People get arrested and accused of committing a crime in Lincoln County all the time. Many of them are completely innocent. Nevertheless, arrests and criminal charges that originate in the following cities can drastically alter your life, even if you know you didn't do what the police say you did. These cities include:
- Boothbay Harbor
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Lincoln County
Some of the most common criminal charges that you can face in Lincoln County are for operating under the influence (OUI). Whether you are accused of driving while drunk or drugged, these accusations can lead to license suspension, fines, and jail.
OUI arrests and charges often stem from incidents and traffic stops that happen on Route 27 to or from Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor. This is the only major thoroughfare to these popular tourist destinations, so police know that they can find inebriated drivers there.
Two other common spots for OUI stops and arrests are Wiscasset and Damariscotta. These locales are the major population centers in Lincoln County, so by sheer volume drunk or drugged driving is going to happen there.
One thing that is not particularly common in Lincoln County is an OUI checkpoint. Only one OUI checkpoint occurred in the County last year on the back end of the July 4, 2018 holiday. It was conducted on Route 1 outside the limits of the Wiscasset.
Regardless of how you were pulled over, if you've been charged with OUI in Lincoln County, an OUI defense lawyer can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. By invoking your rights and advocating on your behalf, an attorney can fight for reducing the penalties you could face or can go for an outright acquittal if the circumstances are right.
Criminal Defense in Lincoln County
OUIs are not the only types of criminal charges that you can face in Lincoln County. Regardless of whether it would be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be the best investment you make for your future.
Crime data for the state of Maine in 2017 shows that the crime rate in Lincoln County as a whole has fallen by an entire 20% compared to 2016. This has left Lincoln County's overall crime rate as among the lowest in the entire state, though Damariscotta's crime rate is significantly higher than the county average, largely because of a string of thefts.
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law represent clients in Lincoln County who have been accused of a variety of these criminal allegations, including:
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Reckless conduct, including with a deadly weapon
With their help, you can rest assured that your rights and interests are protected and any pertinent legal defenses are raised on your behalf.
Defending Against Accusations of Sex Crimes in Lincoln County
Some of the most severe types of criminal allegations that you can face in Lincoln County involve sex crimes. These include:
In fact, in Lincoln County in 2017, reports indicate that there were 16 rapes over the course of the year, all of them occurring in rural areas. For a county with the population of Lincoln County, this number was relatively high.
While all of these criminal charges carry stiff jail sentences on a conviction, one of the most difficult consequences to overcome in the long-term is the requirement that you register as a sex offender on Maine's registry after your release. The initial registration is the most time-consuming, though the need to update your registration is where many people in Lincoln County end up in trouble – failing to update your registration is a crime that carries up to a year in jail for even a first mistake.
The consequences of a conviction for a sex crime are ongoing and last far longer than any jail sentence. The sex crime defense lawyers at WTB Law know this and fight vigorously against allegations of sexual crimes in Lincoln County and provide continuing legal representation for people struggling to overcome the adverse impacts of a conviction.
Fish, Game, Boating, and ATV Law in Lincoln County
Lincoln County is full of nature. Tourists flock to the area to enjoy the coast of Maine and the county's gorgeous bays and lakes.
However, Maine's natural resources are heavily regulated and can lead to serious criminal charges if you break one of its rules. This can come in the form of:
- Hunting at night
- Boating while under the influence
- Driving an ATV or snowmobile while under the influence
- Fishing violations
- Poaching game.
The attorneys at WTB Law represent people who have been accused of a violation of Title 12, Maine's natural resources law.
Criminal Process in Lincoln County
Criminal cases that originate in Lincoln County are heard by the court in Wiscasset. This court is located at 32 High Street, Wiscasset, Maine.
Criminal cases are prosecuted by the district attorneys at the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Criminal Defense Lawyers at WTB Law Serve the Accused in Lincoln County
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law strive to legally represent anyone who has been accused of a crime in Maine, including people facing criminal charges in Lincoln County. While police can make an arrest whenever they have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, prosecutors have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense. The difference between these two standards is huge, and a criminal defense attorney from WTB Law will fight diligently to prevent the State's ability to get a conviction.
Call us at (207) 571-8146 or contact us online for the legal help you need if you have been arrested in Lincoln County.