The accusation of having committed a crime can be a life-changing event. It is imperative that a criminal defendant understands his or her rights as well as the process by which his or her guilt or innocence will be determined. Both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maine afford important protections to those suspected or accused of criminal activity, and a criminal defense attorney can assure that the client receives the benefit of that protection. Attorney Pattershall represents individuals accused of criminal activity and also during the investigative stages before any formal accusation has been made. He represents clients in cases including operating under the influence (OUI), assault, theft, drug possession, and sex crimes. Certain crimes may also have administrative repercussions; for example an OUI also involves a hearing with the Maine Secretary of State concerning the potential revocation of a driver's license. He assists clients in those proceedings as well.