Category Archives: Criminal Defense Lawyers

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What Is The Right Relationship Between The Police and Citizens?

 

Jumping off from Devens Hamlen’s post on Tuesday, HOW DO POLICE DASHBOARD CAMERAS EFFECT MAINE?, today Merritt Heminway continues the discussion of the relationship between police officers and the citizens of Maine.

As the police forces around the country are increasingly becoming “militarized” in terms of equipment, this is an important conversation to have. What is it that we want from our police? What is their fundamental role? What should that relationship with the citizenry look like?

Watch the video to learn what Heminway has to say.

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THE LATEST ON AN OFFICE OF PUBLIC DEFENDER IN MAINE – PART TWO

 

In today’s post, defense attorney Merritt Heminway continues his discussion of the virtues of a fully funded public defenders office in the state of Maine, and how we treat those who can not afford a lawyer can tell us a lot about ourselves as a society.

If you missed the first part, you can find it here: THE LATEST ON AN OFFICE OF PUBLIC DEFENDER IN MAINE

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LD 1433 in Maine – How Did We Get Here?

 

 

Maine is the only state in the union that doesn’t have an Office of Pubic Defender to defend the poor. But, since 1963 and the landmark case of Gideon versus Wainwright, every jurisdiction in the country has had the obligation to provide a lawyer to anyone who can not afford to hire one. Maine has so far met its legal obligation by hiring private attorneys to defend the poor.

Maine Office of Public Defender and LD 1433: A History

Now Maine is considering LD 1433, an Act to create an Office of the Public Defender. In this video Merritt Heminway explains how we got to this point, and what it means for the city of Portland and the State of Maine.

We still have a crisis on the state of Maine where we’re not actually paying the true cost of representing the poor. Click To Tweet

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LD 1433 in Maine

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Accidentally Breaking the Law and Strict Liability

When is it OK to make someone a criminal if the criminal act was an accident?  So called “strict liability crimes” (where the State doesn’t have to prove you meant to commit the crime) are everywhere from driving offenses to statutory rape.  When we punish people, is it OK to lock them up for their mistakes instead instead of true malicious acts?
Vice: “If You Accidentally Break the Law, Are You a Criminal?”

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Driving Stoned: Can the Cops Tell If You Are High?

Marijuana and Alcohol are very different drugs, yet when it comes to an OUI charge, some want to treat them the same.  Testing for the presence of THC in the blood stream as a way to help build the State’s case against a person accused of driving impaired is problematic.  Even if we assume it is possible to determine impairment of some kind at some time based upon the level of THC in the blood, how can we possibly determine marijuana induced impairment at the time of driving?
Bangor Daily News: “Group splits on how Maine would define pot users’ OUI” (12/15/2015)

 

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Which is the most important kind of case?

 

We have experience will all types of legal defense cases here in Portland. The severity of the cases we defend really does run the gamut from petty theft to the most serious felonies. We know that any conviction, no matter how seemly small from the outside, has real repercussions for our clients. So, we treat every case with the same zeal and intensity as if it were our own family member on trial.

This is one of the advantages of being a small law firm. Cases that would get swallowed up by a huge firm with hundreds of lawyers can be handled with care at H&H Law Center. We have the one on one relationships with our clients that lead to what we think is more compassionate advocacy.

We are proud of the defense law that we practice. And we know, at the end of the day, we are providing the same level of legal representation that we would want for ourselves and our family.

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Is It Right To Remain Silent When Interacting With The Police?

Everyone who has ever watched a cop show know’s the phrase, “You have the right to remain silent.” That right, which is protected by the 5th Amendment, shouldn’t be taken lightly.

 

You do have the right to remain silent, and as lawyers, we recommend that you exercise it when you find yourself in a situation with the police. Watch today’s video by founding partner Merritt Heminway to learn more about this important right.

To find out about how we can help with DUI cases, please visit: DUI Lawyers in Maine

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Is It Right To Remain Silent When Interacting With The Police?

If you would like to read a transcript of today’s video, we’ve included it below:

 

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Bail In The State of Maine: How Does It Work?

 

In the state of Maine, bail is set as a way to guarantee to the courts that you will return for your hearing. If you don’t post it, you will be held until the date of your trial. This could be relatively quickly, or it could literally takes months to happen. There are serious, potentially life-altering, consequences to not posting it – you could lose your job, you would be separated from your family. That is why it is so important to have a lawyer present at the time of your first appearance in front of a judge.

Why is important to have a lawyer at your bail hearing?

The amount of money you have to post can vary, and having an attorney beside you who can talk to the judge and explain the circumstances in your life that would be adversely affected if you were held until your hearing is incredibly helpful. Your lawyer can explain to the judge why it is in the best interest for everyone involved for you to be back at work and back with your children. 

In today’s video, founding partner Merritt Heminway explains how it works, and how having an experienced lawyer on your side can help.

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Bail in the State of Maine

Founding Partner Merritt Heminway

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Experienced Defense Lawyers in Portland, Maine

 

Experience matters a lot in the profession of criminal defense. As a defendant, you want to know that your legal team has spent years working in the courts in and around Maine. At H&H Law Center, we have close to 25 years experience combined navigating the criminal justice system. We have spent countless hours learning the nuances of both the law and the system. We have built relationships with judges and other members of the court, and those relationships help make sure that we can advocate effectively on your behalf.

Defense law is all that we do. That level of focus and expertise helps us provide all of our clients with the best representation that we can.

Experienced Defense Lawyers in Portland Maine

If you find yourself in the position where you have been charged with a crime, you want to make sure you have a team on your side that you can count on. We would be happy to bring our years of experience to your defense to make sure that you have the best possible outcome for your case.

We understand that this process can be confusing and scary, and we want to be at your side for every step of it. If you need representation, or if someone you love needs representation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and see how we can help you.

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Experienced Defense Lawyers in Portland Maine

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