. Rather than have to drive up to two hours down to the county's main courthouse in Houlton, they can go to one of these “satellite” courthouses. However, some of these smaller courthouses have irregular business hours or are entirely closed on some days. This can create scheduling problems.
Regardless of where your case is heard, it will be prosecuted by lawyers from the Aroostook County District Attorney's Office.
WTB Law: Criminal Defense Lawyers for People Accused of a Crime in Aroostook County
The criminal defense attorneys at WTB Law can help you defend against a criminal charge in Aroostook County. With their help, you can rest assured that all of your available legal defenses are being raised on your behalf and that the prosecutor's case against you is being challenged.
Reach out to the lawyers at WTB Law by contacting them online or by calling their law office at (207) 571-8146.