Education

  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1984.
  • University of Maine, Orono, B.A., 1979.

Professional Associations

Case Outcomes– Examples

  • Aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon dismissed after deferred disposition.  Plea to Class E driving to endanger, 30 days in jail.
  • Gross sexual  assault dismissed for plea to Class D assault, 2 days in jail, credit for time detained.
  • Gross sexual assault dismissed for plea to 2 counts Class D OUI and 1 count violation of bail conditions, 5 days in jail with credit for time detained, after deferred disposition.
  • Gross sexual assault, not guilty after jury trial.
  • Manslaughter dismissed for plea to aggravated assault, 30 days in jail, 2 years of probation.
  • Manslaughter and aggravated OUI (death) dismissed.   Reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon deferred, then dismissed for plea to Class D OUI and Class D reckless conduct, 30 days in jail.
  • Manslaughter and aggravated OUI (death) dismissed for plea to Class D OUI, 14 days in jail, 1 year probation.
  • Murder charge dismissed after two hung juries.
  • Murder charge dismissed for plea to felony murder, 17 years in prison.  Codefendant convicted of murder, 45 years in prison.
  • Robbery (bank) dismissed for plea to Class E theft, 6 months in jail.
  • Trafficking in cocaine base, Class B, dismissed for plea to Class E marijuana possession.
  • Domestic violence reckless conduct with dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with dangerous weapon, aggravated criminal mischief, all Class C, all dismissed for plea to reckless conduct, Class D for probation, no jail.
  • Violation of conditions of release, Class C, based on alleged contact with felony domestic violence victim, dismissed outright based on demonstrated victim credibility issues.
  • Misdemeanors, way too many to get into.

Publications

Maine OUI Law

  • Maine OUI Law- 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 Editions, Bryson Taylor Publishing.
  • Maine Driver’s License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses (non-OUI)- 2013, 2016 Editions,  Bryson Taylor Publishing.
  • Probation, Deferred Disposition and Administrative Release, The Maine Defender, Vol. 17, Winter 2006.
  • Beware of Habitual Offender Status, The Maine Defender, Vol. 12, December 2003.
  • Immigration Consequences of Certain Convictions, The Maine Defender, Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter 2002.
  • State v. Webster Examined, The Maine Defender, Vol. 10, No. 2, Winter 2001.
  • A View From The Trench, The Maine Defender, Vol. 8, No. 3, October 1999.
  • Motion Practice Pointer, The Maine Defender, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 1999.
  • Plea Negotiations section of the Sentencing Manual of the Maine Association of Maine Criminal Defense Attorney 1998.
  • Maine Driver's License Suspensions, Revocations and Related OffensesState Dismisses Murder Indictment, The Maine Defender, Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1997.
  • Motion Practice Pointer, The Maine Defender, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1997.
  • Motion Practice Pointer, The Maine Defender, Vol. 5, No. 2, May 1996.
  • Motion Practice Pointer, The Maine Defender, Vol. 4, No. 4, November 1995.

Continuing Legal Education Speaking Engagements

 

 

  • Presenter on topic, “Practical Tips for Defending Drug OUI Charges,” York Bar Association, June 12, 2020.
  • Presenter on topic of collateral consequences of motor vehicle convictions, 2019 Bridging the Gap seminar, Maine State Bar Association and Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, December 11, 2019, Freeport, Maine.
  • Panelist on topic of OUI-Drugs and the drug recognition expert (DRE) protocol, 2019 Maine Judicial Conference, October 22, 2019, Augusta, Maine.
  • Presenter on topic, “Beyond OUI:  Maine Driving-Related Crimes and Consequences,” 2019 Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers annual seminar, June 13, 2019, Freeport, Maine.
  • Presenter at seminar, “Getting Educated on the Fourth Amendment,” York Bar Association, April 30, 2019, Portland, Maine.
  • Presenter on topic of state and federal firearms bans for certain criminal convictions, etc., at seminar, “Brady, Confessions, and Firearms,” Scott Houde Prod., September 26, 2017, Saco, Maine.
  • Presenter on topic of evidence issues in domestic violence cases at seminar, “Strengthening Your Defense in DV Cases,” Scott Houde Prod./Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, April 25, 2017, Saco, Maine.
  • Presenter at seminar, “OUI + PCR Training — Technical Issues in OUI Cases,” Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, March 24, 2017, Augusta, Maine.
  • Presenter at seminar, “The Real OUI Case:  Real Issues- Real Defenses, York County Bar Association, May 21, 2015, Saco, Maine.
  • Presenter at seminar on OUI Defense, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, August 22, 2014, Freeport, Maine.
  • Presenter on topic of Defending an OUI case, York County Bar Association/Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services “Criminal Training” seminar, March 31, 2014, Biddeford, Maine.
  • Presenter on topics of ethics and plea negotiations, NBI seminar “Criminal Litigation From A to Z,” December 2011, Portland, Maine.
  • Presenter at Maine State Bar Association/York County Bar Association seminar “OUI/DMV/Intoxilizer,” Fall 2003, Saco, Maine.
  • Presenter at Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seminar “Sentencing in Criminal Cases,” Spring 1998, Augusta, Maine.
  • Presenter at Maine Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Legislative Updates” seminars 1995, 1996, Portland, Auburn and Augusta, Maine.
  • Presenter on topic of pretrial bail, Maine State Bar Association Seminar “Avoiding Jail:  Strategies for Successful Criminal Defense,” 1996, Portland, Maine.

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maine School of Law,  Criminal Procedure:  Investigations, Spring Semesters 2014 through 2016.

Reported Appellate Cases

  • State v. Stevens, 510 A.2d 1070 (Me. 1986); State v. Larrivee, 563 A.2d 1104 (Me. 1989); State v. Roberts, 641 A.2d 177 (Me. 1994); State v. Eklund, 2000 ME 175, 760 A.2d 622; State v. Sylvain, 2003 ME 5, 814 A.2d 984; State v. Pineo, 2002 ME 93, 798 A.2d 1093.

Awards