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Maine Abortion Laws • Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion in Maine: Abortion is deemed illegal if it is ruled that the procedure was an intentional interruption of a pregnancy through the use of external agents. • Maine's Definition of Legal Abortion: Abortion is deemed legal if the operation is performed before a medical professional rules the fetus to be viable; abortion is deemed legal after viability, only when the medical professional rules the procedure necessary to preserve the life or health of the carrying woman. • Penalties for Unlawful Abortion: Class D Crime: the medical professional is ruled liable if he/she fails to perform required actions. Penalties for these actions include fines up to $1000. Medical professional will also be ruled liable if it can be determined that the individual did not take reasonable steps to preserve the life of the child: the medical professional in this situation may be subject to homicide, manslaughter and/or malpractice liability. Maine Marijuana Laws •Possession: Over 1 lb. creates presumption of trafficking: Class E crime •Sale: Over 1.25 oz. creates presumption of furnishing: Class D crime •Trafficking: Class D crime; Possession of over 1 lb. or over 100 plants: Class C crime; Over 20 lbs. or over 500 plants: Class B crime Maine DWI and DUI Laws •Maine imposes Zero tolerance laws when an individual below the legal ageis suspected to be unlawfully operating a vehicle; within Maine, the Zero Tolerance Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) cannot exceed .02% •The BAC limit for individuals of the legal age may not reach .08% •After receiving a DUI or DWI conviction, the charged individual is subject to losing his/her driving privileges for a minimum of 90 days; additional penalties may be palced on the individual, including severe fines, jail time or mandatory participation in alcohol education courses Maine Gun Laws •Maine is “a shall” issue state for the right to conceal and carry. •The issuing authority is the local police department or local government agency •Permits to carry a concealed firearm is issued within 30 days to applications who have resided in the state for a minimum of five years. These permits must be renewed after 4 years time. •Illegal arms in Maine: Machine guns and armor piercing ammunition •The following may not own a firearm in the state of Maine: Those individuals convicted of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more. Maine Adoption Laws In Maine, individuals deemed as law-abiding citizens who are of sound mind and moral characters are permitted to adopt children: • An individual must maintain residence in the state for a period of no less than 6 months • Children above the age(s) of 14 must express consent with regard to a potential adoption •Within the state of Maine, the Department of Family Services mandates all adoptions Maine Employment and Labor Laws •The minimum wage is 7 dollars and 15 cents Maine Death Penalty Laws •Maine does not practice capital punishment Maine Gambling Laws: •Horse racing wagering is legal •Dog racing wagering is prohibited •Gaming is only permitted on Passamaquoddy tribal lands Contact Maine lawyers for legal advice and assistance.
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  • State Of Maine

    Maine Abortion Laws

    • Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion in Maine: Abortion is deemed illegal if it is ruled that the procedure was an intentional interruption of a pregnancy through the use of external agents.

    • Maine's Definition of Legal Abortion: Abortion is deemed legal if the operation is performed before a medical professional rules the fetus to be viable; abortion is deemed legal after viability, only when the medical professional rules the procedure necessary to preserve the life or health of the carrying woman.

    • Penalties for Unlawful Abortion: Class D Crime: the medical professional is ruled liable if he/she fails to perform required actions. Penalties for these actions include fines up to $1000. Medical professional will also be ruled liable if it can be determined that the individual did not take reasonable steps to preserve the life of the child: the medical professional in this situation may be subject to homicide, manslaughter and/or malpractice liability.

    Maine Marijuana Laws

    • Possession: Over 1 lb. creates presumption of trafficking: Class E crime

    • Sale: Over 1.25 oz. creates presumption of furnishing: Class D crime

    • Trafficking: Class D crime; Possession of over 1 lb. or over 100 plants: Class C crime; Over 20 lbs. or over 500 plants: Class B crime

    Maine DWI and DUI Laws

    • Maine imposes Zero tolerance laws when an individual below the legal age is suspected to be unlawfully operating a vehicle; within Maine, the Zero Tolerance Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) cannot exceed .02%

    • The BAC limit for individuals of the legal age may not reach .08%

    • After receiving a DUI or DWI conviction, the charged individual is subject to losing his/her driving privileges for a minimum of 90 days; additional penalties may be palced on the individual, including severe fines, jail time or mandatory participation in alcohol education courses

    Maine Gun Laws

    • Maine is “a shall” issue state for the right to conceal and carry.

    • The issuing authority is the local police department or local government agency

    • Permits to carry a concealed firearm is issued within 30 days to applications who have resided in the state for a minimum of five years. These permits must be renewed after 4 years time.

    • Illegal arms in Maine: Machine guns and armor piercing ammunition

    • The following may not own a firearm in the state of Maine: Those individuals convicted of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more.

    Maine Adoption Laws

    In Maine, individuals deemed as law-abiding citizens who are of sound mind and moral characters are permitted to adopt children:

    • An individual must maintain residence in the state for a period of no less than 6 months

    • Children above the age(s) of 14 must express consent with regard to a potential adoption

    • Within the state of Maine, the Department of Family Services mandates all adoptions

    Maine Employment and Labor Laws

    • The minimum wage is 7 dollars and 15 cents

    Maine Death Penalty Laws

    • Maine does not practice capital punishment

    Maine Gambling Laws:

    • Horse racing wagering is legal

    • Dog racing wagering is prohibited

    • Gaming is only permitted on Passamaquoddy tribal lands

    Contact Maine lawyers for legal advice and assistance.

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