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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Maine

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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Maine

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Maine. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Maine, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Maine. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
George A Hess
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Auburn, ME
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Richard L Hartley
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Bangor, ME
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Tina Heather Nadeau
Criminal Defense and Appellate Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Joseph Goodman
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Portland, ME
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Thomas J. Carey
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Farmington, ME
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William T Bly
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Biddeford, ME
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Andrews Bruce Campbell
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
04008, ME
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Victor Jon Koufman
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Boston, ME
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Meredith G. Schmid
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
York, ME
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Donald Scott Hornblower
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Lewiston, ME
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Maine Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) - The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) was established in 1992 to increase the fair administration of criminal justice and defense of individuals accused of criminal acts. The MACDL provides training to members and criminal defense attorneys in the Maine criminal justice system. Members must be Maine criminal defense attorneys actively engaged in the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of criminal acts.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Maine Government and Court Resources

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services - The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (MCILS) is responsible for ensuring legal representation for individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. It was established to offer defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges. MCILS assigns counsel, sets quality standards, and collaborates with attorneys to ensure fair access to justice. By promoting competent representation, MCILS plays a key role in safeguarding the rights of indigent individuals.

Maine Judicial Branch

Maine Judicial Branch - The Maine Judicial Branch is charged with the vital responsibility of administering justice in the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. Maine's judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues unique to the state, including matters related to its coastal communities and natural resources.

Maine State Legislature

Maine State Legislature - The Maine State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving two-year terms, while the House comprises 151 members also serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations.

Maine Supreme Court

Maine Supreme Court - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court acts as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Maine. Additionally, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of the Maine Attorney General

Office of the Maine Attorney General - The Office of the Maine Attorney General, headed by the Attorney General, who is appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. The office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Maine in legal matters, both civil and criminal. The Attorney General's duties encompass prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. Additionally, the office addresses a range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

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