Ogunquit Criminal Defense Attorney
The city of Ogunquit has a very low crime rate. According to city-data.com statistics, they have not had a rape, murder or robbery in years. The crime rate is well below the national average and the average for Maine. The only serious criminal offenses that police have to deal with are thefts and burglaries. These crimes make up a large portion of all criminal offenses in the city. The Ogunquit police website even has a special page warning citizens about so called ‘gypsy scams' where a person will enter a home during the day, often while the homeowner is elsewhere on the property, and steal items.
Since police officers are not out solving murders and other violent crimes, they have more time to focus on enforcing the law. This means extended efforts to catch DUI drivers. Ogunquit has a police staff of 11 including 9 officers. This may seem small, but it is an extremely small town. In 2009, the population was only 1,256. The police officer to citizen ratio is actually very high and it gives officers the room to catch DUI and drug crime offenders.
Ogunquit Criminal Courts
There are two courts that hear Ogunquit criminal cases - Superior and District. District courts are the only courts that seat juries, so you will likely have your criminal trial at District court unless you waived your right to a jury.
York County Superior Court
45 Kennebunk Rd.
Alfred, ME 04002
Acting Clerk: Tamara Rueda
Phone: (207) 324-5122
TTY: (207) 459-7860
Jury Trial Status: (800) 322-2240
Court Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
York District Court
11 Chases Pond Road
York, ME 03909
Clerk: Doreen R. Emhoff
Phone: (207) 363-1230
TTY: (207) 363-8740
Court Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ogunquit Criminal Charges
Ogunquit is a small city but crimes still occur. Police are always looking to make arrests, even if some of the offenses are very uncommon. Some of the most common charges that our criminal attorneys see include:
Domestic Violence: Domestic violence charges can arise from physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or economic abuse. A domestic violence conviction can mean severe sentences including a protective order against you. This can affect your living situation as you will not be able to share it with your domestic partner.
Probation Violation: If you are currently on probation in Ogunquit and believe that you will be charged with a violation or have been charged with a violation, contact our office is immediately. A probation violation can lead to jail time and longer probationary periods.
Violent Crime: Violent crimes can involve a number of charges from murder to rape to assaults. Though violent crime is low in Ogunquit, police are eager to keep it that way. A charge for a violent crime will likely result in a maximum sentence.
Juvenile Offense: Just because you are a minor does not mean that you cannot be charged with a crime. Underage drinking, as well as shoplifting, robbery and drug crimes, can have a serious impact on the rest of your life including negatively affecting your chances at jobs and school admissions.
OUI / DUI: DUI charges are some of the most common criminal charges in Ogunquit. This is because drivers of all types can be subjected to DUI arrest at any time. Because DUI arrests are so common, many people do not take them seriously. A DUI is not like a minor traffic offense, a conviction can lead to jail time and license suspension in addition to probation and other penalties.
Sex Crimes: If you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, child molestation, distributing child pornography or indecent exposure, you need to understand your rights as well as the severity of the charges that you are facing.
Drug Crime: In addition to DUI, drug crimes are some of the most common types of crimes in Ogunquit. Though marijuana possession in small amounts is a misdemeanor, most drug crimes are actually felonies. Felony convictions can have long-term negative effects in addition to the jail time and steep fines they lead to.
Ogunquit Criminal Attorney
We can help you fight charges if you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Ogunquit, Maine. Attorney William Bly is dedicated to his clients and helping them get the justice that they deserve. He is a top rated attorney who has a deep understanding of criminal law as well as established relationships in Ogunquit. He will challenge the prosecution's evidence in order to prove your innocence and work with the prosecution to get the best deal for you.
A criminal conviction can affect your entire life. In addition the jail time or steep penalties that you are sentenced to, you can be passed over for jobs or school because of your criminal history. If you have been arrested for DUI or any type of crime in Ogunquit, you need to understand your defense options. With the help of our criminal firm, you can fight your charges and minimize your sentence or beat the charges entirely.