June 18, 2013

Once a probationer is served with a summons revoking their probation or a warrant is requested for a probationer their probation time stops running but they still must abide by their probation conditions. Maine law provides “the running of the period of probation is tolled upon either the delivery of the summons, the filing of […]

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Congress Vows to Crack Down on Military Sexual Assaults

June 7, 2013

Senate Members Took Military to Task for Skyrocketing Reports of Sexual Assault Members of the senate reprimanded military officials for their failure in curbing sexual assault. In a meeting held in March, 2013, the senate members did nothing to hide their disgust against sexual assault reports that keep on pouring in. They were of the […]

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Should the mentally ill be allowed to buy guns?

June 4, 2013

The following is a link to a case I am currently handling. I typically do not post about current cases. However, this blog post is not addressing the case itself but addresses the politically hot issue of who is allowed to buy guns. What are your thoughts on the blog and issues raised? http://dillsconventionalwisdom.blogspot.com

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DNA swab of an arrestee is Constitutional

June 3, 2013

The United States Supreme Court decided today Maryland v. King. The issues presented was whether the police can take a DNA swab of an arrestee even though the arrestee is presumed innocent and the check swab is not supported by probable cause to believe evidence of a crime will be found. The Court held that […]

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Do no plea guilty with hopes of getting a pardon

June 2, 2013

Criminal convictions are permanent. A criminal conviction will always be used against you one way or another. Although a prior misdemeanor theft can be used to enhance the class of a future theft if it is not more than 10 years old it can be used 30 years later to deny you a professional license. […]

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Crime rate drops

May 29, 2013

Maine’s crime drop in every category of crime except robberies and domestic violence. “Drugs remain a key reason for much of the crime in Maine as addicts commit these robberies to feed their habits,” according to Public Safety Commissioner John E. Morris. It is unfortunate the department of corrections and society as a whole is […]

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Heroin use is on the rise

May 28, 2013

It is becoming more difficult and expensive to illegally purchase painkillers. Medications like OxyContin are now designed to form a gel if crushed. This makes the snorting or injecting of OxyContin less likely. The inverse regarding the difficulty in illegally obtain painkillers to abuse is the increased use of heroin. The availability of heroin and […]

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To Testify or Not Testify: That is the Question

May 26, 2013

The high profile murder trial of Jodi Arias captured the attention of the nation.  It had everything- sex, gore, and plenty of drama.  It also highlights a legal issue- whether or not a defendant should testify in their own defense at trial, thus waiving their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  This is a dilemma that […]

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Witnesses and the Fifth

May 21, 2013

This is an interesting report. Most individuals indicate ahead of trial that they will be taking the Fifth. That did not happen here. The court had to determine if the victim’s statements would incriminate him in criminal conduct to allow him to assert the Fifth. Maine law was changed a year or two ago to […]

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Companies that hire individuals with convictions

May 21, 2013

The following employer’s will hire applicants with criminal records (including felonies) as part of a tax credit initiative: 7 -Eleven stores Berlin City Auto Flemish Master Weavers (Sanford) Troiano Waste (So Portland) New England Truck Tire (Sanford) Glidden Roofing Co. (Scarborough) Pilots’ Choice Pizza (Sanford) RC Moore Genest Concrete (Sanford) Dunkin Donuts North Country Tractor […]

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