With barely more than 30,000 inhabitants, Franklin County is the second-least populous county in the state of Maine. Nevertheless, people still get accused of criminal activity in this large northern county. Many of those criminal charges originate with conduct in the following cities, towns, and regions:
If you have been accused of committing a crime in Franklin County, you need the help of a criminal defense lawyer from WTB Law. With their nuanced understanding of Maine's criminal law and the court process in Franklin County, legal representation from WTB Law can be the best way to prevent a criminal accusation from turning into a criminal conviction.
Criminal Defense in Franklin County
Crime data for the state of Maine show that while the crime rate dropped across the state recently, it increased just slightly in Franklin County. Even though there was a 4% increase in Franklin County between 2016 and 2017, though, the region is still one of the safer areas to live. Using the standard crime rate of index crimes per 1,000 residents in a given year, Maine's state crime rate was 16.32, while Franklin County's was only 12.58. And Franklin County's numbers were inflated by a string of thefts in Carrabassett Valley and at the University of Maine at Farmington.
The crimes that do happen in the county, though, come with serious repercussions for a conviction. Those repercussions can include fines and jail time, as well as the permanent problem of having a blemish on your criminal background. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer from WTB Law can help you defend against criminal charges like:
- Assault, including aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
- Reckless conduct
- Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon
Even being accused of serious offenses like these can be stressful. Defending against them can take all of your efforts for months or even years. Going at it alone and without the help of an attorney can be a very risky decision. You can miss important opportunities to defend yourself, accept unwise plea deals that benefit the prosecutors at your expense, and leave legal defenses on the table.
Hiring the criminal defense attorneys at WTB Law can be the best move you can make.
Sex Offenses in Franklin County
Out of all of the criminal accusations you can face in Franklin County, allegations of a sex crime are among the most severe. These include:
Not only do convictions for these crimes come with heavy fines and long jail sentences, but some of them also require you to register as a sex offender. Anyone can look at the Maine sex offender registry, including neighbors, interested members of the public, employers, friends, and family members. Hiding a past conviction for a sex offense is impossible if you are required to register as a sex offender, and people can be more than willing to make life miserable for people who have been convicted. This makes it important to vigorously defend against an allegation of a sex crime in Franklin County.
Operating Under the Influence in Franklin County
A common criminal offense for people to face in Franklin County is for operating under the influence, or OUI. In fact, OUI charges are probably the most common way for otherwise law-abiding people to get thrust into the criminal justice system because they are so often the result of a poor decision rather.
Despite the lack of culpability, the penalties for an OUI conviction are severe. They include fines, probation, a lengthy license suspension, and sometimes even jail time.
Some people are especially prone to OUIs because they have to abide by a lower blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. They include:
Alcohol is not the only thing that Maine's OUI law regulates. Instead, it prohibits driving “under the influence” of anything that impairs your ability to drive safely. This includes alcohol as well as:
Regardless of who is driving or what they were allegedly impaired by, some OUI cases are far more serious than others. Convictions for these offenses can carry over a decade in jail. They include:
Many of these situations begin with a traffic stop on Route 2 or Route 27, which take drivers through the more populated areas of Franklin County. Police are especially concerned with OUI in and around Farmington, centering on the University of Maine campus.
Another hotbed of OUI enforcement takes place just outside of Sugarloaf Mountain, which is located in Carrabassett Valley. Oftentimes, people have a few drinks for the apres-ski party following a big powder day. That decision to drink and then drive oftentimes leads to an OUI arrest.
The OUI-defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you defend against an OUI charge in Franklin County.
Title 12 Law in Franklin County
In Maine, Title 12 is the set of laws that apply to the state's outdoor resources. They regulate things like:
For an area in Maine that is abundant in natural resources, Title 12 has an outsized role in the lives of people who live in Franklin County or visit regularly. That is why the lawyers at WTB Law take special measures to help you abide by Title 12 regulations or help you defend against allegations that you broke the rules.
Franklin County's Court System
Criminal charges in Franklin County are prosecuted by the Franklin County District Attorney's Office and heard at the Franklin County District Court.
The court is located at 129 Main Street in Farmington. Unfortunately, because of the size of Franklin County, this can mean you will have to travel for upwards of an hour to your mandatory court appearances, like your arraignment.
WTB Law: Criminal Defense in Franklin County
If you have been accused of a crime in Franklin County, including a sex crime, OUI, or a Title 12 violation, the lawyers at WTB Law can help protect your interests and your future. Contact them online or call them at (207) 571-8146.