Maine Criminal Defense

Maine Criminal Defense

In Maine, both Cumberland County and Penobscot County have the criminal court organized as a Unified Criminal Docket. For these counties, the District and Superior courts were made into a single court. Are you aware of how this change impacts your rights when dealing with court proceedings? Let’s examine what the unified criminal docket means […]

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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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Proven Recent Results

Whenever a prospective client tells me that they think there is no hope for their case and ask “should I just go and plead guilty?” I always say no! When you are charged with crime, you always have a right to present a defense to a jury of your peers. This fact alone indicates that […]

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Our Mission Statement

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.

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

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Not Guilty

Found Not Guilty of Maine OUI: A Case Study

Whenever a prospective client tells me that they think there is no hope for their case and ask “should I just go and plead guilty?” I always say no! When you are charged with crime, you always have a right to present a defense to a jury of your peers. This fact alone indicates that not only is there is always hope, but you have a fighting change to tell your story to the Jury. But you have to be willing to take that chance and go to trial. I represented a client charged with Operating Under the … [Read More...]

Unified-Docket

Unified Criminal Docket Court Procedure

In Maine, both Cumberland County and Penobscot County have the criminal court organized as a Unified Criminal Docket. For these counties, the District and Superior courts were made into a single court. Are you aware of how this change impacts your rights when dealing with court proceedings? Let’s examine what the unified criminal docket means to you and your case. Purpose of the Unified Criminal Docket According to legislative intent, the purpose of the Unified Criminal Docket is to move all … [Read More...]

Maine Case Dismissed

Relief from Habitual Offender Status

In Maine, a person becomes designated a Habitual Offender (HO) when that person is convicted of three (3) serious motor vehicle crimes in a five (5) year period. “Going HO” means that your license is revoked, or suspended indefinitely. It is easier to become a Habitual Offender than you would think. Once you get one driving-related conviction, such as for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Driving to Endanger (DTE), for which the penalties include a license suspension, if you continue to … [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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