How Important are my Bail Conditions?

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are charged with a crime, you may be place on bail pending the outcome of your case. Your bail may include certain conditions you need to abide by during your case's progression. What you may not know is that if you violate any condition of your bail, for any reason, there will be serious ...

Hidden License Suspensions for Recreational Crimes

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you like to hunt or fish, or like to ride recreational vehicles, you may have come across someone in the Warden service. The wardens are the primary law enforcement for all issues relating to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW). The wardens may decide to charge you with a cri...

The Future of Past Marijuana Crimes

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

With recreational marijuana now legal in Maine, Maine's government must ask about what to do to those who were convicted of crimes associated with marijuana possession in the past. This year, there is pending legislation that, if passed, would allow either expunging (removing) records of past mar...

Secret License Suspensions for Criminal Convictions

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Jan 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Title 29-A of the Maine Revised Statutes lists several driving related crimes with a list of minimum criminal consequences if you are convicted. Some of these consequences include a court ordered license suspension. For example, the minimum license suspension on a conviction for Operating Under t...

Criminal Law and the New Government Leadership

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Jan 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

The year 2019 brings a political change in Maine, and potentially in criminal law. With a former prosecutor in the Blaine House, and a politically unified leadership in the Executive and Legislative branches, criminal law may begin to fundamentally change. While the counties, through district att...

Understanding Bail in Criminal Cases

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Dec 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

When people face criminal charges, especially more serious charges, they will likely find themselves needing to address something called “bail”. Bail is a judicial tool used to make sure that certain rules will be followed while a criminal case is pending. This is so everyone who is facing crimin...

If it's Free, is it Stealing? The Truth Behind Theft

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Nov 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

A theft charge may seem like a straightforward accusation, but there are some forms of theft that are not so obvious. While some cases involve taking things from stores or stealing cars, there are some actions that could be considered theft that the average person would not consider as theft. Sit...

Halloween Crimes: Mischief and Trespass

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Oct 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As we get closer to Halloween, people are preparing to celebrate in many ways.  Some dress up in their favorite costume, others decorate their houses, and some prepare for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.  However, there are some Halloween traditions that could result in a criminal conv...

Sexual Assault Prosecution & Defense in the “Me Too” Era

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Oct 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

The #MeToo movement is an important one and is shedding a much-needed light on survivors of sexual assaults. With the recent news, we’ve come to learn that actors, movie producers, US Senators, and even a nominee for the US Supreme Court have been accused of heinous acts against women. Many of these men have accepted responsibility as the evidence against them was overwhelming. But what about the men who may be innocent? How does this new movement effect juries and judges and their views of these cases?

OUI: A Criminal Defense Specialty

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Aug 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

            One of the surprising facts about OUI cases is just how complex they are. Like any criminal case, a criminal defense attorney needs to determine if a violation of your constitutional rights occurred at any stage of the police investigation. Law enforcement can potentially violate your...

Off-Road Rules: Recreational Vehicle Crimes

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | Jul 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Most people understand that operating a motor vehicle, like a car or truck, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime. There are also many other types of crimes and traffic infractions associated with motor vehicles, like Driving to Endanger, Failure to Maintain Registration, Reckless Conduct, and more. What some people fail to realize is that many of these same crimes can be charged when you are driving a boat, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), or a snowmobile. While technically not considered a “motor vehicle”, these recreational vehicle crimes have very similar consequences as motor vehicle crimes when convicted and as such, it is important to know the rules of the “off-road.”

The Myth of Expungement in Maine

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

While many states offer ways to remove criminal convictions from your record, Maine has no method for expunging convictions from criminal records.  There are only two processes to make convictions confidential, but they are very limited in scope.  Those who work for criminal justice agencies, lik...

Jury Selection: Your Day in Court

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

          If you and the District Attorney's office cannot agree on a resolution in your criminal case, the Court will prepare for your trial by setting a jury selection date.  The actual trial will likely be set sometime in the weeks following your final court appearance, which is normally the d...

Jury Trial: What Does Your Day in Court Look Like?

Posted by Nathan Hitchcock | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

You and the District Attorney were unable to resolve your case, so your case has proceeded to trial. Jury selection has wrapped up and now your big day has arrived. Depending on the number of witnesses and complexity of the legal issues, a jury trial can last anywhere from a few hours to several ...

Your Day in Court: Dispositional Conference

Posted by William Bly | Mar 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

In our previous post, we discussed what to expect at your arraignment or initial appearance.  This post deals with one of the most important proceedings in the Maine criminal system - the Dispositional Conference.  The Dispositional Conference is usually at least a month out from your arraignment...

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