Areas of practice

Family law and divorce lawyers

Divorce in Maine needs a good lawyerDivorce in Maine is a stressful experience. Maine divorce law is complicated, the rules are confusing and the consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating. Having the right Maine divorce lawyer can make the difference between letting the process control the outcome, and using the law to help get the right result for your family.

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Guardian Ad Litems for divorce & child custody

Guardian ad litem explained by Portland attorneyWhen a divorce, parental rights, probate or other case involves kids, the court can appoint a guardian ad litem to advocate for them. Without a GAL, the children have little input on how the resolution of their parent’s case might affect them. Our attorneys have special training to serve as rostered guardians ad litem in Maine courts. It’s no easy job and it’s one we take very seriously. By conducting through, balanced investigations, we help families and judges find resolutions based on what’s in the best interest of the children. Read on to learn more about Maine’s guardian ad litem process, you can use the links below to jump to a section of the article.

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Juvenile criminal defense

A Maine juvenile defense attorney can helpNothing is quite as unnerving for a parent as having their child charged with a crime. In Maine, juveniles charged with crimes, face the possibility of incarceration until age 21 and the potential that a criminal adjudication could follow them for the rest of their life. Children and families dealing with juvenile criminal charges face a sudden and disorienting introduction to world of juvenile community corrections officers, bind over hearings, court procedures and unknown consequences. An experienced juvenile defense attorney will demystify the process, address the concerns of the parent and child, and advocate for a resolution that protects the juvenile’s future.

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Adult criminal defense, state & federal

Criminal defense, RDCPWhen you are charged with violating the law, your future is on the line. Having the right attorney can make the difference between taking control of your case and letting the case control your life. The law is complicated, the process is confusing and the consequences can be serious. At Rioux, Donahue, Chmelecki & Peltier, we handle defense of all criminal and civil violations of law from traffic tickets to homicide.

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