The week ended with excellent outcomes for two of my clients.

The first was a young woman who was charged with Theft in 2010. My client was very young at the time and left Maine without dealing with the allegation. The court ordered an arrest warrant which has been active for half a decade.

Five years later she is in another state finishing a degree program where either a theft conviction or an outstanding warrant will make final certification and licensing impossible. The prosecutor ultimately agreed to a resolution where my client pled guilty to Disorderly Conduct and paid a $100 fine. All this was managed without requiring her to return to Maine at all.

Her career is no longer in jeopardy, she has no Theft conviction, she no longer has to worry about getting arrested and extradited to Maine if she happens to get stopped by the police for something as minor as speeding or an expired sticker.

The second was another young client who was arrested in 2013 on the extremely serious charges of Trafficking in Schedule Drugs and Unlawful Possession of Schedule Drugs. The first is a class B felony, carrying the potential for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

For the past two years she has been working to overcome a heroin addiction. She used that time to get sober, turn her life around, give back to her community, and find employment in a new environment where she is not surrounded by the people and activities that limit her choices to bad ones. 

She walked out of court on Friday with only a misdemeanor drug possession conviction and a fine. Through her hard work she is starting fresh without the anchor of a felony conviction and a prison sentence.

AuthorJonathan Handelman