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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Maine on
Q: I'm looking for a lawyer to appear in court for me tomorrow at 830 in machias maine for an oui. Any suggestions?
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William T. Bly Esq answered on Feb 3, 2020

Asking someone to appear for you and looking for suggestions sounds like you're shooting in the dark. And this is a last minute "ask". My suggestion is that you make serious inquiries about retaining the best attorney that you can, and if that person can appear for you, that's... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: How long does a felony 1st appearance in Maine take? Do you have to wait until everyone's done before leaving?

Hi,

I previously asked about how long a felony first appearance in Maine takes, and if there's a bathroom break. I received an answer that first appearances, unlike arraingment, don't take very long, and a bathroom break is therefore unnecessary.

First of all: thanks for... Read more »

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William T. Bly Esq answered on Jan 22, 2020

That is correct. You might be waiting for a long time for the judge to call your name. FYI, if you're seeking representation for a criminal charge, and it sounds like it's a felony, please consider calling my office to setup a consultation. Thanks and good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Maine on
Q: How long does 1st appearance in Maine take? Can you go to bathroom in the middle? At what point are you considered done?
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William T. Bly Esq answered on Jan 17, 2020

There is a difference between an initial appearance and an arraignment. An initial appearance is reserved for felony charges. At that hearing, the judge will discuss the charges with you, ensure you understand the maximum penalties allowed by law (if convicted), set bail (if not already set) and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: can police search my computer without a warrant?

they came to my home to investigate the overdose of two neighbors. they asked if i would talk with them about it. they further asked if they could search for any more of the drug, "in the interest of public safety". i hesitated but said they could look for any more of the drug. one went... Read more »

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William T. Bly Esq answered on Nov 20, 2017

Your question is a bit more complex and requires a longer explanation. The police were not allowed to exceed the scope of the search, for which you gave them permission. The scope of the search was to seek physical evidence of drugs. Once you gave them permission, they were allowed to search... Read more »

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