Can any of us imagine carrying on daily lives or meeting our responsibilities without a license?
Maine’s OUI law has changed and new mandatory minimum sentences make a ‘simple OUI’ a costly and complex legal matter. A first offense can now mean a loss of license for up to 150 days. That’s a first offense with a test under .15%; if you refuse to take a test or test higher than a .15% BAC there are other mandatory minimum sentences that apply, often involve jail time and longer license suspensions. A conviction also likely increases your insurance costs and has a continued appearance on your permanent record. Read More
Speeding, criminal speeding, and all moving violations can have lasting effects on your license status and your insurance. Make sure you avoid unnecessarily harsh results by contacting our team.
Any allegations of Domestic Violence need to be taken seriously. Convictions can alter parental rights and impede parent-child relationships, not to mention possible jail time, your right to own a firearm and the effect it has on your current and future employment. Make sure the situation is addressed fairly and completely by speaking with our experienced counsel.
It is common for misdemeanor theft cases to be resolved with a small fine at arraignment. The “offer” from the District Attorney may sound attractive, the fine is small, and you do not have to return to court. However, misdemeanor theft convictions can “add up” to a felony. That means that old theft cases, even those you resolved with a small fine, can lead to a simple shoplifting arrest being charged as a felony! ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES need to be taken seriously and with your future in mind. A “simple” resolution today can lead to Felony charges in years to come. Be certain your situation is assessed fairly and that your future is protected, get our team on board quickly.
A charge of assault is specific to behavior towards another person. The charge itself does not speak to the context or the circumstances that gave rise to the behavior. Police officers rarely witness the behavior, they are left to sort out a confusing and emotional scene in the fastest way possible and that can lead to mistakes. Anyone charged with assault needs to understand the label that a conviction for assault leaves on their record and the impact it has on future goals. Hiring our team will allow for the preservation of evidence that tells “the rest of the story”. People make mistakes, but they do not have to be defined by them.
A probationer is subject to arrest and detention for much less proof than is the general public. Probation conditions can be violated by non-criminal conduct and any violation can result in jail time, perhaps even the imposition of the full sentence underlying the probation term. Quite simply, the rules for probation violations are different, and they do NOT favor the Defendant. Our counsel can guide you to a just result by assuring that all relevant facts are brought before the Court.
Hunting and fishing are as much a part of Maine as lobster and moose. Protect your right to enjoy these family traditions by hiring counsel experienced in working with Wardens and Marine patrol.
Protecting Client Rights
A criminal conviction can pose very serious and long-term consequences including heavy fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and having to explain your conviction to future employers. From arraignment to negotiations with the district attorney’s office to trial, our legal team has the necessary experience and knowledge to protect your interests and help get the best possible resolution to the charges.
OUI & Criminal Team
Attorney Raftice has spent many years defending clients facing OUI and criminal charges. Although his practice has now expanded into other areas of law, he remains a valuable resource to the rest of the OUI and criminal team.
Prior to joining Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice (ATR) in 2010, Attorney Leddy worked for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office. Since joining ATR, Chris has defended hundreds of clients in OUI and criminal matters. As a former prosecutor and current instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, he has the experience and knowledge to fairly assess the factual basis for the State’s case. He has spent a great deal of time in actual litigation. He says, “Having been a prosecutor and having that particular angle of expertise is unique to defense counsel. I have conducted hundreds of hearings and I understand how prosecutors approach particular cases. This perspective allows me to develop legal strategies that are best suited to favorably resolve cases for my clients. There really is no substitute for courtroom experience when it comes to a fair assessment of issues, evidence, and outcomes.”