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Maine District Attorneys

District attorneys (D.A.s) prosecute crimes on behalf of the state within their districts, typically one or more counties. Maine has eight prosecutorial districts. Each includes between one and four counties.

If the D.A. decides the following in a case, the district attorney will file charges:

  • There's enough evidence to file charges
  • Other elements of the crime are established

Some cases go to a grand jury. A grand jury will move to indict the suspect. It will do so if it believes there's probable cause for criminal charges. Criminal cases begin in the DA's office.

The following is an overview of the role of the Maine attorney general. This article also addresses when speaking with the district attorney makes sense. In addition, we offer contact information for Maine's D.A.s.

Speaking With the District Attorney

There may be instances when talking with the D.A.'s office makes sense. But you want to be careful and work with an attorney. Seeking legal advice and legal help from a criminal defense lawyer is always a good idea.

For instance, you may get a plea deal to reduce your sentence or bump you to a lesser charge. Since the D.A. is working to convict you, they'll consider using anything you reveal about your defense strategy against you. Even a tacit admission of guilt could hurt you. Criminal law is a difficult legal landscape to navigate on your own. Contact an attorney for more help. If you're concerned, seek legal representation or legal assistance from a licensed attorney.

Maine Attorney General's Office

The Office of the Maine Attorney General ("A.G.") represents the state. The district attorneys file criminal charges on behalf of the state. They do so within their respective districts. The A.G. is the state's highest-ranking prosecutor. The attorney general is also the state's highest-ranking law enforcement official. The A.G. represents Maine in:

  • Litigation
  • Filing lawsuits on behalf of aggrieved Maine consumers

The A.G.'s office has several divisions, including the following:

Child Protective Division: Handles the state's child protection cases, and includes the training of caseworkers and legal services for the Dept. of Health and Human Service (DHHS)

Child Support Division: Enforces collection and disbursement of child support payments

Health & Human Services Division: Represents the DHHS administers public resources, programs, and compliance with legal standards on public assistance

Investigation Division: Handles investigation of criminal and civil matters, helping other state agencies as needed

Consumer Protection Division: Focuses on enforcing consumer laws, antitrust enforcement oversees public charities and tobacco law enforcement

Maine District Attorneys: Directory

The state of Maine has eight prosecutorial districts. Its own district attorney heads each. Each D.A. has a unique district attorney's office. Click the links below to learn more about your local D.A. or contact their office.

Note: We strive to provide the most current contact and website information for the D.A. offices in this state. But this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

Related Resources

  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) — This nonprofit organization provides access to legal resources for qualifying people who cannot otherwise afford these legal resources. VLP staff attorneys offer free legal representation to qualifying low-income individuals.
  • Maine State Bar Association — This organization can offer a limited number of free referrals for any kind of attorney.
  • Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic — This group is part of the University of Maine School of Law. It provides free legal services to qualifying low-income people.

Facing Criminal Charges? Contact a Maine Defense Attorney

Understand that the Maine district attorney filing criminal charges against you has quite a few resources as they seek a conviction. You should also have a legal professional on your side. Don't go it alone; contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Maine today and get peace of mind. Regardless of whether you are facing any one of these unique types of charges, an attorney can help:

  • A misdemeanor
  • A felony
  • Any other criminal matter, including DUIs, DWIs, OUIs, or domestic violence charges

Contact an attorney today if you're in Portland, Bangor, Augusta, or any other city in the state.

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