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Maine’s Marijuana Laws: Hazy Confusion

 

The is a lot of uncertainty in Maine around the issue of marijuana laws. And, now that it looks like we won’t be voting on recreational marijuana laws in November, the confusion remains. Traveling with medical marijuana is still problematic. There are a lot issues around driving with marijuana, the definition of driving under the influence of marijuana is still unclear.

Watch the video to find out more about marijuana laws in Maine and learn why there is so much confusion.

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Can a Lawyer Serve on a Jury?

 

In today’s video Devens Hamlen talks about lawyers serving on juries. Given the amount of knowledge that lawyers have about sentencing and mandatory minimums, Devens feels like his approach as a juror might be different than the rest of the jury.

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Devens Hamlen’s Take On Treatment Over Jail

 

Unfortunately, very often people with addiction or mental health issues are winding up in jail instead of in treatment. At H&H Law Center we see it all the time, someone with a serious mental issue acts in a way that they would ordinarily not act, and ends up being convicted of a crime and serves time.  In Maine we see this come up time and time again with heroin addiction. The problem with that approach is clear, jails simply aren’t equipped to handle the underlying causes of the behavior, the root cause isn’t treated. In the state of Maine, and all over the country, we need to take a closer look at how we are treating, both socially and medically, these people with sometimes debilitating psychological problems. We need to ask ourselves, are we treating them with the compassion with which we would want to be treated, or our children, or our friends?

Watch the video to see Devens Hamlen’s take on the issue.

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A Portland Maine Defense Attorney’s View Of The Presidential Election’s Lack Of Civility

 

In today’s video blog Merritt Heminway shares his thoughts on the current election cycle. He has an interesting view on the respect that he shows for the courts and the laws of our society, and how, sadly, that kind of civility doesn’t seem to be present in this year’s Presidential election.

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The Court After Justice Scalia: The Perspective on a Portland Defense Attorney

 

In today’s video Merritt Heminway talks about the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Scalia. Heminway discusses the consistent originalism of the late Justice, where his death leaves the court now, and what he would perhaps think about the current obstruction of the Senate.

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Should Marijuana Be Legal In The State Of Maine?

 

Even though it is not a crime in the state of Maine, getting caught in possession of marijuana can still have some serious consequences in your life – from education, to employment, to loans. The possession of the drug is considered a civil violation, and can carry some serious implications.

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Heminway points to the statistics coming out of Colorado, where it has been recreationally legal for about three years. He believes that Maine should legalize the drug recreationally, pointing to crime statistics, safety, and potential tax benefits to the state.

Until that day comes, however, if you have been caught in possession of marijuana you should seek legal representation as soon as possible to help avoid some of the long term negative impact that type of civil violation can have on your record.

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Founding Partner Merritt Heminway talks about marijuana in the state of Maine.

Below is a transcript of the video:

Should marijuana be legal in the state of Maine?

In the state of Maine simple possession of marijuana is not a crime, it’s a civil violation. But that does not mean it won’t have bad consequences. And even simple possession for marijuana may be a good reason to hire an attorney.

The state is not going to be able to put you in jail on a civil violation like that but I can have consequences for your life beyond. Any kind of drug violation of any kind is often cause for employers not to hire you. Many employment applications are asking that question. It is also cause for federal student loans to be revoked or not granted. That can be bypassed with a lot of extra paperwork and advocacy. But the general rule is that one is not eligible for any kind of student loans even if it’s just a few civil charge of simple possession of marijuana in the state of Maine.

And so often times we help out students who were in possession of a very small amount of marijuana but nevertheless need legal representation to make sure that they don’t carry a civil violation of possession of marijuana on their record forever and ever. Because that does have consequences. The state won’t put you in jail but it will seriously messed with your ability to get a job or get an education.

I think ideally marijuana ought to be legalized recreationally across the board. The early indications from Colorado and Washington states are very good. I think we are about three years now that it’s been recreational legal in Colorado and the early indications are excellent. Unsurprisingly in Colorado the drug related arrests and convictions are way down. Saving the state a huge amount of money in prosecutions and charges and police costs.

And the if early numbers are right from Colorado the state from Colorado it’s also getting a lot of tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. The research is pretty crystal clear that marijuana is about the safest drug out there certainly safer than alcohol. And, recreational use of marijuana does not seem to be a major public policy problem contrary to what we all grew up with and heard through the 70s 80s and 90s.

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What Can Bill Cosby Teach Us About The Rules of Evidence?

 

How much can your prior bad acts, alleged or proven, be used against you in court? This is a central question in the case against Bill Cosby in Pennsylvania. And, while this case has drawn a lot of attention due to the celebrity of the defendant, the questions about the rules of evidence are the types of issues we deal with all the time in the courts of Maine.

Watch the video to learn more from Merritt Heminway.

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The Sex Offender Registry in Maine

 

Being convicted of a crime that lands you on the sex offender registry has huge, and sometimes lifelong, consequences. If you are facing that kind of case in the courts of Maine, you need to get a lawyer as early in the process as possible.

To hear what Merritt Heminway has to say on the topic, see: Are Sex Offender Laws in the State of Maine Fair?

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Can your phone be used against you as evidence?

 

 

Can your phone be used against you in a court of law? It could be an issue of how it is secured.

In today’s video Devens Hamlen discusses a case of his that has set the legal standard in the state of Maine. Watch the video to find out how your passcode could differ from your thumbprint on an iPhone.

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Standards of proof for restraining orders in Maine

 

As we have talked about before on our blog, restraining orders can happen fast if you are a defendant. And, in an effort to protect families, the burden of proof for restraining orders is lower than it is for a criminal conviction. But, it is important to understand that just because restraining orders can happen rapidly, that doesn’t mean that there are not serious consequences to attached to them.

In today’s video Merritt Heminway talks about the standards of proof for restraining orders in Maine, and gives an example of a typical situation that doesn’t seem serious at first, but can turn serious rather quickly.

If you have any questions at all, or are facing the possibility of a restraining order, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help.

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