Maine Habitual Offender Driving Laws

Maine is a notoriously rural state, with very few public transportation options. For some, losing their right to drive is just simply not an option. 

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Maine Nursing License and Criminal Convictions

No one likes getting charged with a criminal offense, but it can be especially troublesome for nurses in Maine.  Read more

A Wise Man Once Said: Nothing At All

Most people know, or have heard, that they have the “right to remain silent” when being questioned by law enforcement officers.  But what does that actually mean, and when should someone invoke this right?

The right to remain silent comes from the Fifth Amendment, which states: “no person shall be… compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Read more

What You Need To Know About Field Sobriety Tests

The goal of this article is to level the playing field between law enforcement officers and drivers who are asked to perform Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s).

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AMY FAIRFIELD AND SARAH BRANCH AWARDED FOR EFFORTS AT ANNUAL MACDL MEETING

The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) holds its annual meeting every June and, in addition to holding seminars and discussions regarding various issues, presents two awards: The President’s Award and the Unsung Hero Award.

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You Aren’t Required To Submit To A Breathalyzer, But You Might Want To

Typically, when a motorist is pulled over on suspicion of Operating Under the Influence (OUI), a law enforcement officer will ask the driver to exit the vehicle and perform standardized field sobriety tests.  Based on observations by the officer, he or she may ask the driver to submit to a breath test (known as a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer).

Under Maine law, if there is probable cause to believe a person has operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, that person shall submit to and complete a test. See 29-A §2521. This reading of the statute may leave some feeling as though the breath test is mandatory at the request of a law enforcement officer.

However, under Maine law there are provisions which increase the punishment for people who refuse to submit to an alcohol test. Therefore, it can be inferred that the tests are not absolutely mandatory if the driver is willing to incur increased penalties.

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Does Mediation in Family Matters Work?

In short, it depends.

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, individuals looking to gain temporary access for work or other matters may be prohibited from entering if they have pending criminal charges.  In fact, all misdemeanor and felony charges, except first-offense Operating Under the Influence (“OUI”), will prevent an individual from gaining access to the Shipyard until the case has been finally adjudicated.

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Our Mascot, Annie “The Bulldog” Fairfield

Like our mascot Annie “The Bulldog” Fairfield, we are loyal bulldogs and tenacious advocates for out clients.

F&A Launches new Brand & Website

We are celebrating 12 years of service by launching a new brand and website that represents our passion.