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Drug Possession Charges: Misdemeanor & Felony

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As a Maine drug possession attorney, I get a lot of questions about the elements of drug possession, the severity of the charge and the possible sentences. Drug possession in Maine can be a misdemeanor with a fine only, or a felony with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison. It all depends on […]

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Domestic Violence Assault Attorney

Domestic Violence Assault in Maine Charges, Sentences, Defenses

Maine law allows particularly harsh penalties for Domestic Violence Assault. Still, the state must prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt before a person can be convicted. So what does the State need to prove, and what makes these cases different from any other type of assault charge?

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Changes proposed to Maine Criminal law

Every session, Maine lawmakers propose changes to our criminal law. Many of these proposals shape who is prosecuted for what crimes and what penalties they can face. Current draft legislation would impact jail visitation, Maine’s drug trafficking laws, punishment for text messages of genitals, Maine’s sex offender registry, treatment of juvenile marijuana possession and enforcement of Maine’s driving laws. Here is an […]

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Habitual Offender Revocation

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People who fall within Maine’s habitual motor vehicle offender designation will have their driver’s license revoked for 3 years and will face serious charges if they drive during the revocation. I have written before about some of the defenses to these crimes. This article discusses the prior convictions that bring a person within the habitual offender designation, the State’s revocation […]

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Drug Trafficking Charges

Heien v. North Carolina mistake of law

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on October 6, 2014. Thier first case, Heien v North Carolina, presents a pretty interesting criminal law issue: can a police officer’s reasonable, but mistaken understanding of the law be a valid basis for detaining a citizen?

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