Like many people in Maine, we were unaccustomed to defending ourselves from allegations of wrongdoing by others. Faced with the threat of civil action, we relied on Mr. Smith for advice. Our meeting with him provided comfort and direction. Whenever we had questions, he was rapidly responsive. Most importantly, his guidance led to an acceptable conclusion that avoided court or overly extended uncertainty. We highly recommend him for his assistance in civil disputes.

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I am incredibly pleased I hired Steve Smith and Jack Baldacci to help with an unscrupulous builder. They went above and beyond to make sure A) the contractor finished the job they were paid to do and B) to prevent them from doing the same thing to anyone in the future. I highly recommend them.


I’ve hired Steve for two cases and I am very pleased with my decision. He fights for his clients and strives for the best outcome. His entire staff is pleasant and wonderful to work with.


I hired Steve for a parental rights case involving my 2 children. He was aggressive but supportive and did not file unnecessary motions that wasted my retainer. I was terrified of court but with his experience, I felt at ease. The process was explained and his staff was great as well. I would hire him again if needed and received a great outcome with an order that works for me and my children.

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I wish I had retained him sooner, his help has been immeasurable.


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Maine Endangered Species Litigation Lawyers

Maine Endangered Species Litigation Lawyers

Maine Endangered Species Litigation Lawyers

To protect species that are threatened with extinction, our federal government has adopted strict laws related to the purchase, sale, hunting (taking), and possession of certain endangered animals. Violating these laws, namely the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act, can result in serious charges.

Serious Federal Charges Require An Aggressive Defense

Being charged with a violation of federal endangered species law is a very serious situation, one that absolutely requires the assistance of a lawyer who has experience in successfully defending these types of allegations. It is also important to recognize that in order to litigate a federal endangered animal case, your lawyer must be licensed to practice in federal court.

Attorney Steve Smith is among a very limited number of lawyers who have defended clients against criminal Endangered Species Act violations in federal court. He served as lead counsel for the defense in a historic trial involving the importation of Narwhal whale tusks. The case involved allegations spanning several years and multiple states as well as Canada, which allowed Steve to develop a comprehensive knowledge of endangered species laws, including The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). He also has extensive experience dealing first-hand with the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division.

Understanding Endangered Animal Crimes

At a state level, hunting or accidentally harming an endangered species is generally charged as a misdemeanor and payable by a fine. You may also suffer other penalties like a suspension of your hunting license. Our lawyers will be able to help get these charges dropped or reduced.

At a federal level, charges often involve selling, buying, or transporting endangered animals for commerce or across state borders. Possessing an animal belonging to an endangered species can also be a federal crime even if you did not transport the animal into or out of the state, because it is likely that interstate commerce was in some way implicated.

These charges can carry serious penalties. The penalty for killing an endangered animal is up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine. Very few federal violations of the Endangered Species Act result in a fine under $10,000, with the minimum fine in most cases ranging from $12,000 to $25,000. This is not a situation where it makes sense to roll the dice. It is critical you have an effective defense attorney with experience defending these types of allegations so that you can avoid prison time and massive fines.

Contact STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers

Charges under federal endangered species laws should never be taken lightly. It is vital for your future to have aggressive criminal defense attorneys at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers defend you. We have extensive experience and are ready to go to battle to get your charges dropped and to keep you out of jail. Contact STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers today to schedule a consultation.

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