Maine Criminal Defense Lawyers


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Areas Of Practice

Homicide, which refers to the act of killing a person whether unintentionally or intentionally, has severe legal ramifications. If you were accused of homicide, contact our attorneys immediately to begin building your defense.

Sexual crimes include any unlawful sex acts, from sexual assault to distributing child pornography. A convicted offender will be impacted for the rest of their life due to the significant penalties involved, even if the allegations are cleared. Defend your innocence with a skilled attorney.

Domestic violence is a term that is widely used to characterize marital abuse, which can include physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Even false accusations can have lasting impacts on the defendant’s life, so seek immediate legal intervention.

Possessing, cultivating and trafficking controlled substances in Maine fall under drug crimes. The class of penalties varies depending on the kind of substance, but all involve jail time and fines. Depending on your circumstances, legal solutions are available.

When you’re charged with an OUI or driving offense, your livelihood is at stake, and you will be prohibited from driving until your case is resolved. The most serious charges include jail time, so review your case with an attorney right away.

It is illegal to smuggle, traffic and poach exotic animals in Maine. Keeping federally-protected animals as pets can result in significant charges, so if you face a criminal accusation, act quickly with STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers.

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Criminal Process

  • 01

    When law enforcement receives a tip about suspicious activities, an investigation begins. Typically, investigations entail acquiring evidence, obtaining a search warrant, or questioning witnesses. You may be requested to produce blood or urine samples if you are suspected of driving under the influence.

  • 02

    When police think they have enough evidence to make an arrest, they can either ask a judge for an arrest warrant or just take the subject into custody. Only if there is probable cause, as established by the evidence acquired throughout the inquiry, may an arrest or a request for an arrest warrant be made.

  • 03

    After being arrested, the defendant must appear in front of a judge for their first hearing, also known as an arraignment. At this point, the defendant becomes aware of the allegations and enters a plea in response.

  • 04

    Your lawyer shares information with the other side’s counsel during the pre-trial, or discovery, period. We talk about the evidence and information we’ll use in the trial. A pretrial motion may be submitted in some circumstances, which might result in the dismissal of certain charges or the exclusion of certain evidence from the trial.

  • 05

    If your case is not settled successfully at plea bargaining, it will be tried. The presiding judge and the jury will decide who is the guilty party. To defend you, your lawyer will rely on evidence.
    All criminal defendants have the right to a jury trial under the law.

  • 06

    If you plead guilty or are found guilty of any of the charges, the court will choose an appropriate sentence based on your criminal history, the seriousness of the offense, and other criteria. Sentences vary depending on where you live, therefore our attorneys will keep you up to date on Maine’s specific laws.

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    Even if found guilty, the defendant has the right to appeal to a higher court. The defendant might allege that specific parts of the trial influenced the case’s result during an appeal. If the appellate court agrees with the defendant, the conviction may be overturned or a fresh trial requested.

Trusted Attorneys on Your Side

When you’ve been charged with a crime, stress and fear overwhelm your daily life. You know you need help, but you’re not sure where to find it. It’s time to contact a trusted Maine criminal defense attorney.

The experienced and qualified lawyers at STEVE SMITH Trial Attorneys can take away the fear and stress you feel after you’ve been charged with a crime. How can we do that? By mounting a strong legal defense against the charges you’re facing.

Whether you are facing a traffic ticket or your charge is a misdemeanor, felony, first offense, or the latest in a long list, the attorneys at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers have successfully handled a similar case. The effects of a conviction, which can range from strain in the home and at work to years in prison, can follow you for a lifetime. Don’t let a conviction happen to you.

A committed, knowledgeable criminal lawyer at our firm can protect your rights, ease your mind, and help you beat your charges. To find out more, give us a call or fill out our online contact form.

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We know that what you really want is an attorney who will help you beat your charges. We also know how to make that happen. We routinely represent clients facing a broad range of charges, from traffic offenses (CDL drivers) to drug crimes and felonies to misdemeanors.

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I’m Under Investigation, Will I Be Charged With A Crime?

Not necessarily. Working with an attorney before you are charged may help protect your rights and could help you avoid being charged. Once a crime has occurred, police have a limited amount of time to investigate and file charges, known as the statute of limitations, which varies based on the charge.

What’s The Difference Between Bond And Bail?

A person who is charged with a crime and being held in police custody may be required to pay a fee, known as bail, in order to be released. If the person charged, or defendant, cannot afford to pay bail, they may be able to use a bonding service, or bondsman, to help pay the bail on their behalf, using a bond. Bonds are usually secured, sometimes with a home or car.

What Happens At Arraignment?

For misdemeanor charges, the arraignment is the date for you to appear in court and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Your attorney can often send a letter entering a plea on your behalf and you will not need to appear in court.

For felony charges, you must be indicted before the case can proceed to arraignment. If you are arraigned, you and your attorney will likely need to appear in court to enter a plea.

Can My Case Be Resolved Before Going To Trial?

For many charges, yes. Your defense attorney may be able to use the circumstances of your arrest, the evidence available, witness testimony, or other means to have the charges against you dropped or negotiate an acceptable plea agreement without going to trial. However, if a trial is necessary to clear your name, our attorneys will not shy away from a tough fight.


There are plenty of criminal defense attorneys in Maine, so what makes STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers different? It’s all in our name.

We put a premium on trust. That means we will work hard to build a real relationship with you, and we’ll never treat you like you’re just another case to us. Your case—and your life—matter to you, so they matter to us, too.

When you team up with us, we’ll get to work finding evidence, building a bulletproof defense, and identifying a solution for you. And we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. A lot goes into building a defense against a criminal charge, and we know you don’t have the time, energy, or expertise to do what the best STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers do.

With us, you won’t have to worry about all that. Give us your story, and we’ll take it from there.



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