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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Farmington, ME

Farmington Maine Criminal Defense LawyersThe most common criminal offenses in Farmington are property crimes. Property crimes include theft, burglary, robbery and auto thefts. The crime index in 2010 was 1,313 when the national average was 1,610. Crime in Farmington has been on a downward trend recently, and it is predicted to continue to decrease in 2013. In 2010, the violent crime rate was lower than the national average by a large percent – 67.41%. The property theft crime rate, however, was 0.16% higher.

One area that Farmington police pay especially close attention to is traffic violations. They believe that the key to catching criminals or all types lies in traffic enforcement. Research has suggested that criminals are less likely to act in an area where there is heavy traffic patrol. The idea being that police who make routine stops will be able to discover the other criminal doings during the process.

Another reason for this focus is due to the large college population that moves into the city during the school year. In 2010, the police department answered almost 10,000 calls for service. 429 of those calls were for assistance after an auto accident. Many students attending the University of Maine at Farmington are inexperienced drivers. Police make a special effort to educate students and parents about the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving and drinking too much. OUI, underage drinking, and disorderly conduct are common offenses in every city but are even more so in a college area.

Farmington, ME Criminal Courts

There are two main court systems in Farmington in which criminal cases are heard. Only superior courts hear cases with juries, so the majority of criminal cases are held there.

Farmington District Court

129 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Clerk: Vicki Hardy
Phone: (207) 778-2119
TTY: (207) 778-8273
Court Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Franklin County Superior Court

140 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Clerk: Vicki Hardy
Phone: (207) 778-3346
TTY: (207) 778-8273
Jury Trial Status: (800) 222-0160

Court Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Common Criminal Offenses in Farmington, Maine

Some of the most common areas of criminal charges that we see include:

Domestic Violence – Farmington has a low number of assaults, but that does not mean crimes do not occur. Domestic violence can take many forms. Stalking, threatening, and sexual abuse can all be forms of domestic violence.

Marijuana Crimes – Because of the high number of young people in the city, Farmington police are always on the lookout for marijuana. Possession of small quantities is a Class E offense, but cultivation or distributing can lead to Class B charges.

Drug Possession – Drug crimes in Maine are a big problem. Prescription drug fraud and abuse are particularly bad. Possession of any controlled substance can result in serious consequences as Farmington police are looking to crack down.

Sexual Assault – The number of rape cases in 2010 was under 10 and the most recent projections show that sexual crimes in Farmington seem to be decreasing at a steady rate.

Theft CrimesTheft, larceny, and burglary are the most common property crimes in Farmington. In 2010, the largest percentage of criminal activity was related to theft crimes.

Juvenile Offenses – A large number of college students means a lot of underage kids being offered alcohol or even drugs. Police in the city monitor the roads extra carefully and underage OUI and underage drinking are common offenses.

OUI – One of the biggest concerns in Farmington is drivers under the influence. College students are notorious for not knowing their limits and making stupid decisions. When a decision involves consuming alcohol or drugs and getting behind the wheel, innocent people could suffer. For this reason, police are extra vigilant in popular college areas.

Farmington Criminal Defense Options

When you are accused of a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. This gives you the advantage because you do not have to prove that you are completely innocent, only that there is reasonable doubt that you committed the crime. Even if there is strong evidence against you, an attorney can help you. We work to build strong defenses by challenging the evidence the prosecution has against you. If we can successfully question the validity of even one piece of evidence, the prosecution’s case weakens.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Farmington Today

If you have been arrested for a DUI or other crime in Farmington call our firm now. We have the know-how and the skills necessary to win your case. Attorney William Bly has dedicated his legal career to defending people just like you all over Maine. He is a top rated attorney who cares about his clients and getting great results for them. Attorney, William T Bly, genuinely enjoys his job and has even received several honors and awards for his work. Let him put his knowledge and experience to work for you.

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