Meet Ed Folsom, Southern Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer
I grew up in Bangor, Maine, and graduated from Bangor High in 1974. In 1979, I graduated from the University of Maine, Orono. My wife, (also a ’79 U Maine grad), and I later enrolled in law school together at Stetson University College of Law, in St. Petersburg, Florida, where we completed our first-year studies before returning to Maine to complete our last two years at the University of Maine School of Law.
In 1984, I began practicing with the firm of Jolovitz & Niehoff, in Waterville, Maine. Before long, my wife and I were interested in returning to southern Maine, and I wanted to join a D.A.’s Office and secure some intensive trial experience. In early 1987, then-Cumberland County D.A. Paul Aranson brought me on board as an assistant D.A. Within the first 2 months, I was invited to move up from Portland District Court to Cumberland County Superior Court. Soon, I was racking up jury trials galore- sometimes 5 or 6 a month- and handling cases ranging from misdemeanors, to sex offenses, to armed robberies, to attempted murders.
Cumberland County Deputy D.A.
By 1992, I was working for Cumberland County D.A. Stephanie Anderson, then in her first term of office. When her Deputy D.A. resigned to enter private practice, D.A. Anderson appointed me to the position. The Deputy D.A. is sort of the “right hand” of the D.A., which is the role I assumed while also handling over 125 felonies and several hundred Superior Court misdemeanors per year.
In 1995, I went into solo private practice, mostly practicing criminal defense in state and federal court. During this period, I defended people against a wide variety of criminal charges, including murder. The first murder charge I ever defended was dismissed outright after I tried the case twice in three months, without co-counsel, and got two hung juries.
In 1999, I was asked to join The Boulos Law Firm, in Saco, Maine. There I remained until mid-2012, in a firm engaged exclusively in criminal defense, with a strong focus on OUI defense, representing hundreds of people facing OUI charges as well as drug, sex and domestic violence charges, and charges of vehicular and non-vehicular homicide and attempted murder. In 2011, I authored the book Maine OUI Law, a legal reference guide designed to assist other Maine attorneys in handling OUI cases (see at www.brysontaylorpublishing.com and www.amazon.com). I later authored a second legal reference guide, Maine Driver’s License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses, published in December of 2012, also available through www.brysontaylorpublishing.com, www.amazon.com, and the University of Southern Maine Bookstore.
Now I’m doing my own thing again in solo practice, ready to help if you are charged with a crime.