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Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple Maine Law Blog

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.

Attorney General Memo Will Jail More Federal Inmates

Below is the Attorney General's Memo issued this week that will result in a change in the way that federal cases are prosecuted and sentenced.  This not good news for those who believe that the federal criminal justice system is harsh and unforgiving already.  The AG's Memo is attached below.

7 ways to stay safe on your bicycle

Spring is here and summer is soon to follow. That means it's time to dust off your bicycle helmet, oil up the chain and go outside for a bike ride in the fresh air. It also means it's time to review the most important elements of bicycle safety.

Most personal injury lawyers will agree: It's better to be safe than sorry. So many bicyclists are injured each year, and -- even when the accident was the fault of a vehicle driver -- the vast majority of bicycle injuries could have been avoided.