Knox County is one of the small counties on the Maine coastline. With a population of just under 40,000 and no sizeable cities in it, it should come as no real surprise that Knox County's crime rate is among the lowest in the state of Maine. Nevertheless, criminal charges are still a regular occurrence in the county, especially for activity in the following locales:
- Owls Head
- St. George
The criminal defense attorneys at WTB Law can help you defend against a criminal charge in Knox County.
Criminal Defense at WTB Law Serving Knox County
Even though crime data in Maine shows that the crime rate dropped across the state by the double digits between 2016 and 2017, in Knox County it barely moved. Despite the lack of improvement, Knox County's crime rate–calculated as the number of index crimes per 1,000 residents over the course of a year–was still among Maine's lowest at just over 12.
Of course, crimes still happen, and police still make arrests. In some cases, they make mistakes and suspect someone who is completely innocent of a crime. When this happens, you could face a severe criminal allegation that will change your life. The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you defend against serious allegations like:
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
- Reckless conduct
- Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon
All of these charges can carry fines, jail time, and the often-overlooked blemish on your criminal record. With a criminal background, it can become an uphill struggle to do things like renting an apartment or getting a job.
The defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you fight against a criminal charge and prevent it from turning into a criminal conviction.
OUI in Knox County
One of the most common criminal allegations that law-abiding people face in Knox County is for drunk driving or drugged driving, known collectively as operating under the influence (OUI). Unlike many other criminal charges, OUI charges can follow poor decisions made while you were not thinking straight. Nevertheless, they still carry fines, jail time, and a lengthy license suspension that can alter the course of your life and make it more difficult to earn a living if you commute.
The OUI-defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you defend against the most serious kinds of OUI allegations that originate in Knox County, including:
- Vehicular manslaughter
- OUIs that endanger children
- OUIs that cause a car crash
- OUIs that cause an injury
They also defend people against more severe allegations of OUI, simply because of who is being charged with drunk driving:
The lawyers at WTB Law also defend against both drunk and drugged driving charges. Drugged driving allegations can be for either marijuana or other illicit drugs. Both are made illegal by Maine's OUI statute, which forbids driving while under the influence of any substance.
In Knox County, a significant portion of OUI charges begins with a traffic stop on Route 1, especially around Rockland. Not only does this road pass through the most populated areas of the county, but it also has many of the businesses in the region. Police target Route 1 for increased patrols in an attempt to protect other drivers and catch drunk drivers leaving bars and other establishments.
Sex Crimes in Knox County
Out of all of the criminal charges you can face in Knox County, allegations of a sex crime can be among the most severe because of all of the collateral repercussions you can be forced to deal with. Criminal charges include:
Even before these allegations go to court, you have to deal with the social stigmatization that comes with being accused of a sex offense. If you do end up getting convicted, you could be facing decades behind bars and sex offender registration when you are released. Because the Maine sex offender registry is publicly accessible, anyone can look you up and discriminate against you for your criminal past. The repercussions of this stigmatization can be serious, completely unfair, and very demoralizing.
Title 12 in Knox County
Title 12 is the law in Maine that regulates the outdoors and how you can enjoy them. It includes regulations that deal with:
The attorneys at WTB Law can help you comply with these regulations or fight charges that you broke them so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors in Knox County.
The Court Process in Knox County
If you get charged with a crime in Knox County, your case will get prosecuted by the Knox District Attorney's Office and heard at the Rockland District Court. Located at 62 Union Street in Rockland, Maine, this court hears criminal cases that begin in Knox County.
Parking at this courthouse can be tricky. You should plan to get to the courthouse early to make sure you get a parking spot in the lot next to the courthouse or so you can search for parallel parking on the nearby streets. Arriving early can drastically reduce your stress levels.
Criminal Defense Attorneys at WTB Law in Knox County
If you have been accused of a crime in Knox County–no matter how minor the offense is–you need legal defense. Not fighting the allegation and allowing the prosecutors to get their way in your case can have long-term repercussions on your interests and your future.
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law have experience representing people who have been accused of a crime in Knox County. Their familiarity with the courts and judges in the county can prove invaluable for your future.
Contact them online or call their law office at (207) 571-8146 if you have been accused of committing a crime in Knox County.