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State v. Lowden

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine

December 18, 2014

STATE OF MAINE
v.
AARON LOWDEN

Submitted on Briefs: December 1, 2014.

As Corrected April 16, 2015.

Judgment affirmed.

On the briefs: Aaron S. Lowden, appellant Pro se.

Kathryn Loftus Slattery, District Attorney, and Anne Marie Pazar, Esq., Prosecutorial District # 1, Alfred, for appellee State of Maine.

Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, and HJELM, JJ.

OPINION

Page 1135

ALEXANDER, J.

[¶1] Aaron Lowden appeals from a judgment of the Superior Court (York County, Fritzsche, J.) denying his motions for return of bail. Lowden argues that the court erred in failing to return the $500 bail he posted concurrently in two criminal matters because the charges against him were dismissed. Because, in a later criminal matter, the trial court found Lowden partially indigent and ordered that the $500 be applied to any attorney fees his court-assigned attorney earned, and because Lowden received the assistance of that attorney, we affirm.

I. CASE HISTORY

[¶2] During January of 2012, Lowden was charged with two counts of violating a condition of release (Class E), 15 M.R.S. § 1092(1)(A) (2013), and one count of refusing to sign a criminal summons (Class E), 17-A M.R.S. § 15-A(1) (2013), by two complaints in District Court (Springvale). He posted $500 cash bail concurrently in those matters, and moved for and was assigned an attorney after the court found him indigent.

[¶3] While released on bail, Lowden was arrested and later indicted on one count of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs (Class A), 17-A M.R.S. § 1105-A(1)(B)(1) (2013) in the Superior Court (York County). Lowden transferred his misdemeanor charges to the Superior Court.

[¶4] Lowden moved for an assignment of counsel in the aggravated ...


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