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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Can i be arrested if i ignore banishment from reservation
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Sep 8, 2020

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

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Q: I'm looking for the best criminal defense lawyer to handle my case in presque isle maine

my charges were unlawful trafficking scheduled w drug, oas, failure to stop, disordly conduct, and possession of Syringes

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jul 23, 2020

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Can an arresting officer in a criminal case be related to the victim of the crime
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jun 23, 2020

There is no no law that prevents the arresting officer from being related to the alleged victim. However, the arresting officer's potential bias in the investigation and decision to arrest may be used as a way to challenge the State's case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Is aggravated forgery class b in Maine a felony?
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on May 4, 2020

Aggravated Forgery is a Class B crime in Maine. All Class B crimes are felonies with a maximum penalty, if convicted, of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine.

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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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Feb 6, 2020

Sorry I didn’t see the message sooner. If you’re still looking for a lawyer for this case you may want to try Jeff Davidson.

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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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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 22, 2020

You're right about that. The judge usually calls the case in alphabetical order by last name.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maine on
Q: fictitious inspection sticker in ME, 1st offense

My husband was recently pulled over and was ticketed for no proof of insurance, we have it although the card wasnt in his car. Also got summons for display of fictitious inspection sticker.This is a 1st offense, what are the penalties, and will there be jail time?

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 20, 2020

On the insurance, if you contest the ticket and send in proof of insurance that ticket should be dismissed.

On the inspection sticker charge, it is a class E misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and $1000 fine. Those are the maximum penalties. Jail time is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Maine on
Q: In Maine, at what point in the pre-trial process is a person released, and how would someone's bail be denied?

So to clarify my question a little more:

I'm a writer, and looking to do some research for my book. In it, someone is arrested on a felony, and the prosecution argues that he's dangerous and his bail should be denied.

So firstly: at what stage would the prosecution argue... Read more »

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 11, 2020

The bail would be argued at the initial appearance.

If someone is granted bail they are released right away after the initial appearance.

Hope that helps. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Maine on
Q: If a 17 year old boy commited simple arson but it was his first offence of arson how may years in jail will he get

He's 17 he's had probations and has gotten into trouble before but never with arson

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Nov 9, 2019

If he is charged as a juvenile, the maximum penalty could be a commitment to the juvenile jail until the age of 21. It does not mean he would receive this but that would be the maximum. If the State is able to bind him over and charge him as an adult, the maximum penalty for arson is 30 years in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maine on
Q: how do I find out if there is a warrant out for my brother who lived in Maine
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Oct 30, 2019

You can contact the court where the charge is and ask. If it's an arrest warrant it may be sealed until he's arrested so you would not be able to find out through the court. Typically only warrants for failure to appear in court are public record. Arrest warrants for new cases are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Maine on
Q: Contributing to someone's death in a hospital .. I need to know who to talk to or what to do ?

I have a video that will show the proof of adding to the medication on top of the hospitals medication which caused the patient to overdose

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Sep 17, 2019

If this is a case involving medical negligence, you should contact a medical practice lawyer. I do not handle medical malpractice claims. Sorry I can't be more help on this. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maine on
Q: I have a pfa on me on behalf of my kids but was ordered phone calls with them at 7 PM is it a violation to text instead

Is it a violation if the pfa order does not say I cant text but says I can call and me and my children text

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Aug 28, 2019

I would have to see the PFA order to know for sure, but if the Order specifies phone calls only then any other contact, including through text, is likely a violation of the Order.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: I am 24 and on 2 occasions I have received bjs from a 17year old is that legal
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Aug 22, 2019

It is illegal under federal law. It would not be illegal under Maine law if it was consensual.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: If I get convicted of gross sexual assault what are the possible outcomes
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Aug 22, 2019

It would depend on the category of gross sexual assault that is charged and convicted on. In general, this is a very serious charge that often carries a long prison term, with some forms of gross sexual assault carrying prison terms of 20 years or more. A gross sexual assault conviction will also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: in maine, what would happen to a newly turned 18 year old found dealing class a drugs if its a first offense?
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Aug 8, 2019

Most Class A drug charges in Maine carry a mandatory minimum 4 year prison sentence. The maximum is 30 years for this charge. If found guilty of the Class A crime and the mandatory 4 years applies then that would be the lowest sentence that can be imposed. Please let me know if there are any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: How much time do you serve on a 60 day sentence? Charge is probation violation.Original charge dv assault
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jul 14, 2019

On a DV assault charge, you can earn up to 5 days of good time credit per month, so you may end up doing 50 out of the 60. It is possible if you obtained a trustee job you could get more time off as well. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: charged with saleuse of paraphernalia and furnishing the place/liquor. this charge was when i was 17, but my court-

-date is the day after my 18th birthday. how will i be charged? this is my first time getting a summons. i am so nervous

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jul 11, 2019

If it occurred before you turned 18 and is a criminal charge, you'd be charged as a minor, not adult. If it is not a criminal charge, but a civil violation, it is not a criminal charge and the age does not matter. I hope this helps. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: How do I subpoena a witness? How many days before trial does witness need?
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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Feb 11, 2019

You need to get a subpoena from the clerk of the court and serve it on the witness. The sheriff will serve it for a fee. There is no timeframe for serving it before trial but the sooner the better usually. Thanks

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: I need to remove squatters from my cabin located on leased land in the unorganized territories of Maine.

How do I go about this? Our last attempt was closed without prejudice. I do not understand the legal system and cannot afford a lawyer. Can you help me?

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 14, 2019

I'M SORRY BUT DON'T HANDLE THIS AREA OF THE LAW. YOU SHOULD TRY CONTACTING A PROPERTY RIGHTS LAWYER. THANKS

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Will Maine extradite for unpaid fines

Owe like $2300

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Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Sep 25, 2018

No, not for unpaid fines.

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