Criminal Defense Lawyer Bangor ME
Criminal Defense Lawyer Bangor, ME
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, call the criminal defense lawyer Bangor, ME has turned to for over 20 years. Call my office or, if it is a weekend, holiday, or after hours, call my cell, 207-478-1093. If I cannot answer immediately, text me and I will return the call as soon as possible.
I have represented thousands of criminal defendants charged with felonies and misdemeanors in both state and federal court, from murder on down to speeding. No matter who the client and no matter what the charge, a person suspected of a crime deserves the very best representation to best protect his or her rights.
This protection must start immediately. Waiting until after you are contacted by the police, or delaying to the point where my investigation would be pointless, just gives the police and the prosecutor an extra leg up in their race to conviction. Call me, the criminal defense lawyer Bangor, ME trusts.
Quite often, clients will tell me that they had my phone number but did not call even though they knew the police were coming to talk to them. They thought they would do fine by themselves, but they always regret that false hope. The police are effectively trained in getting the information from you that they need for a conviction, often in cases where there would be no prosecution without the suspect’s statement. The police can mislead you and even lie to get their most valuable evidence: what you tell them.
You cannot be objective when your liberty interest is at stake. It does not make sense to counsel yourself when the risks are so high.
Just as you should not talk to the police, you should not talk about what happened to anyone other than trusted criminal defense counsel. Are you thinking about confiding in your girlfriend or your friend? You might as well be whispering in the prosecutor’s ear. We all understand the overwhelming compulsion to “tell our story,” but not as a criminal suspect. The very first rule of criminal defense strategy is to stop the flow of incriminating information. What you tell me is confidential. Come talk with me, a criminal defense lawyer Bangor, ME consistently turns to for security and protection in such uncertain times.
Do not delay in hiring a lawyer. Criminal charges can change your life forever. On your own, you just cannot properly assess let alone begin to investigate your case. If the police have contacted you, they will insinuate and sometimes out right promise that you do not need a lawyer and that you are not going to be arrested if you talk to them. They probably mean, not arrested “that day.” If you talk to the police, you are just putting off the inevitable. A conviction does not have to be inevitable. Learn about the 7 Common Criminal Defense Strategies.
Information About Assault and Criminal Defense
If, for example, you are being accused of assault, you should get the help of a Bangor, ME criminal defense lawyer. An assault and battery charge is a criminal offense with the potential to stay on your record forever. If these charges have been brought against you, it is pivotal to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to ensure your rights are protected at all times. Our attorneys at David Bate Law Office have created a guide to help give more information.
Assault and Battery Charges
While the terms assault and battery are typically used in tandem, they are completely different offenses.
- A simple assault is if Person A threatens Person B to the point where Person B believes their safety is in imminent danger.
- An aggravated assault is when Person A tries to injure Person B with a deadly weapon. It is important to note that when it comes to an assault charge, the victim does not have to be physically injured, as the charge is brought due to the intent behind the threat.
- Battery is when Person A succeeds in striking Person B.
Possible Assault Defenses
There are three typical assault defenses you can use in court; self defense, lack of intent (meaning the entire incident was an accident), and/or defending another person. Self defense tends to be the most used defense, and this means that while the defendant (you) did the physical act associated with the charge of the assault, this was justified because they believed their personal safety was in danger.
To claim self defense, your attorney must claim:
- The other member(s) were the aggressor.
- You had reason to believe your personal safety was compromised.
- The force you used was reasonable for the actions committed.
Potential Assault Convictions
Depending on if the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor, you can potentially face paying a fine, being placed on probation, or incarceration in a prison or a jail. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison, whereas felonies require more than a year incarceration. A Bangor, ME criminal defense lawyer can discuss the different punishments with you.
What can you expect from working with a criminal defense attorney?
A Bangor, Maine criminal defense attorney from David Bate Law Office can help to change the outcome of your case and protect your rights. You can expect they will have:
- Updated knowledge of the law.
- Experience defending cases similar to yours.
- Negotiation skills.
- Experience in both federal and state courts.
- Options when it comes to alternative scenario planning.
- A skilled evaluation of your options and resulting risk assessment.
- Communicated clearly with you their course of action and how they foresee your case playing out.
- Evaluated pros and cons of all legal options and decided on the best course of action for your specific case.
- A sense of confidence in your case.
Above anything else, it is imperative you trust your criminal defense attorney. Any and all communication with an attorney will be kept confidential, and know that when you work with David Bate Law Office, your best interests will be kept at the forefront of your case.
If you believe you have an active arrest warrant here in Maine, you need to act on it before it acts on you. Usually, neither the courts nor the police will tell you if there is an outstanding warrant. Sometimes lawyers can find out for you, make arrangements with the clerk’s office, and have you in front of a bail judge, avoiding arrest and a night or two in jail. Obviously, if you appear voluntarily on an arrest warrant, a bail judge is much more likely to be lenient regarding your release. Call the criminal defense lawyer Bangor, ME relies on to do everything possible to keep you out of orange and out on the street.