Maine Criminal Defense

Maine Criminal Defense

Assault is any form of offensive physical contact or contact which causes injury to another person. Common examples of assaults are punching, hitting, and kicking, as well as grabbing onto another person’s arm or leg. Assault in Maine is a misdemeanor. However assault can become a more serious felony offense or even aggravated depending on […]

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Operating Under the Influence

OUI in Maine

If you have been accused of a Maine OUI Third Offense, there is a lot a stake.  There are impacts to your wallet, your license, and maybe even jail time.   A Maine OUI Third Offense within 10 years is a felony offense that carries a maximum penalty of five (5) years in prison, $5,000 fine […]

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Proven Recent Results

As we often find in life, people move. Not just figuratively, we are a mobile society. People change their locations and move for their education, career, family, or just a change in scenery. People are no longer tied to their home town, and changing residency from State to State is becoming commonplace. However true this […]

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Contact Attorney Chris Nielsen at (207) 571-8555 

Our firm is a Portland, Maine, criminal defense firm. We defend the rights of people when they are accused. That’s what we do – and that’s all we do. We help defend people’s rights throughout Southern Maine, including Cumberland and York Counties.

Habitual Offender

Habitual Offender in Maine

We all know what a beautiful state Maine is. The best way to get out and about in Maine is to drive. We drive our kids to basketball and soccer practice. We drive to work. We drive to do grocery shopping. We drive because it is a uniquely American experience. While being able to drive […]

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Drug Crimes

Maine Drug Crimes

In November 2013, a marijuana ballot initiative passed in Portland, Maine.   There is another upcoming marijuana ballot initiative for November 4, 2014. This time, the Marijuana Policy Project is supporting a similar ballot in York, Maine. At this time in York, signatures are being collected to allow the initiative to be put on this year’s […]

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Operating After Suspension

Maine Operating After Suspension

Unfortunately in the great state of Maine, the state does not excel at notifying people their Maine driver’s license was suspended.   You may be pulled over for a speeding and be surprised to find out you are driving on a suspended license. If you find yourself charged with an OAS, you should be aware that […]

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When facing the Criminal Court, you are bargaining with your freedom and future. It is on the table and at risk. You need a person who knows the specifics of the law, speaks legal jargon, and argues persuasively at Court. Contact my Firm and put your trust and confidence in the proven results and achievements of Attorney Chris A. Nielsen, Esq. & The Nielsen Group.

  • If you are accused of a Crime, I will fight to protect your freedom, future, and reputation.
  • If you have been harmed, I fight to hold those who are responsible accountable.
  • If you have made a bad decision, I fight to make it right.

Maine Criminal Defense Attorney’s Perspective

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OAS Charge Dismissed- Client Never Set Foot in Maine Courtroom

As we often find in life, people move. Not just figuratively, we are a mobile society. People change their locations and move for their education, career, family, or just a change in scenery. People are no longer tied to their home town, and changing residency from State to State is becoming commonplace. However true this may be, sometimes legal policy in a State has to catch up to ever changing realities. What follows is an example of how outdated assumptions made by the law affected a client … [Learn More...]

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Dismissed Felony Domestic Violence Charges

Facing Felony Domestic Violence Charges A domestic violence charge in Maine occurs when certain crimes, such as assault, criminal threatening and terrorizing, among other crimes, are committed against a family or household member. In most cases, domestic violence charges in Maine are misdemeanors.   Maine domestic violence can be raised to a felony if certain aggravating factors exist.  One example of an aggravating factor which raises the charge to a felony is having a prior domestic violence … [Learn More...]

I didn’t know my license was suspended. Can I be charged with OAS?

I didn’t know my license was suspended. Can I be charged with OAS?

You may have been pulled over for a routine traffic check. After the police officer ran your plates, the officer informed you that your driver’s license was suspended. You are now charged with a misdemeanor crime of operating after suspension. You are wondering can you still be charged with OAS if I didn’t know my license was suspended. … [Learn More...]

Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening

Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening in Portland Maine

Being accused of Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening in Maine means that the state charges the offender purposely made a family or household member fearful of being physically hurt. Domestic Violence Criminal Threating is typically a misdemeanor if it is the first Domestic Violence Offense. The charge can be complicated by other aggravating factors and if you have had any other prior convictions of domestic violence or if made the threat with the use of a dangerous weapon. … [Learn More...]

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Domestic Violence in Maine

Being accused of Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening in Maine means that the state charges the offender purposely made a family or household member fearful of being physically hurt. Domestic Violence Criminal Threating is typically a misdemeanor if it is the first Domestic Violence Offense. The charge can be complicated by other aggravating factors and if you have had any other prior … [Learn More...]

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Maine Gun Rights

Maine Gun Rights

When one mentions hunting, fishing, and shooting sports, there isn’t a finer place to enjoy these activities than Maine. Maine has a significant outdoor tradition and Mainers are gun owners. Are you aware of your Maine Gun Rights? The Second Amendment preserves the right to bear arms on the Federal level. There are certain situations […]

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Key Victories

  THE CHARGE Third Lifetime Offense OUI 0.21% breath test result
FACED HOME STATE LIFETIME SUSPENSION
  THE RESULT Jury declared
client Not Guilty
of OUI.
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  THE CHARGE
Habitual Offender

FACED LOSS OF DRIVER'S LICENSE
FOR 6 YEARS
  THE RESULT
Case Dismissed!

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  THE CHARGE Accused of carrying concealed weapon

FACED 1 YEAR AND $2,000 IN FINES
  THE RESULT
Case Dismissed!

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  THE CHARGE Charged with OUI as a Minor 0.08% Breath Test

FACED $500 IN FINE AND 1 YEAR SUSPENSION
  THE RESULT
Case Dismissed!

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