By Criminal Defense Lawyer Near Me John Webb Serving Portland ME and Saco, ME
As the 4th of July approaches, many revelers will be gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence with a big family get together, a little backyard grilling, and maybe a game of all-American baseball or two – if Covid 19 restrictions are loosened in Maine and elsewhere. But there is a more immediate danger – the misuse of dangerous fireworks in the hands of inexperienced people, and possibly intoxicated people. Thus, it’s best to stay away from other people lighting dangerous fireworks and only watch from a safe distance.
Under Maine Title 9-A, the possession, transportation or storage of fireworks other than sparklers, morning glories and paper or plastic caps without a permit can fetch up to $1000 in fines and a maximum of 6 months in jail, provided the value of the fireworks exceeds $100. If your intent is to sell, you can be fined amounts up to $20,000 and face a 10 year jail sentence (depending on the value of the fireworks). And setting off loud fireworks is one surefire way to attract the unwanted attention of a local police station near me.