Criminal Defense and Juvenile Justice
Solving Problems One Client at a Time
Operating Under the Influence (OUI), Operating After Suspension (OAS), Major Driving Offenses, Immigration Offenses, Mail or Wire Fraud, Firearms, Narcotics, Drug Trafficking, Assault, Restraining Orders (Protections from Abuse or Harassment) and Representation of Minors.
Jim’s first job out of law school was with the Hampden County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office. He spent a little over a year prosecuting cases in one of the busiest courts in the northeast. Most of the cases involved drug possession and trafficking, OUIs, domestic violence, and major traffic offenses. Unlike Maine, criminal defendants in Massachusetts are afforded a six-man jury trial. As a result, Jim tried over thirty cases in that relatively short span of time. It was a great job and Jim learned a lot about trying cases and how juries think.
In the dozen or so years since serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Jim has maintained an active criminal defense practice. His experiences have varied greatly defending professionals and “white collar” defendants as an associate at large law firms and then serving as court-appointed counsel for indigent defendants as a solo and small firm lawyer. Jim has been a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel in the U.S. District Court fort the District of Maine since 2003.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any of the following offenses, please contact me to discuss how Jim can help:
- Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
- Major Traffic Offenses (Operating After Suspension, Criminal Speeding)
- Possession or Sale of Narcotics or other Controlled Substances
- Mail, Wire, or Internet Fraud
- Weapons or Firearms Offenses
- Theft/Burglary, Shoplifting, or Embezzlement
- Assault and Battery
- Corporate or other “white collar” crimes (health care or Medicare fraud, prescription violations, insurance fraud, telemarketing fraud, etc)
Jim has been asked to represent a growing number of juvenile defendants in the last two or three years. Obviously, these cases present very unique challenges — for the kids, their parents, the Court, and the State. Jim is pleased to offer these services. Please contact us to discuss your child’s case.
Although the focus of Pete’s practice is now catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, he began his career as a criminal trial lawyer. Since 1991, he has represented more than a thousand people charged with serious crimes.
Pete and Jim both recognize that the best criminal defense involves marshaling the facts as well as the law: that there is no substitute for thorough investigation, meticulous research, and zealous advocacy.