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What are the bail conditions for domestic violence in Maine?

Bail Conditions for Domestic Violence

Bail Conditions in Maine
With domestic violence offenses, the Maine courts aim to protect the family member(s) who are the alleged victims of the abuse.

If a case goes to trial, the defendant benefits from a presumption of innocence but before then, the judge/bail commissioner is usually hesitant to take any risks when setting bail conditions.

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Prosecutors are aware that stringent bail conditions make it more likely that the defendant will plead guilty, and will push for the tightest restrictions possible.

Additionally, prosecutors are pushing for tighter restrictions in order to ensure the integrity of the judicial system and for the purpose of protecting the alleged victim in the case from any additional harm.

Alleged offenders can, therefore, expect strict bail conditions that will include a “no contact” order.  This may mean that you will be required to move out from the family home until the justice system processes your case.

With an experienced domestic violence criminal defense lawyer representing you, it may be possible to avoid some of the harshest bail conditions or request an amendment to the terms due to your circumstances.

In certain cases, a good criminal defense lawyer can even get the terms of the bail amended to allow you to have regular contact with your spouse or family member.

Bear in mind that if you violate the terms of your bail, you may be charged with a Class E crime, which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

In many cases where a violation through contact is alleged, a court will order the defendant held without bail, which means you won’t get out of jail until you plead out or your case is heard by a jury.

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