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Criminal Charges in Belfast, ME

Located in Waldo County, Belfast has a crime rate that is lower than the national average but slightly above the average for cities in Maine. Like many of the larger cities in Maine, violent crimes are low but property crimes are higher than the country’s average. The majority of property crimes are thefts.

Statistically, it is slightly more dangerous in Belfast than the surrounding cities. The police force only consists of 13 officers, one of which is a volunteer. To help citizens feel safe, the city has a hotline where residents can anonymously report crimes and suspicious behavior.

Belfast Criminal Courts

District courts hear mostly civil cases, but Class D and E criminal trials where the right to a jury has been waived can also take place there. District courts never use juries. There are 13 district courts in the State of Maine. The Belfast District Court is located at:

Belfast District Court

447 Main Street
Springvale, ME 04083
Clerk: Brooke Otis
TTY: (207) 338-0893
Court Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Belfast Superior Court

Most criminal trials take place at Superior Court because it is the only court in Maine that uses juries. When you are charged with a crime, you have the right to a trial by jury. If you waive this right, you may have trial at the District Court, but this is rare. The Superior Court of Waldo County is located in Belfast at:
137 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Clerk: Brooke Otis
TTY: (207) 338-6468
Court Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Belfast Criminal Offenses

If you have been charged with a crime in Belfast, call our firm right away. For many crimes, immediate action is needed to preserve your future.Our lawyers know the best defenses for every type of case and can provide you with the personal care and attention you deserve. Some of the most common types of criminal charges include:

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence can be any type of abuse by one person to another person with which they share an intimate relationship. You can be charged with domestic violence for verbal and emotional abuse as well as physical. Domestic violence rates are high throughout the State and police are quick to make arrests based on accusations.

Probation Violation: If you are on probation in Belfast and believe that you will be charged with a violation or have been already charged with a violation, contact an attorney right away.

Weapons Charges: The most common type of weapons charge in Belfast is for gun law violations. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and assault with a weapon, however, apply to any type of weapon, not just guns.

Sex Crimes: This category includes charges that involve anything sexual in nature such as sexual assault, rape, child pornography or indecent exposure. These charges can be very serious and conviction can lead to mandatory registration as a sex offender. There are currently only 7 registered sex offenders in Belfast making the stigma even greater.

Drug Crimes: Drug crimes in Belfast can vary in severity based on many factors. Anything from drug possession and cultivation to marijuana charges to drug trafficking and even prescription fraud can be considered a drug crime. These allegations are serious and convictions can include jail time and lengthy probation sentences.

Theft Crimes: Crimes like burglary, robbery, shoplifting and the charge of theft itself are all considered theft crimes. Theft and burglary are two of the most frequently committed crimes in Belfast. As a result, the prosecutor may want to set an example with you and push for the steepest sentence possible.

Violent Crimes: Violent crime rates in Belfast are low. In fact, in 2011 there were zero murders and zero arson reported in the city. In order to keep these numbers low, prosecutors will likely crack down on anyone accused of a violent criminal act.

Get a Belfast Defense Attorney

There are many different types of criminal charges that you can face in Belfast. All of them can result in probation, jail time, community service, fines and more. A few offenses such as DUI are charged as Class D crimes, but many charges will lead to Class B or Class C penalties. Sentences for a Class B crime include fines of up to 10 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. The best way to avoid the negative consequences of a criminal charge is to hire an experienced defense attorney.

Attorney William T. Bly has dedicated his career and his practice to criminal law. He helps clients in Belfast and all over Maine fight their charges and get the best results possible. If you have been arrested for a crime in Belfast, call us right now.

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