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Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple Maine Law Blog

Labor Day dangers: Avoid an OUI with these tips

Labor day is almost here, and with it comes plenty of parties and events. Drinking and driving during Labor Day is an ongoing problem in the United States. In fact, Labor Day weekend is included in the deadliest 100 days for drivers.

While Labor Day isn't the deadliest day -- that's a title reserved by the Fourth of July -- there is still a potential for serious accidents. As someone who plans to travel and enjoy your time with friends and family, it's important to know what you can do to help prevent these accidents.

Maine is hard on those who drink and drive in the state

Maine has a very strict approach to penalizing those who operate vehicles while under the influence. If you drive a motor vehicle when you have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, you will be charged with an OUI.

As a result of the blood alcohol content (BAC) test, the Secretary of State can immediately suspend your license. That is why it is vital that you defend yourself immediately. If something was wrong with the test or it was not given correctly, you deserve the right to fight against the charge and license suspension.

A quick primer on your Miranda rights

You have probably heard the whole spiel that occurs when someone is arrested by the police. The officer might grab a card from his or her pocket and start reading, "You have the right to remain silent" and several other statements. These statements are known as your Miranda rights.

There are many points about Miranda rights that some people might not realize. Understanding various aspects might help some individuals who are facing arrest or criminal charges.

HZW Wins 1st Circuit Appeal In Civil Rights Case

The First Circuit denied an appeal today, brought by Mary Kellett in the case of Vladek Filler vs. Mary Kellett, et. al.  Valdek Filler is represented by Tom Hallett, Tim Zerillo and Dave Weyrens of HZW.  Congratulations to Mr. Filler.  The First Circuit opinion can be found by clicking here.

Tim Zerillo Gives Talk to United States Commission on Civil Rights, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and at Maine Homegrown

Last weekend Attorney Zerillo was please to speak at the Maine Homegrown expo, appearing on the Law Panel, and giving his second annual talk on How to Deal With the DEA.  This coming week, Attorney Zerillo is addressing the United States Commission on Civil Rights on the topic of the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill in Maine on June 14th.  He is also speaking at the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seminar on June 15th on the topic of Weeding Your Jury Pool With Jury Questionnaires.

Tom Hallett Wins Motion for New Trial in Aggravated Assault Case

Tom Hallett, Senior Partner at HZW, had a trial last month on charges of Elevated Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault in Portland.  His client was acquitted on the Elevated Aggravated Assault charges, the most serious of the charges, but was found guilty of Aggravated Assault.

Don't let summer vacation strain your custody arrangements

One of the hardest things about getting divorced is often dealing with shared custody of your children. Even if you receive primary custody during the divorce, you will likely be missing your children on weekends or on the holidays when they're with your former spouse. The summer months can be a great time to alleviate some of those issues. Because your children are home from school, you can potentially spend more time with them, as can your ex-spouse. However, even with all of that extra time, it's easy for disagreements about visitation, vacation and holidays to cause a lot of issues during the summer.

Even if you and your former spouse have a very specific visitation and custody arrangement, it's quite common for things to change in the summer. Maybe your former spouse wants to take the kids on an out-of-state vacation for a full week. Perhaps you have a family reunion on a weekend when your former spouse has custody. A lot of different situations could come up that will demand flexibility and compromise from you and your former spouse during summer vacation. Discussing these potential issues as soon as possible is in the best interest of both parents and the children.