Hancock County is one of the safest communities in the state of Maine. That does not mean that crimes never occur in the area, though. With more than 50,000 people in the county, Hancock County still sees numerous criminal offenses every year, particularly in the following areas:
- Acadia National Park
- Bar Harbor
- Blue Hill
- Southwest Harbor
If you have been accused of committing a crime in Hancock County, you need effective legal representation to make sure your interests and your future are protected. Fighting against a criminal accusation by raising your rights and any legal defenses you have at your disposal is the only way to display your innocence. The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you do it.
Criminal Defense in Hancock County
The crime statistics for Maine in 2017 said that Hancock County was among the safest in the state. Those figures used crime rate or the number of index crimes that happened in a given year for every 1,000 residents in a given area.
In Maine, the crime rate was 16.32 in 2017. In Hancock County, it was only 10.64, and that number was inflated by a difficult year in Ellsworth, where the crime rate was 34.76. In rural areas of Hancock County, the crime rate was only a shade over 4.
The vast majority of the crimes that were committed in Hancock County were property crimes like:
In 2017, these accounted for nearly all of the criminal offenses that were allegedly committed in Hancock County.
However, the penalties for violent crimes are often high enough to more than make up for the prevalence of lesser offenses. Some of these serious violent crimes include:
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
- Reckless conduct, including with a deadly weapon
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law defend people against accusations and charges of both violent and property crimes.
Sex Crimes in Hancock County
Some criminal offenses are neither crimes of violence nor of property. Sex crimes include offenses like:
Unlike other offenses, a conviction of a serious sex offense can come with an important addition to the fines and jail time that one would expect: you could have to register as a sex offender. In some cases, this requirement sticks around for the rest of your life.
Registering as a sex offender can be the most debilitating aspect of a conviction for a sex crime. The sex offender registry in Maine is accessible by all members of the public, including potential employers, friends, and family members. The discrimination that registered sex offenders can face on a daily basis is very real.
Defending against an allegation of a sex crime in Hancock County is important. The lawyers at WTB Law can help make sure your side of the story is heard.
Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving in Hancock County
An allegation of operating under the influence (OUI) is the most common way for a law-abiding person to find themselves thrown into the criminal justice system. OUIs are easy to commit and are often the result of a poor judgment rather than an intentional decision to commit a crime.
However, the penalties of an OUI do not reflect this reality. Rather than penalize people appropriately, political pressure has ramped up the sanctions against a drunk or drugged driver to the point where a conviction for OUI becomes life-altering.
- Driving under the influence of marijuana or illegal drugs
- Underage drivers under the influence
- OUIs by commercial drivers
- OUIs that lead to an accident
- OUIs that cause an injury
- Child endangerment OUIs
- Vehicular manslaughter
In Hancock County, OUI arrests are especially prevalent around Bar Harbor. A popular resort town nestled next to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor's laid-back, vacationland atmosphere is conducive to the poor decisions that end with OUI arrests, and police know it.
Title 12 Law in Hancock County
Hancock County is home to Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful and pristine places on the entire East Coast. Its presence makes Title 12 one of the most important if still one of the most overlooked, aspects of Maine's laws.
Title 12 regulates outdoor activities like:
Title 12 also prohibits conduct like boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol (BUI) and OUIs on ATVs or snowmobiles.
The lawyers at WTB Law can help you abide by these regulations, and can defend you against allegations that you violated them.
The Court System in Hancock County
If you get arrested and charged with a crime in Hancock County, the prosecutors will come from the Hancock County District Attorney's Office and the case will be heard at the Maine District Court in Ellsworth. This courthouse is located at 50 State Street in Ellsworth.
Because the Ellsworth District Court is not a part of the Unified Docket in southern Maine, you will have to be present at your arraignment if you're not represented or in the event you were charged with a felony.
If you are represented by an attorney from WTB Law, your physical appearance may be waived when in some cases. For out-of-state defendants – something that is far more common in Hancock County than elsewhere in Maine, largely due to OUI defendants who came from out-of-state to enjoy Acadia National Park – this can be a serious hassle if you don't have someone appearing for you to enter a not guilty plea.
WTB Law: Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving the Accused in Hancock County
If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a crime in Hancock County, Maine, lining up a criminal defense lawyer should be among the first things on your to-do list. Going it alone can give the prosecutor free rein to pursue the most severe penalties on the table, and will leave you wondering how to best defend yourself.
The criminal defense attorneys at WTB Law can raise the best legal defenses for your given situation and fight for your rights and interests both in the courtroom and outside of it.
Contact them online or call them at (207) 571-8146.