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Bangor Criminal Law Defense Attorney

Based on 2011 information from, the crime rate in Bangor, ME appears to be mixed. As a whole, the crime rate is above the national average by a small amount and well above the average for Maine. However there is a high number of certain crimes like burglaries and thefts and a very low number of violent crimes. Bangor has a higher crime rate than its surrounding cities, but this is likely because it is the largest city in that area.

Theft crimes seem to be the biggest concern in the city, with thefts accounting for almost 80% of the crimes. A lot of the crimes are property crimes. In fact, estimates that your chances of becoming a victim of property crime in Bangor is 1 in 19. Perhaps surprisingly, the number of auto thefts is below national average. There are also large numbers of drug crimes in Bangor.

In an attempt to combat the large number of property crimes, Bangor has a large neighborhood watch system in place. With two separate programs, one for the East side and one for the West, these groups keep a look out for suspicious activity and report it the authorities.

Bangor Criminal Courts

Penobscot County Superior and District Court

78 Exchange Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Clerk: Penny Reckards

Phone: (207) 561-2300

TTY: (207) 941-3000

Court Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Criminal Charges in Bangor, ME

Though theft and drug crimes are more common in Bangor than other area of crime, police are always on the lookout for any type of offender. Even less serious charges like OUI are still enforced and many people get arrested for these offenses each month.

Domestic Violence: Any time a person in a household takes advantage of another, it is considered domestic violence. It does not have to be physical abuse however; even verbal abuse can lead to a domestic violence charge. Probation Violation: If you are on probation and have been or believe you will be charged with a violation, call a Bangor defense attorney right now.

Violent Crimes: There are many types of violent crimes from assault to manslaughter. Violent crimes in Bangor are rare occurrences; there were only 2 murders in 2011. Still, this number is higher than other cities based on population size. In an effort to eliminate violent crimes in the city, convictions may result in maximum sentencing.

Juvenile Crimes: Even if you are under 18, you can still be charged with serious offenses. Underage OUI offenders in Bangor can lose their licenses and face other penalties. Weapons Charges: Gun law violations are the most common type of weapons charge.

Sex Crimes: Charges include rape, sexual assault, child pornography and indecent exposure. Bangor has only 3 registered sex offenders in the city. This number is much lower than the national average. It does, however, have a high number of rape cases.

Drug Crimes: Drug charges can range from marijuana possession to drug trafficking or prescription fraud. Drug crimes, especially prescription drug abuse is very common. Based on current trends, there will be almost 200 people arrested in Bangor for drug charges this year.

Theft: Robbery is the most common theft charge. The severity of a theft crime depends on the situation including the value of what was stolen. Burglary and theft is a major problem in Bangor. As a result, police may be too quick to make arrests leading to unwarranted charges being placed on innocent people.

White Collar Crimes: White collar crimes are taken very seriously and can lead to lengthy jail time and steep fines. Though there crimes are not very common in Bangor, anyone can face steep penalties for crimes like fraud and tax evasion.

If you have been charged with any of these crimes in Bangor, ME, call our office now. Our attorneys are waiting to help you.

Bangor Criminal Defense Lawyer

Bangor has a crime rate that is nearly double the average for the State of Maine. As a result, police and prosecutors may be too eager to make convictions in order to make an example out of people.  An overwhelmed court system can be used to suspect's advantage though, as prosecutors are more likely to offer generous plea bargains in order to cut down on the number of cases they have to deal with.

Attorney William T. Bly is an experienced criminal defense attorney with established relationships in the Bangor criminal justice system. He has proven his dedication and hard work both as a veteran of the United States Army and as a lawyer. In 2012, Mr. Bly was named a Rising Star in DUI/DWI/OUI defense by New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Let him use his knowledge to help you. If you have been arrested from a criminal offense in Bangor, call us right now.


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