Drug Lawyer Bangor ME

GavelI am a tested and experienced drug lawyer Bangor ME trusts. Call me at my office anytime or, if I am not available, try my cell, 207–478-1093, evenings, holidays and weekends.  If I do not pick up, I will return your text as soon as I can.

I have defended hundreds of persons charged with drug crimes in federal and state court.  Their charges range from simple possession to a federal drug conspiracy with gun charges.  No matter what the charge, a few simple rules apply.

First, drug cases are about type, weight and role in the offense.  Politely but firmly refuse all police requests to search you, your car, your home, your pocketbook, luggage or anything else.  You cannot physically prevent the police from searching, but you should not consent to a search.  If the police say it will just take time to get a warrant, insist on the warrant and take that time to call the drug lawyer Bangor ME calls on warrants.

Second, you have a constitutional right to counsel for a reason. No one, no matter how serious the crime or how likely the conviction, should face the immense resources and strength of the government’s prosecution without trained, experienced, and knowledgeable legal counsel. You need an experienced lawyer to stand between you and your accuser. The sooner you hire counsel, the greater your protection and the greater your chances are of minimizing or avoiding criminal liability.  Quick retention of counsel also allows your lawyer to investigate your defense in a timely manner.  I will be working against the police who are working against you.  Call the drug lawyer Bangor ME has known for over twenty years.

Third, you have a right to silence because the framers of the Constitution knew that even the truth can be twisted to make an innocent person look guilty. If you are reading this, you or someone close to you is a suspect in a crime.  Once an investigation has reached that stage, the police and prosecutors interpret everything through the lens of their suspicion. Before you do anything, call the drug lawyer Bangor ME calls.  But do not delay in calling while potential co-defendants lawyer up and then line up to incriminate you.

If you make statements to the police or even your friends, every possible incriminating interpretation of your words will be seized upon by the state to make you look guilty. This goes by several names such as “rush to judgment” and “cop lock.” But by remaining silent, by saying nothing, there is that much less to use against you. An essential part of any criminal defense is limiting the evidence against the defendant. By remaining silent, you frustrate your accusers and significantly increase your chances of avoiding conviction.  Contact me, a top drug lawyer Bangor ME knows and trusts.

Just as I am specially trained to protect your rights, police officers and detectives are specially trained to get you to talk to them. Be polite. Be respectful. But be silent. I will absolutely guarantee you that is the best legal advice you will ever get.

Contacting legal counsel may eventually result in communications with the police.  However, because a suspect is so personally involved, not trained in the law, and not experienced with criminal investigations and prosecutions, it is obviously best to have a lawyer decide whether those communications with police are in a suspect’s best interest.

If you have been contacted by federal agents, the defense strategy changes, requiring a lawyer with extensive federal criminal defense experience. Dealing with the specific federal prosecutors, the federal bail code, pretrial services, and sentencing guidelines adds a layer of complexity not present in state prosecutions.

If you are out of state and charged with a crime in Maine, it is often possible to avoid extradition and multiple, unnecessary appearances in Maine courts.  However, the key is quick and timely retention of counsel.  The extradition process is inhumane and borderline barbaric. You are handcuffed to a seat in a bus alongside an assorted collection of criminals. You are bused toward Maine on the schedule and route most convenient for your transporters. You are not able to stop to use the facilities. I know of one gentleman extradited from North Carolina to Maine via Oklahoma.  Don’t delay in calling the drug lawyer Bangor ME calls because once that extradition process starts, you are on the bus for the duration.

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, my best advice generally is to face the warrant before it faces you. It is extremely rare for the clerk’s office to misplace a judge’s authorization for an arrest warrant, so if it was ordered, it is out there waiting.  You would much rather be standing in front of a bail judge having voluntarily surrendered yourself than to be dragged into court in chains begging to be set free. Talk to me, however, because there are Court schedules and other procedures that need to be properly timed. Otherwise, you could show up at court, ask for a hearing on the arrest warrant that it is not until the following week, and then be arrested on the warrant and a week worth of jail.  Call the drug lawyer Bangor ME relies on to sort out these out-of-state issues.