Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach – or OOB, as it's known to locals – is a coastal town in southern Maine, located just south of Portland. While the population was listed as 8,624 in the 2010 census, the correct figure is radically different, depending on the time of year – Old Orchard Beach is a highly popular tourist attraction that draws foreigners to the town from late spring until early in the fall. One of the state's main tourist attractions, Old Orchard Beach features a seven-mile beach lined with resorts, hotels, cottages, and bed-and-breakfasts, as well as tourism businesses like souvenir shops, restaurants, and even an independent league baseball team, the Old Orchard Beach Surge. People frequently come from all over the U.S. and Canada to enjoy the beach, lobster-serving restaurants, and signature pier and oceanside amusement park.
Despite hosting many vacation homes for wealthy families, however, Old Orchard Beach had a median household income of only $44,181 in 2013, below the state average of $46, 974. This hints at the huge number of blue collar families who live in Old Orchard Beach, out of sight of the sand, or who houseshare just off the water during the tourist months.
Due to the less affluent residents and the number of tourists that come to the area, property crime rates in Old Orchard Beach are extremely high for Maine, and often above the national average. As a result, Old Orchard Beach keeps a large police force, with 2.3 officers per 1,000 residents, compared to the Maine average of 1.69. Locals know that police are especially keen on issuing speeding tickets, particularly along Route 5.
Location of Court
If you get arrested in Old Orchard Beach and are charged with a crime, such as operating under the influence (OUI), then your case will be heard by the court in nearby Biddeford, Maine. For more information on that courthouse, such as where to park, you can read about it here.
Because it's located in York County, if you get charged with a crime in Old Orchard Beach then your case will be prosecuted by the York County District Attorney's Office. This particular DA's office has two primary district attorneys who are responsible for all of the criminal matters that come through the office, including OUIs. Traffic violations in Old Orchard Beach, however, are prosecuted in court by the police officer who issued you the ticket. An unfortunately common occurrence in the Old Orchard Beach area, this can make the court process very uncomfortable and inflexible.
Attorney William T. Bly
Attorney William T. Bly is an OUI and criminal defense attorney, based in nearby Biddeford, Maine. As a local attorney, he is extremely familiar with the court process in Old Orchard Beach, and can guide you through the town's criminal justice system smoothly, protecting your interests in the face of all sorts of criminal charges. If you've been charged with a crime in Old Orchard Beach, including OUI, call his law office today at (207) 571-8146, or contact him online.