Richard S. Berne’s 42 years of legal experience form the cornerstone of the criminal defense and civil litigation practice of his Portland, Maine law firm. The Law Office of Richard S. Berne is uniquely qualified to effectively represent criminal defendants in a wide range of white collar and criminal defense cases and plaintiffs in civil litigation in State and Federal Courts in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. No matter the setting, we effectively communicate to each client the intricate details surrounding criminal investigative and prosecution procedures, the judicial process and the choices available, and bring to bear our considerable insight and judgment in recommending the best possible resolution. First and foremost the Law Office of Richard S. Berne seeks to resolve cases without prosecution. Alternatively, we bring our decades of experience to bear in reaching fair and reasonable resolutions often without serious felony convictions or incarceration. However, if necessary, we are well equipped to vigorously represent clients at trial in federal or state criminal courts. Richard Berne has handled a variety of cases in State and Federal courts including (but not limited to) drug crimes, fraud defense, embezzlement, larceny, assault, OUI, traffic violations, felony possession of a firearm, burglary, kidnapping, manslaughter, criminal threatening, protection order violations, habitual offender crimes, and more.