Brooklyn, NY asked in Criminal Law for Maine

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 that answer. It was very helpful.

As a follow-up: I was under the impression that when it comes to first appearances, you wait in the court room as each defendant is called forward, and you're done when the judge finally gets to you. So though your personal first appearance doesn't take long, it might be a while if there's a bunch of people ahead of you and you have to wait. Is that not correct?

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William T. Bly Esq
William T. Bly Esq
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Biddeford, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

A: 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.

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bangor, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

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

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