Criminal Defense Lawyers in Portland Maine
Criminal convictions, especially in the state of Maine, can follow you forever. Maine has no expungement process, so your criminal record isn’t sealed after a set number of years. And if you are asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you will have to answer yes. That is why we don’t want you to simply plead guilty because you are feeling pressure to do so or you think that it will be the fastest way to get the whole ordeal behind you. If you plead guilty that conviction will stay with you.
These days, we believe, the stakes are higher than ever. With so much personal information available online, your criminal history is just getting easier and easier for potential employers to find. This record will limit your options for your future.
We absolutely don’t want to see that happen. If you have been accused of a crime in the State of Maine, please give us a call to see what your choices are. We can help.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 221-6363.
The transcript of today’s video is below:
It’s important to know impact the verdict because criminal convictions will follow you for life
If you plead guilty to a crime in the state of Maine, it’s on your record forever and ever. If you plead guilty to even the smallest misdemeanor that’s on your record forever and ever. There’s no such thing as expungement in the state of Maine. That means that if you were applying for a job, and more and more job applications are asking this question, and they were asking whether you have ever been convicted of a crime, the truthful answer would be yes, even if it was 20 years ago. There’s no way to get that off your record, it is there forever.
I believe that incarcerating someone and locking them up is a life destroyer. It destroys lives. It destroys children’s lives. It destroys entire extended family’s lives, when people are locked up even for a little bit of time. So your best option is to hire an attorney and to hire an attorney early.
Our top priority is to keep you out of jail and keeping you from having a criminal conviction. We know that the consequences of that conviction will follow you. We live in an age where a tremendous amount of information about all of us is available with just a few clicks and keystrokes. And that means that a criminal conviction is more dangerous now than it ever has been. These things follow you and you just can’t get rid of them. So you know when we’re trying to think what the best result is for a client, we’re trying to position a client to reduce their risk to get the best possible results, a huge part of that is seeing if we can avoid convictions.