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South Portland, Maine, USAAccording to, South Portland in Maine, with a population of about 25.5K there is a relatively low rate of crime. The odds of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 532 and your chance of being the victim of a property crime is however 1 in 45 people. While your odds of falling victim are relatively low and most people don’t intend to cause harm or disruption to other peoples lives you may find yourself, in the heat of the moment or with the wrong crowd,  in need of a criminal defense lawyer to defend your rights and help get your life back on track.


If you get charged with a criminal offense in South Portland, your case will be handled in the Portland Unified Criminal Docket, in Portland, Maine. This courthouse is located at 205 Newbury Street, in a large, bulky, white stone building. Driving directions can be had using Google Maps, and are also available on the court’s website.

Importantly, make sure that you go to the correct courthouse. The Federal District Court for Southern Maine is located directly across Pearl Street from the Maine District Court. The Federal District Court is for federal cases & many people mistakenly go to the federal courthouse when they actually have a state case. Your criminal charge is a state charge (unless your case is a federal charge), so will be handled in the Maine District Court, not the Federal District Court. Unfortunately, both courthouses look very similar, and are right across the street from each other. Make sure that you go to the correct court; if you don’t, and are unable to make it to a court proceeding that requires your presence, the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. If you have any doubts, stand in Lincoln Park, near the intersection of Pearl Street, and Federal Street, and stand with your back to the park, facing the intersection. You want to be in the Maine District Court, the building on the left. You will only have to walk across one road, “Federal Street”, to get to it. To get to the Federal District Court from that point, you will have to walk across two roads & Federal Street, and Pearl Street.

Having a skilled and established South Portland Maine criminal attorney from our law office, by your side to represent you in court can be extremely helpful to you and your case.


Unfortunately, as many local Mainers know full well, parking in Portland is extremely difficult to come by. All of the streets within a few blocks of the courthouse have a strictly enforced two hour limit, so street parking may not be the best option. There are, however, two public parking lots near the courthouse. The first one is a parking garage located across the street from the courthouse, on Federal Street. However, this garage is a favorite of those who work both nearby and in the court, so it fills up very quickly. If you arrive close to the court’s opening, at 8am, you might be able to find a spot at one of the nearby meters, or in this garage. If you get lucky and this works out, the price for the garage is $2.50 per hour, and is cash only.

If you don’t manage to find a parking spot in this garage, your second option is an outdoor lot at the corner of Congress and Pearl Street, on the other side of Lincoln Park from the court, named Top of the Old Port Parking.


If you’re attending court for the first time (assuming it is your arraignment), court will likely be held in courtroom #1, which is located on the 1st floor. For all other court appearances, your case will likely be held in courtroom 7. You will not have to venture up to the third floor. If your case is set for jury selection or jury trial, you’ll likely be in courtroom #11, which is located on the second floor.


Regardless of where you are arrested in Maine, having a quality criminal defense attorney like William T. Bly on your side can be the best way to prevent an arrest and criminal charge from turning into a devastating conviction. Mr. Bly has extensive experience and a proven track record throughout the state of Maine, including in South Portland. When it comes to your criminal defense William T. Bly fights for your rights and interests, both in and out of court. Call a highly experienced South Portland Maine criminal lawyer at (207) 571-8146  or contact William Bly -online.




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