When you are accused of a crime in Maine, your very freedom is at stake. Whether this is your first altercation or you have a long criminal history, you need a skilled criminal lawyer on your side in court.
About Criminal Law in Maine
In the state of Maine, all crimes fall into one of five classes: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. The first three classes are felonies, while the last two are misdemeanors. Felonies are generally considered more serious than misdemeanors, but any of these crimes can carry significant penalties.
Typical punishments for these crimes are as follows:
- Class A – A fine of up to $50,000 and up to 30 years in prison.
- Class B – A fine of up to $20,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
- Class C – A fine of up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in prison.
- Class D – A fine of up to $2,000 and up to 1 year in county jail.
- Class E – A fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in county jail.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Criminal law in Maine can be complicated and confusing. Although you can choose to represent yourself in court or accept a court-appointed attorney, it is best to seek counsel from someone who has experience in these cases. A qualified lawyer can review your case, explain how the relevant laws apply and help you make the best possible choices as you move forward. Depending on the situation, your lawyer may advise you to accept a plea bargain or fight for your innocence in court. If you choose to go to court, your attorney will be by your side for the duration of the trial.
At the Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein, we have many years of experience defending the accused in Maine. We understand these laws inside and out, and we can help you navigate your case from start to finish.
Contact the Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
If you have been accused of a felony or a misdemeanor crime in Maine, don’t leave the outcome to chance. Contact the Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein today to discuss your case, learn more about our services or schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!