Maine Criminal Defense

Maine Criminal Defense

The term nolo contendere, or “nolo” for short, means that you are pleading “no contest” to criminal charges. By pleading “nolo,” you also are indicating that the State has enough evidence against you to convict you, but that you are not disputing this point. Hence, “no contest.” In application, many people misunderstand what nolo contendere […]

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Operating Under the Influence

OUI in Maine

Maine has a stern perspective when it comes to drinking and driving. In 2012, 7014 Mainers were arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.  If you have been recently accused of your first Maine OUI Offense, you are most likely trying to figure out the impacts this charge will have on […]

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In Maine, you are allowed to carry an exposed firearm. This means it is perfectly legal and acceptable to carry a firearm openly, but not concealed.  Concealed guns are another matter and a permit is needed.  Those charged with carrying a concealed firearm in Maine need to understand what the law is actually stating.  Many […]

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Habitual Offender

Habitual Offender in Maine

In Maine, we have some harsh driving laws when you are a repeat offender.  Did you know that you can lose your driving privileges if you are convicted of 3 criminal driving offenses with 5 years?  Drivers who are classified with Maine Habitual Offender Status will have some serious charges and fines if they are […]

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Drug Crimes

Maine Drug Crimes

In Maine, drug trafficking can be charged when there is an “intent” to sell drugs.  In other words you can be accused of drug trafficking in Maine without being caught in the act of selling drugs.  Let’s say that as a part of determining probable cause, the drug sniffing dogs indicated the vehicle you were […]

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Operating After Suspension

Maine Operating After Suspension

The laws and regulations in Maine for Operating After Suspension (OAS) come to light if you operate your car or motor vehicle while your driver’s license was suspended. A Maine criminal charge of Operating After Suspension (OAS) means that the State is accusing you of operating your car or motor vehicle while your driver’s license […]

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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 defend people’s rights throughout Southern Maine, including Cumberland and York Counties.

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nolo contendere

Nolo Contendere Pleas

The term nolo contendere, or “nolo” for short, means that you are pleading “no contest” to criminal charges. By pleading “nolo,” you also are indicating that the State has enough evidence against you to convict you, but that you are not disputing this point. Hence, “no contest.”In application, many people misunderstand what nolo contendere is and what it means when you enter a “nolo” plea at Court. Some people might think of pleading “nolo” as a quick and easy way out of a criminal case. … [Read More...]

Domestic Violence Assault in Maine

Domestic Violence Assault in Maine

Domestic Violence Assault in Maine is among the crimes categorized as a domestic violence-specific crime.  Other crimes in this group are Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Domestic Violence Terrorizing, Domestic Violence Stalking, and Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct.  Law enforcement including the District Attorney’s office considers all crimes of domestic violence assault in Maine very seriously.  The State has recognized the physical and emotional danger that domestic violence poses … [Read More...]

First Maine OUI Offense

First Maine OUI Offense

Maine has a stern perspective when it comes to drinking and driving. In 2012, 7014 Mainers were arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.  If you have been recently accused of your first Maine OUI Offense, you are most likely trying to figure out the impacts this charge will have on your life and how much of your time is going to be consumed defending yourself.  Hopefully, this article will be able to answer some of your questions as you begin to experience the … [Read More...]

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Maine

Domestic Violence Assault in Maine is among the crimes categorized as a domestic violence-specific crime.  Other crimes in this group are Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Domestic Violence Terrorizing, Domestic Violence Stalking, and Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct.  Law enforcement including the District Attorney’s office considers all crimes of domestic violence assault in Maine very … [Read More...]

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