We are located in the Cumberland County Courthouse at 142 Federal Street in Portland, Maine. The majority of our criminal cases are filed in the Portland Unified Court, formerly known as the Portland Superior Court. However, we also hold office hours 2 days a month in the West Bath Courthouse and 1 day a month in the Bridgton District Court.
We are an office of 47 people and together we offer many decades of experience in criminal law. We handle approximately 15,000 cases per year. We are divided into 4 prosecuting teams each having a combination of Assistant District Attorneys (ADA’s) also called prosecutors and assistants. Each team has a dedicated specialized Assistant District Attorney to handle domestic violence matters.
Blue Team handles all criminal matters for incidents investigated by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, State Fire Marshall, Gorham Police Department, Portland Harbor Master, Maine Forestry Service Scarborough Police Department, South Portland Police Department, and Maine State Police.
Red Team handles all criminal matters for incidents investigated by the Bridgton Police Department, Brunswick Police Department, Cape Elizabeth Police Department, Cumberland Police Department, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Freeport Police Department, Frye Island Police Department, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Marine Patrol Agency, University of Southern Maine Police, Westbrook Police Department, Windham Police Department, and Yarmouth Police Department.
Purple Team handles all criminal matters for incidents investigated by the Portland Police Department, Falmouth Police Department, State of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle, Maine Department of Corrections, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Boston & Maine Railroad Police, and State of Maine Court Marshalls.
Domestic Violence Unit handles misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases. Domestic violence has been called “public enemy number one.” These cases are very sensitive because the perpetrators are often the spouse, former spouse, or significant other of the victim. We established a Domestic Violence Unit in order to give these cases more attention by attorneys and victim assistants who are specially trained and dedicated to handle these cases. The Unit handles 1200 cases per year.
Juvenile Team handles all cases involving offenders who are younger than 18 years old. Because the focus is on rehabilitating the offender all cases are given extensive attention. Each prosecutor works with the defense attorney, the probation department and other agencies involved with the juvenile. We attempt to come up with the best possible plan for the juvenile while considering the victim’s concerns and public safety. Unlike court proceedings involving adults, proceedings involving juveniles are closed to the public except in felony cases or if the juvenile has a certain history. Each ADA handles 250-300 cases each year.
We also administer pre- and post-conviction Diversion Programs for offenders as well as a few public awareness initiatives as the need arises.
All teams of the District Attorney's Office may be reached by 207-871-8384. The receptionists will direct your call to the appropriate person.