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

Frank lives in Portland, Maine, where city ordinance permits adults over 21 to possess small amounts of recreational marijuana. Frank goes to visit friends at their Old Port apartment, and he smokes marijuana during the evening. Because Frank does not want to drive drunk, he does not drink any alcohol. Later that evening not being […]

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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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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.

Maine Criminal Defense Attorney’s Perspective

With Attorney Nielsen’s help, I got a great outcome!

"I had pled guilty to an OAS charge without a lawyer, and the next thing I knew I was looking at going Habitual Offender. If I lost my license, I would have lost my profession, which requires a lot of travel. If I don’t have a car, I can’t get around at all. I have a good paying job, and I can’t risk losing it. I had to get help.I found Attorney Chris Nielsen to be honest and thorough in explaining my circumstances to me. He helped me understand all the legal things that I did not really … [Learn More...]

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Marijuana OUI in Maine

Frank lives in Portland, Maine, where city ordinance permits adults over 21 to possess small amounts of recreational marijuana. Frank goes to visit friends at their Old Port apartment, and he smokes marijuana during the evening. Because Frank does not want to drive drunk, he does not drink any alcohol. Later that evening not being aware of Marijuana OUI in Maine, Frank is confident that he is in the clear to drive home.While driving home, Frank stops way too short of a stop sign, and then … [Learn More...]

Hiring The Nielsen Group was well worth the investment

"This past summer I was facing a theft charge for petty shoplifting. I understood that the penalty would be a fine only. Overall, I was not worried about the fine amount, but the prospect of having a criminal charge on my record. A conviction would have been devastating. I feel that I might have been kicked out of school, and I could be overlooked for future career opportunities that require a special license.In the past I had gotten in trouble before, and I really found that having a … [Learn More...]

OUI-Checkpoint

What can an officer pull me over for when looking for OUI?

Maybe you had a few dinks while spending the evening out with friends. Before you get in the car to drive home, you might wonder, what can an officer pull me over for when looking for an OUI? This is a great question. The short answer to the question (what can an officer pull me over for when looking for OUI) is that in addition to the fact that an officer can pull you if they have reasonable articulable suspicion that you are in violation of a law or ordinance, when on the lookout for OUI, the … [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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