Police responded to a civil complaint re: an aggressive dog...they left complainant’s property, entered mine & saw no dog, nor person or vehicle (I was out with said dog(s). Officers then approached domicile & claimed to see ‘evidence of firearms in plain view’...one officer was the... Read more »
Any search of the home would require a search warrant supported by probable cause, unless you provided consent to search the home. There may also be a 4th Amendment issue as to whether the police could enter your property to be in the location of where they claim they saw the firearm. Law...Read more »
You should not talk with law enforcement or anyone related to this investigation. If law enforcement asks to speak with you about it, you should politely let them know you do not wish to talk with them. This will not be held against you; anything you say to them can be used as evidence. Thanks
I was charged 2008 with stealing drugs(I did purchase them, but did not steal them) while homeless. I missed two court hearings due to not receiving notice of changed/new dates(homelessness is like that). So twice I was arrested and had to post over $1500. combined bond that ended up forfeit... Read more »
If there is a bail set on the warrant now, you can turn yourself in and post the current bail amount and be released. You may also be able to negotiate withdrawing the warrant and posting a bail with the DA's office. I'd recommend contacting your previous lawyer on this matter, or hiring...Read more »
You should not talk to the fire marshal or make ant statements as anything you say can be used against you and to assist in their case. It will not be held against you a evidence if you decline to speak with them. You should contact a lawyer for representation.
Today I learned of a "docket # KENCDCCR202220419. How do I determine who filed the complaint and how do I get to see any & all witness statements? This is a frivolous case and a waste of the court's time. Do I need an attorney?
You can contact the court for a copy of the complaint. The complaint would have been filed by the district attorney's office on behalf of the State. After your initial appearance in court, the State is required to turn over all evidence on the charge, including any statements, etc. You should...Read more »
Specifically its a misdemeanor theft charge and there is video surveilance evidence (and he has priors as well) so the only real incentive for prosecution is to avoid the hassle of a trial...I think he needs to go to prison and also return the items so I need to know whether I'll have any say... Read more »
Federal law prohibits anyone who is: "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)" from possessing a firearm. This would include marijuana use because it is defined as a controlled substance...Read more »
If the deferred disposition says no marijuana, you would be in violation of the agreement if you had marijuana. You can ask the court to amend the conditions to remove this because you have a medical card.
You can try resolving it from Maine but will need a Florida lawyer because it's a Florida case. I lawyer in Florida may be able to get the warrant vacated and resolve it without you having to return to Florida.
My husband and I were both charged with endangerment, but everyone agrees there is no case. Even the DA said it was weak and we were "never intentionally negligent" and the law is literally on our side - we didn't break any laws. We left our sons in the car with two cell phones and... Read more »
The prosecutor is required to turn over all evidence and information they have on your case, including any exculpatory evidence, up until the point the case is dismissed or finished. If they have not turned over something, you should bring it to the Judge's attention at the next court date,...Read more »
The first court date is an initial appearance. The Judge will make sure you're aware of the charge and maximum penalties, which for a Class C felony charge is up to 5 years in prison and $5000 fine, the Judge will find out whether you're going to hire a lawyer, or ask to have a lawyer...Read more »
Like if I got a class e theft in 2004 then one in 2019 then one in 2021 could the new one be a felony? I have got conflicting reports on this. For 3 class e thefts to be a felony in Maine do they have to happen in a 10 year period?
It is 2 prior convictions for theft within 10 years of the present theft. The conviction date is the date you're found guilty and sentenced not the date the theft occurred. If there are 2 prior convictions before the alleged third theft then it can be charged as a Class C felony. The dates you...Read more »
My friend was arrested without having investigation done and potentially assaulted by the officer who arrested him while being brought into the jail. The person in question filed a complaint and nothing has been done. He does have a bit of a mouth But they never served him his Miranda rights nobody... Read more »
The right to have a court-appointed lawyer only applies if you are facing jail time. You could hire a lawyer but the court won't appoint a lawyer in a case you don't face the risk of jail. There may be certain exceptions, such as if there are immigration consequences if you were...Read more »
I am not aware of any State of Maine criminal statute that would apply; however there may be a tribal law that applies. I'd need to know more information before the situation and what tribal jurisdiction to give you a complete answer. Thanks
Please feel free to call my office and we can schedule a consult to discuss. My office is in Bangor but I will handle cases involving felony charges in Presque Isle. if you're looking for referrals for lawyers closer to the Presque Isle area let me know and we can send you some names. Thank you
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