Monthly Archives: May 2013

VEHICLE PASSENGERS, STOPS AND SEARCHES.

  One issue that comes up frequently in criminal defense practice is what, if any, grounds a passenger has to complain either about a police officer’s stop or search of a vehicle he or she is riding in or about the search of items

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PROPORTIONATE SENTENCING IN MAINE AND STATE V. STANISLAW

Proportionate Sentencing in Maine and State v. Stanislaw   In State v. Stanislaw, 2013 ME 43 (Stanislaw II), Maine’s Law Court fleshed out the details of a “proportionality” requirement for sentences imposed in this

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NTSB RECOMMENDS PER SE BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF .05% OR LESS

NTSB recommends per se blood alcohol level of .05% or less.   On May 14, 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report titled “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired

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THE CRIME OF ASSAULT, IN MAINE.

The crime of assault, in Maine, is defined as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing offensive physical contact or bodily injury to another person.   Simple assault is a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to a

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