William T. Bly is a 2000 graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in Political Science with a minor in U.S. History. He then went on to attend and graduate in 2004 from the University of Maine - School of Law. During his time in law school, Mr. Bly focused on criminal defense. He worked at the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office in Portland, Maine as an intern prosecutor. This experience allowed him to gain insight of the “ins and outs” of criminal prosecution in Maine. Upon graduation from law school, Attorney Bly formed his own law firm. Through his education and work, attorney Bly has developed a strong foundation in criminal law. With the limited exception of a brief period of time representing the State of Maine as an intern (student) prosecutor, Attorney Bly is proud to say that he has spent his entire legal career representing the citizen accused.
Mr. Bly's practice is devoted nearly exclusively to criminal defense. He has successfully defended persons charged with crimes in both federal and state court on a myriad of charges including manslaughter, aggravated felony assault, simple assault, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, domestic violence assault, possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, conspiracy to traffic in drugs, drunk driving, OUI, DUI, DWI, aggravated DWI, DWI involving serious accidents with bodily injury, high breath test DWI cases, DWI cases where a blood draw was performed and driving under the influence of drugs.
Mr. Bly is one of only a few attorneys who has received his certification as a Breath Alcohol Technician as recognized and issued by the United States Department of Transportation. In addition, Mr. Bly is qualified as both a practitioner and instructor in standardized field sobriety tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mr. Bly is adept at recognizing and seizing upon the myriad of mistakes law enforcement makes during their collective investigation of DWI crimes. It is extremely rare for a police officer to know as much about standardized field sobriety testing and breath testing as Mr. Bly does.
Mr. Bly attends numerous DWI seminars each year throughout the country as well as an annual DWI Defense Seminar sponsored by the National College of DUI Defense at Harvard Law School. Recently, Mr. Bly attended and passed an extremely rigorous course on forensic blood and urine testing in DWI cases in San Diego, Calif. In addition, Mr. Bly receives regular professional education updates in the area of federal criminal defense. He recently attended a five-day seminar in Portland Ore. on defending drug crimes and a federal sentencing advocacy course in New Orleans back in 2010. He also attends monthly “mini-topic” training sessions sponsored by the Maine Federal Defender's Office.
Mr. Bly is a graduate of the Spence Trial Lawyer College, which is a 3+ week intensive trial advocacy course. Entrance into the Trial Lawyer's College is based on a competitive application and the training standards are rigorous. Many attorneys throughout the country apply for admission and most are rejected for one reason or another. In addition, Attorney Bly has successfully completed the Graduate Level 1 course at the Trial Lawyer's College and has plans to attend the Graduate Level 2 course in 2018.
Recognized For Excellence
Mr. Bly has been recognized by his peers for excellence in the criminal and DWI field and is highly rated by his clients. Mr. Bly was recently selected as Rising Star in DUI/DWI/OUI defense by New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Bly is one of only 2 attorneys selected in 2012 for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In addition, Mr. Bly has written an e-book titled "The DWI Survival Guide: Demystifying the Process" and has co-authored a national publication through Aspatore Press titled "Inside the Minds: Handling DUI Vehicular Homicides."
Mr. Bly is admitted to practice in front of all New Hampshire and Maine State courts, including the Maine and New Hampshire Supreme Courts and the United States District Court – District of Maine and the United States District Court – District of New Jersey as a non-practicing member.
Mr. Bly is a member of the New Hampshire State Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Criminal Association Defense Lawyers, the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Trial Lawyers Association, Maine Association of Trial Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defense and the York County (Maine) Bar Association.
Mr. Bly is a veteran of the United States Army and completed tours of duty in Ft. Benning, Georgia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Vigilant Warrior. He received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1997 and successfully completed an enlistment period from 1997–2004 in both the New Jersey and Maine National Guards. Mr. Bly spent nearly his entire career as a 19D Cavalry Scout and is proud to have served both his state and country in that capacity.
Mr. Bly is a passionate skier and you can often find him during the winter and spring months, mashing the bumps at Shawnee Peak, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Wildcat Mountain or Attitash Mountain. During the summer months, Mr. Bly can be found fly fishing in the Rangeley and Moosehead regions for brook trout.