Penobscot County is located in central Maine, near Canada. With more than 150,000 people in the county, Penobscot County is one of Maine's most populous counties, and so there are a lot of criminal charges. Most of those allegations come from the following cities:
- East Millinocket
- Old Town
A criminal accusation is a serious thing to face. If you have been accused of committing a crime in Penobscot County, hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be your best move. With the help of the attorneys at WTB Law, you can invoke your rights and protect your future from a serious allegation that can change the course of your life.
WTB Law: Criminal Defense in Penobscot County
Crime rates in Maine have been on the decline, according to state data. Between 2016 and 2017, the crime rate–defined as the number of index crimes per 1,000 residents in the course of a year–dropped statewide by almost 9% from 17.84 to 16.32.
In Penobscot County, 2017's crime rate was 16.56, down nearly 20% from the year before. By far the most of those index crimes were concentrated in Bangor. While that city has only around 20% of the population of Penobscot County, it had half of the county's crimes. The vast majority of these were minor offenses like theft, which contributed to a crime rate of nearly 40–over twice the county average.
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law strive to defend people who have been accused of any of these crimes. They defend against property crimes like:
They also legally represent people who have been accused of committing a violent crime, like:
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
- Reckless conduct
- Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon
With the help of a lawyer from WTB Law, you can invoke your rights, challenge the prosecutor's case, and defend your future from a potentially damning criminal conviction.
Charges for Sex Crimes in Penobscot County
Among the most severe criminal charges that you can face in Penobscot County are for sex crimes like:
Like with some of the most severe criminal allegations for violent crimes, convictions for sex crimes come with years behind bars and steep fines to pay. Unlike other criminal convictions, though, some of the most severe sex crimes can force you to register as a sex offender. The sex offender registry in Maine is accessible to anyone, so neighbors, potential employers, friends, and even family members can find a past conviction for a sex crime.
OUIs in Penobscot County
One of the most common criminal offenses that you can face is for operating under the influence (OUI). Unlike a lot of other criminal charges, OUIs criminalize a status–driving while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the legal limit–rather than an intentional course of conduct.
Because of this, otherwise law-abiding people are probably more likely to find themselves charged with OUI than any other kind of crime in Penobscot County. This poses a problem because an OUI conviction can put a blemish on an otherwise clean criminal history, leading to long-term repercussions in addition to the normal OUI penalties like a license suspension and fines.
Those penalties are especially steep when the OUI charge involves any of the following aggravating factors:
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Child endangerment, if you were arrested for OUI with a child in the car
- OUIs that cause a crash
- OUIs that cause an injury
The penalties of an OUI are particularly problematic for commercial drivers or underage drivers. People who hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) face longer license suspensions for an OUI. Both groups of people have to abide by a lower legal limit, making it easier to break the law.
In Penobscot County, most of the OUI charges originate in the Bangor and Orono areas around the University of Maine. Route 2 is an especially common target for sobriety checkpoints because of its close proximity to campus, its high traffic levels, and the lack of turnoffs that would have allowed drivers to avoid the traffic stop.
Regardless of the charge, the OUI-defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you defend against it.
Title 12 Regulations and Laws in Penobscot County
Title 12 is the section of Maine's laws that regulate the outdoors and how you enjoy them. They impact things like:
Abiding by these regulations can help you enjoy what Maine has to offer outdoors. Defending against allegations that you broke the rules can help you keep your rights to hunt and fish and enjoy yourself.
The lawyers at WTB Law can help you with Title 12 regulations.
Courts in Penobscot County
Criminal charges filed in Penobscot County are heard at the Penobscot County Judicial Center at 78 Exchange Street in Bangor. They are prosecuted by the Penobscot County District Attorney's office.
The location of the courthouse in the southern end of the county poses an inconvenience for people who have been arrested in the north. It can easily take an hour or more to get to the courthouse from towns like Millinocket or Mt. Chase. Worse, there is no designated parking for the courthouse. Instead, you could find yourself searching for street parking or a spot in the small public lot across the street. Together, these transportation issues can drastically increase the stress of a court appearance.
Criminal Defense in Penobscot County at WTB Law
The criminal defense lawyers at WTB Law can help you defend against a variety of criminal accusations in Penobscot County. Regardless of the type or severity of the crime, the defense attorneys at WTB Law can invoke your rights and protect your future.
Contact them online or call them at (207) 571-8146.