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William T. Bly

William T. Bly

We help good people in bad situations avoid serious criminal consequences.
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  • Maine
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Biography

Prior to going back to college at the age of 27, I was a member of the US Army and served in Korea, Saudi Arabia and Ft. Banning, GA as a Cavalry Scout (19D). During my time in service I made my way up through the enlisted ranks and eventually applied to OCA where I was accepted and began officer training. Unfortunately, due a serious injury sustained prior to the final phase of the course, I was unable to complete my training and eventually left the US Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge for my service to this country.

Since the day I graduated law school, I have exclusively practiced criminal defense. In addition, to my years of trial experience and training, I am a graduate of the Spence Trial Lawyer College (2016), which is 23 day intensive trial practice course taught in Dubois, Wyoming. Following my graduation from the Trial College, I attended and completed the Grad 1 program from the Spence Trial College in 2017 where I worked on more advanced trial advocacy skills.

I enjoy fly fishing and skiing and can be found on most of my days off pursuing one or the other of my passions within the state of Maine and across the country.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Juvenile Law
    White Collar Crime
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    DUI & DWI
Additional Practice Areas
  • OUI Defense
  • OUI Accident
  • OUI Child Endangerment
  • OUI Injury
  • OUI Commercial Driver's License
  • OUI Felonies
  • Drugged Driving
  • Juvenile OUI
  • Boating Under the Influence
  • Title IX Sexual Harassment
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Battery
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Pornograpy
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape Defense
  • Statutory Rape
  • Theft Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Shoplifting
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Unauthorized Taking or Transfer
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat fees for most misdemeanors. All state felony and all federal misdemeanor and felony charges are billed by the hour and on a retainer basis. Fees range from $1,500 to $100,000, depending on the nature and complexity of the case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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New Hampshire
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney and managing partner
WTB LAW
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Attorney William Bly specializes in criminal defense with a special emphasis on drunk driving defense. Attorney Bly's practice is solely devoted to defending people accused committing crimes. Attorney Bly's practice is devoted exclusively to criminal defense. WTB LAW is one of the very few law firms that practices criminal defense to the exclusion of all other areas of law. WTB LAW's attorneys practice statewide and handle all areas of criminal defense, including serious state felonies such as murder, manslaughter, arson, gross sexual assault and drug crimes. In addition, the attorneys of WTB LAW practice before the federal courts in both Bangor and Portland on all serious felony charges, which include drug trafficking, financial crimes and child pornography cases. Attorney Bly attends numerous professional education courses throughout the year. He is certified as an Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician by the US Department of Transportation, a Field Sobriety Instructor and Practitioner as recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense. Attorney Bly has personally handled numerous criminal cases including arson, manslaughter, aggravated assault, aggravated OUI, robbery, burglary, OUI, DUI/DWI, assault, domestic violence, drug trafficking cases in both state and federal court, federal financial crimes, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and many, many other criminal cases. Attorney Bly has been recognized by both his peers and former clients as the best in his field. New England Super Lawyers rated Attorney Bly as a Rising Star in his field from 2012-2015. Attorney Bly has developed a reputation as a hard nosed trial attorney. Whether the case is resolved by trial or negotiation, Attorney Bly will work tirelessly to resolve his clients' cases in a professionally aggressive manner.
Education
University of Maine - School of Law
J.D. (2004)
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Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
B.S. | Political Science
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Honors: Graduated with high honors. Member of Phi Beta Kapa.
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Awards
Rising Star
New England Super Lawyers
Selected as a Rising Star in DUI Defense from 2011-2015.
Best of Portland 2010
The Portland Phoenix
Professional Associations
Maine State Bar  # 009776
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New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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New Hampshire Bar Association
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National College of DUI Defense
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American Trial Lawyers Association
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Maine Trial Lawyers Association
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National Association of Criminal Defense
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Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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York County Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases
Aspartore
The DWI Survival Guide: Demystifying the Process
Self
Speaking Engagements
DUIDLA Spring Seminar 2018, Sunny Isles, FL
DUIDLA
Presenting on the topic of "Discovering Your Client's Story".
Websites & Blogs
Website
Maine Criminal Defense Attorney's Website
Blog
Maine Criminal Law Blog
Blog
Reasons why you should hire a criminal defense lawyer in Maine
Blog
Rise in Sobriety Checkpoints & OUI Charges in Maine
Blog
OUI Consequences Beyond the Fines, License Suspension and Jail Time in Maine
Blog
How Long Does an OUI stay on Your Record in Maine?
Blog
The Court Process for an OUI in Maine
Blog
How to Get Out of an OUI in Maine
Blog
Penalties for Underage Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving in Maine
Blog
What is considered a Felony OUI in Maine?
Blog
Out-of-state Protection from Abuse Orders in Maine
Blog
Understanding the Habitual Offender Revocation Law in Maine
Blog
Bail Violations in Maine and Your Rights to Bail
Videos
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0PGLLhHQk If you have been accused of a sex crime, you may have a lot of questions. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with... Accused of a Sex Crime? - Portland Sex Crime Lawyer

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0PGLLhHQk If you have been accused of a sex crime, you may have a lot of questions. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with...

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL9P0Lrzulo If you are were recently arrested for OUI, you probably have a lot of questions an concerns. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation... Arrested for Operating Under the Influence in Maine

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL9P0Lrzulo If you are were recently arrested for OUI, you probably have a lot of questions an concerns. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation...

The penalties that result from a sexual assault or sex crime conviction are often severe and can affect a convicted offender for the rest of their life. Even an allegation of a sex crime can tarnish an individual’s reputation and lead to the stigma of being a “sex offender” to follow them around indefinitely-even if they are eventually cleared of the charges. The best way to make sure you get good results in your sex crime case is to hire a sex crime defense lawyer to represent you. Can I represent myself for a sexual offense charge?

The penalties that result from a sexual assault or sex crime conviction are often severe and can affect a convicted offender for the rest of their life. Even an allegation of a sex crime can tarnish an individual’s reputation and lead to the stigma of being a “sex offender” to follow them around indefinitely-even if they are eventually cleared of the charges. The best way to make sure you get good results in your sex crime case is to hire a sex crime defense lawyer to represent you.

If you were recently arrested for Operating Under the Influence, you need to be informed about all the possible consequences. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation... Concerns about OUI charges - Biddeford OUI Attorney

If you were recently arrested for Operating Under the Influence, you need to be informed about all the possible consequences. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation...

Have you been charged with domestic violence? The Maine Criminal Defense Group's Attorney Bill Bly discusses the three most important things you need to know and understand. Contact us to... Have You Been Charged with Domestic Violence? - Portland Domestic Violence Attorney

Have you been charged with domestic violence? The Maine Criminal Defense Group's Attorney Bill Bly discusses the three most important things you need to know and understand. Contact us to...

If you have been charged with assault, theft, drug possession or any other type of crimee, you have come to the right place. We provide professional and aggressive criminal defense... Have you been wrongly accused of a crime? - South Portland Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with assault, theft, drug possession or any other type of crimee, you have come to the right place. We provide professional and aggressive criminal defense...

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjw7vkUUNE Domestic violence is a serious crime. If you were charged with this and have been bailed out, we can help with the next steps. Contact The Maine... I've Been Bailed Out for Domestic Violence. Now What? - Portland Domestic Violence Lawyer

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjw7vkUUNE Domestic violence is a serious crime. If you were charged with this and have been bailed out, we can help with the next steps. Contact The Maine...

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjw7vkUUNE If you've been charged with domestic violence, you may a lot of questions. Contact our Biddeford domestic violence attorneys to get started. Don't go through this process... What Happens After a Domestic Violence Charge? - Biddeford Domestic Violence Lawyers

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjw7vkUUNE If you've been charged with domestic violence, you may a lot of questions. Contact our Biddeford domestic violence attorneys to get started. Don't go through this process...

Regardless of the circumstances that have led to your arrest for a drug crime, you have the right to be treated fairly and with respect by the police. You must always keep in mind that anything you say can be used against you in court, and you should not be intimidated into answering questions. The experienced drug crime defense attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group know the best ways to defend drug crimes. What is the typical sentence for drug possession, trafficking or distribution in Maine?

Regardless of the circumstances that have led to your arrest for a drug crime, you have the right to be treated fairly and with respect by the police. You must always keep in mind that anything you say can be used against you in court, and you should not be intimidated into answering questions. The experienced drug crime defense attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group know the best ways to defend drug crimes.

If you have been accused of a sex crime, you must have a lot of concerns. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with a Portland criminal... What to do if you been accused of a sex crime? - Portland Sex Offender Attorney

If you have been accused of a sex crime, you must have a lot of concerns. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with a Portland criminal...

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL9P0Lrzulo If you were arrested recently and are facing OUI charges, you need to be informed. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with a... What's next after a OUI arrest? - Portland OUI Attorney

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL9P0Lrzulo If you were arrested recently and are facing OUI charges, you need to be informed. Contact The Maine Criminal Defense Group to schedule a consultation with a...

A conviction could cost you up to $7,000, so it is important that you do everything in your power to get the charges against you dropped. Our experienced Maine OUI / DUI attorneys can help you deal with all the consequences effectively. Look through the information below to learn more. If you’ve been arrested for an OUI / DUI charge, there is important information that you need to know. Foremost; you should never plead guilty to an OUI / DUI. Why you shold never plead guilty to an OUI / DUI

A conviction could cost you up to $7,000, so it is important that you do everything in your power to get the charges against you dropped. Our experienced Maine OUI / DUI attorneys can help you deal with all the consequences effectively. Look through the information below to learn more. If you’ve been arrested for an OUI / DUI charge, there is important information that you need to know. Foremost; you should never plead guilty to an OUI / DUI.

Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. At my second arraignment, can I ask for a court appointed lawyer if I was not offered one at the first arraignment?
A: I'm not sure why you're having a second arraignment as you should only be arraigned once. The purpose of an arraignment is to be apprised of the nature of the charges by the court, at which time you enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you're not facing a risk of jail (the DA indicates at the arraignment if there is a risk of jail in your case), you are not constitutionally entitled to a court appointed attorney. In order to qualify for a court appointed attorney, you must meet certain criteria, which includes financial criteria AND the fact that you're facing a risk of jail, which you're not in your case. With all of that said, you can ask to speak with the Lawyer of the Day (LOD), who is there solely to assist members of the public during the arraignment proceedings, and ask that he speak with the DA on your behalf. Perhaps the LOD can get the charges dropped. If not, you'll have to either represent yourself at future court proceedings or retain an attorney. ... Read More
Q. I'm looking for a lawyer to appear in court for me tomorrow at 830 in machias maine for an oui. Any suggestions?
A: Asking someone to appear for you and looking for suggestions sounds like you're shooting in the dark. And this is a last minute "ask". My suggestion is that you make serious inquiries about retaining the best attorney that you can, and if that person can appear for you, that's a bonus. If you can't find someone that meets that criteria, perhaps appear on your own and plead "NOT GUILTY". That will give you some time to retain a qualified attorney, as opposed to hiring someone out of desperation, with no direction. Feel free to call us if you're interested.

WTB
Q. How long does a felony 1st appearance in Maine take? Do you have to wait until everyone's done before leaving?
A: That is correct. You might be waiting for a long time for the judge to call your name. FYI, if you're seeking representation for a criminal charge, and it sounds like it's a felony, please consider calling my office to setup a consultation. Thanks and good luck.
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Contact & Map
The Maine Criminal Defense Group
Kennebunk, ME Office
119 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Telephone: (207) 571-8146
Fax: (207) 571-8162
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: We understand that getting charged with a crime is incredibly stressful and as such, we do our best to meet our clients' needs, which includes meeting with people after hours, on weekends, and via Zoom. Our flexibility = reduced stress for you the client
The Maine Criminal Defense Group
Portland, ME Office
19 Commercial St
2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 602-1675
Notice: Meetings at this location are by appointment only.
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