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

A commercial driver’s license (CDL or CPL) is a special driver’s license which allows someone to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV), such as large trailer trucks and busses.  A CDL is required when the commercial motor vehicle weighs in excess of 26,000 pounds.  Keeping a CDL is necessary in order to maintain employment that involves […]

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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 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.

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Maine Criminal Defense Attorney’s Perspective

Portland Maine DV Defense Attorney

Portland Maine DV Defense Attorney: DV Defense Strategies

I am an experienced domestic violence defense attorney in Maine.  Over the past decade, I have defended many domestic violence cases all across Maine with a heavy concentration in Portland Maine.  Below I am sharing a Maine DV Defense Attorney’s perspective of defending those accused of violating Maine’s Domestic Violence Laws.  This article shares information regarding Maine Domestic Violence Laws, Penalties and DV Defense Strategies.  If you are accused of Domestic Violence in Maine, the … [Read More...]

Maine CDL OUI

Maine CDL OUI

A commercial driver’s license (CDL or CPL) is a special driver’s license which allows someone to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV), such as large trailer trucks and busses.  A CDL is required when the commercial motor vehicle weighs in excess of 26,000 pounds.  Keeping a CDL is necessary in order to maintain employment that involves driving a CMV.  A criminal charge for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Maine for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder can put your CDL at risk.  In … [Read More...]

Can a simple push be considered domestic violence assault?

Can a simple push be considered domestic violence assault?

It was a fight, which got out of hand.  In the heat of it you pushed your partner away.  The neighbors called the police.  In Maine, two officers usually respond to a domestic violence call.   Once at the scene, each officer will talk to one of the parties, individually.  As a part of the investigation process, the officers will look for evidence such as broken items in the home or bruises on a person.   The officer’s will also interview witnesses to the scene to determine if a domestic violence … [Read More...]

Do you lose your cdl if you get a Maine OUI?

Do you lose your CDL if you get a Maine OUI?

The question (Do you lose your CDL if you get a Maine OUI?) is one I can get from clients who drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as a part of their job. This is a good question to ask, because a DUI conviction can have a significant negative effect on a person’s commercial driver’s license (CDL), including a possible one (1) year or more suspension (for a first offense) or a lifetime disqualification (for a subsequent offense) of the person’s CDL. Put frankly, when you have a CDL, a DUI … [Read More...]

  Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Maine

I am an experienced domestic violence defense attorney in Maine.  Over the past decade, I have defended many domestic violence cases all across Maine with a heavy concentration in Portland Maine.  Below I am sharing a Maine DV Defense Attorney’s perspective of defending those accused of violating Maine’s Domestic Violence Laws.  This article shares information regarding Maine Domestic Violence … [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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