Arrested? Charged? Accused? You need an effective and experienced advocate to achieve the best outcome possible and you should seek competent legal assistance at the earliest possible moment. We can help.
Criminal law refers broadly to the federal and state laws that dictate which behaviors and actions are illegal and subsequently punishable by fines and or imprisonment. Our legal system is primarily comprised of two different types of cases—criminal and civil. Civil cases are disputes between parties involving responsibility and legal duties owed to one another. Alternatively, criminal cases are charges filed by prosecutors following the alleged violation of a criminal statute.
Criminal cases are typically classified as either felonies or misdemeanors based on the nature of the crime and its maximum imposable punishment. What is considered a felony and misdemeanor and the prison sentences that can accompany such crimes varies widely from state to state. For instance, in the state of Maine, crimes are divided into five classes—A, B, C, D, and E. Excluding murder, which is treated as its own class, the class under which your crime falls will determine the possible extent of your punishment.
Additionally, Classes A through C are felonies, while classes D and E are misdemeanors. For instance, if you were to be convicted for aggravated assault—a Class B crime—you could potentially receive a prison sentence of up to ten years and a fine of up to $20,000. If you were convicted of disorderly conduct—a Class E crime—you could expect a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $1000.
If you are facing criminal charges you will need an effective legal team to stand with you. Peter W. Evans Attorney at Law, LLC is that advocate. With a strong background in criminal law in the Portland area, we provide you the legal experience you need for your criminal case – from drug charges to assault charges, from abuse charges to OUIs – our qualified legal team will assist you in obtaining the best possible outcome.
You are not alone. Contact our office today for more information about how we can help you.