Yes, you need pre-approval from the Diversion and Rehabilitation staff in the District Attorney's Office for your community service hours.
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We accept payments of cash and by money order.
You can pay your supervision fee in person with cash or money order. You can mail a money order payment to:Cumberland County District Attorney Office Attn. Payments 142 Federal St.Portland, ME 04101
You can pay your restitution in person with cash or money order. You can mail a money order payment to:Cumberland County District Attorney Office Attn. Payments 142 Federal St.Portland, ME 04101
You can complete your community service work with any nonprofit organization (church, soup kitchen, food pantry, town office, etc.) that does not require you to have direct contact or supervision with children. You may not do your community service work with an online agency. For examples, please view the following document.
Visit the Shoplifters Alternative Program website listed below and use code number 3023.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you should request a registration form from the program at 1-800-848-9595.
You will need to complete the registration and mail it to the program. The program will mail you the course booklet and test.
If you are charged with a new crime, you must report in writing (email is acceptable ) any new charges to: Cumberland County District Attorney Office Diversion Clerk for the Diversion and Rehabilitative Program 142 Federal St. Portland, ME 04101. If you were represented by an attorney, you must also notify your attorney.
The police agency involved in the new crime will provide a copy of the report to the coordinator who will then provide it to the Assistant District Attorney working the case.
If the new case is charged, then the coordinator will complete a Motion to Terminate the Deferment and the court will issue a new court date. On that court date, the judge will hear from both parties and make a decision on the motion which may include a finding that there was a breach of the contract and an imposition of sentence on the case.
You should contact the Diversion Clerk, Katherine Ellis.
Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office
142 Federal Street
Portland, ME 04101
Court dates are assigned by the judge and only a judge can continue a case. Any requests for a change of court date must be filed in writing with the court.