In a criminal case, it's the Government against you. But the Defendant has an advantage, they get to choose their Criminal Defense Attorney. … Continue Reading...
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Portland Maine Drunk Driving, DUI, OUI Lawyer
I'm a criminal defense, drunk driving, DUI, DWI & OUI lawyer in Portland Maine. Here's info about Maine OUI laws, penalties and defenses for DUI & OUI in Maine. DUI or OUI in Maine is rarely a "whodunit." Issues like alternative suspects, DNA testing, fingerprints and alibis rarely apply. … DUI, OUI Attorney Luke S. Rioux
Drug Possession Charges: Misdemeanor & Felony
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 […]
Domestic Violence Assault Attorney
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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OAS defense attorney
Under Maine law, driving with a suspended license is called Operating After Suspension or OAS. Many people think that these crimes are easy to prove and that it’s not worth hiring a lawyer for a suspended license case. I have handled hundreds of OAS cases and there are often defenses. Here’s the story of one […]
Habitual Offender Revocation
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 […]
Drug Trafficking Charges
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?