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

For a juvenile under the age of 18, their first driver’s license is their first big step into adulthood.  When a juvenile is charged with Drunk Driving OUI, it is often their first serious brush with the law.  In Maine, juvenile drunk driving, is a juvenile charge.  Notwithstanding that juvenile OUI is a juvenile charge, […]

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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.

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What is a CBIP in Maine?

What is a CBIP in Maine?

The letters “CBIP” stand for “Certified Batterer’s Intervention Program.” I receive this question (What is a CBIP in Maine?) from clients who are facing domestic violence charges in Maine. Local organizations get “certified” by the State of Maine to offer a Certified Batterer’s Intervention Program.The State of Maine recognizes that domestic abuse in the home has seriously negative effects on the victims, as well as on any children living in that household. Therefore, it is in the State’s … [Learn More...]

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Does the Court make me a Habitual Offender?

You don’t quite remember how your license got suspended. You never went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to take care of it. Instead, you were stopped by police a few times for Operating After Suspension. Each time you got a charge, you “took care of it” by going to the Court, entering a guilty plea and paying a fine. The next thing you know, you received a letter in the mail saying that you are going on Habitual Offender status. In this situation, you might be wondering does the Court make … [Learn More...]

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Felony Domestic Violence in Maine

Dave had always considered himself to be a law abiding citizen. At the same time, he has had an on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend of six years, Kelly. They have one son together. Part of their rocky relationship included a Protection from Abuse civil case. Dave felt bad about the domestic abuse situation. He contacted Kelly to make good with her for the sake of their son. Dave believes strongly that his son should have a good father figure in his life. But, the protection … [Learn More...]

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Juvenile OUI Charges in Maine

For a juvenile under the age of 18, their first driver’s license is their first big step into adulthood.  When a juvenile is charged with Drunk Driving OUI, it is often their first serious brush with the law.  In Maine, juvenile drunk driving, is a juvenile charge.  Notwithstanding that juvenile OUI is a juvenile charge, the District Attorneys take juvenile drunk driving cases very seriously.  At the same time, a drunk driving conviction on a juvenile’s record can hinder their future before it … [Learn More...]

  Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Maine

Dave had always considered himself to be a law abiding citizen. At the same time, he has had an on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend of six years, Kelly. They have one son together. Part of their rocky relationship included a Protection from Abuse civil case. Dave felt bad about the domestic abuse situation. He contacted Kelly to make good with her for the sake of their son. Dave … [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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