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MAINE CRIME RATE DOWN 9.1% IN 2013.

Posted June 18, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom. Maine’s Department of Public Safety reports that Maine’s crime rate dropped 9.1% last year.  That’s remarkable!  The 2012 spike in pharmacy robberies tapered off in 2013, as overall robberies

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BOND V. U.S., FEDERAL OVERREACH EXEMPLIFIED.

Posted June 5, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   An interesting U.S. Supreme Court opinion was issued on Monday, June 2, 2014. In Bond v. United States, 572 U.S. __ (2014), the Court was presented with questions about the limits of the federal

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MAINE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.

Posted June 3, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   What shows up on a person’s Maine criminal history report? People who have been charged with a crime are forever raising questions about what will show up on their criminal record if a prospective

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SUPREME COURT RULINGS 5/27/14, THE DEATH PENALTY, DOUBLE JEOPARDY.

Posted May 27, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two criminal cases, summarized below. Death Penalty/Eighth Amendment. In Hall v. Florida, 572 U.S. __ (May 27, 2014), the Court dealt with the

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NO, YOU CANNOT LEGALLY DRIVE A MOPED OR A SCOOTER WHILE YOUR LICENSE IS SUSPENDED.

Posted May 25, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   Twice in the past two weeks, I have been asked whether there’s any substance to the urban myth now circulating that a person under suspension for OUI can legally drive a moped or a scooter on

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HUMAN FALLIBILITY AND THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Posted May 10, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   In today’s paper, there’s a story about a retired Portland cop I once knew, and worked with on cases, who’s been indicted for six-figure theft.  This follows the recent indictment of the

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R.I.T. PROF CALLS FOR IMPRISONMENT OF DISSENTERS.

Posted April 6, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   Come see… Look what I found under a rock. Lawrence Torcello, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, recently called for criminal prosecution of those who publicly

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3/31/14 CLE: LICENSE SUSPENSIONS, REINSTATEMENT, IGNITION INTERLOCKS.

1.      Rules Regarding OUI and Refusal Suspensions in General.  -Courts impose suspensions for OUI convictions under 29-A M.R.S.A. §2411, with the duration determined by how many prior “OUI offenses” are pled and proved. -The BMV

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UPDATE ON PENDING MAINE OUI LEGISLATION.

The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has its guy in Augusta who stays on top of matters of concern before the Maine Legislature.  That man is Walt McKee, Esq.   Walt has reported the following recent actions on bills bearing on the

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IGNITION INTERLOCKS, WORK LICENSES AND FIRST OFFENSE OUI’S IN MAINE

Posted January 21, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   As many might already be aware, the length of license suspension for a first offense OUI in Maine has increased, for conduct committed on or after December 1, 2013, from 90 days to 150

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