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Costco's Shoplifting Rates Well Below Average

Posted by William Bly | Jun 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Shoplifting is not the same in every store. Different store layouts and even the number of workers on the floor can all impact the amount of merchandise that walks off the shelves in a given year. However, new figures suggest that one of the leaders in preventing shoplifting is Costco, and not b...

What is Maine's Shopkeeper's Privilege Rule?

Posted by William Bly | May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

An often overlooked but practically important aspect of shoplifting law is the ability of shopkeepers and owners to detain people they suspect of trying to take something from the store without paying for it. This is known as shopkeeper's privilege and occupies a unique place in the law in Maine,...

Diversion Programs for Shoplifting Spread in Maine

Posted by William Bly | May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Several counties in Maine are experimenting with diversionary programs for shoplifting allegations. While these programs can be enticing to people who have been arrested and charged with shoplifting – especially those who are aware of the serious collateral consequences of being saddled with a sh...

What is a Blood, Breath, or Urine Test in Maine?

Posted by William Bly | May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Operating under the influence (OUI) law in Maine requires drivers in the state to perform a “blood, breath or urine” test whenever lawfully asked by a uniformed police officer. But what exactly is a “blood, breath or urine” test? The OUI defense lawyers at WTB Law explain. Maine's OUI Law Impli...

Implied Consent Laws Back Before the Supreme Court

Posted by William Bly | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court of the United States has accepted another case involving implied consent laws. While operating under the influence (OUI) cases rarely reach even the intermediate appellate level, this will be the second time in the last five years that the Supreme Court has ruled on implied cons...

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...

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