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Chris A Nielsen

Criminal defense Attorney at Biddeford, ME

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2004
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2010

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The Nielsen Group
5 Alfred Street., Suite 202
P.O. Box 351
Biddeford, ME, 04005-0351

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very professional & organized law office !!!!
Wow !!! I was very fortunate to have Chris Nielsen & his wonderful staff on my side. I was stopped in York, Me. for a suspected OUI ( 0.10 ). The Nielsen Group was hired and did a fantastic job of getting me thru the process. I was updated often by Chris & his staff on what was happening next. Chris had the OUI charges dropped to a lesser charge. I am very pleased with the outcome & would recommend & the rest of the Nielsen Group to anyone who needs help. J.B.
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Posted by James B. | March 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent professionals
Chris Nielson represented me for a DUI. He ultimately had my charges dropped. He and Joycelyn made the whole process much more understandable and far less stressful. I was impressed with how well Mr Nielson knew my case. I was also made to feel like I was their only client when he arrived in court He didn’t act rushed or bothered. Something he said to me still sticks and it was don’t say sorry to him. I refused the DA’s offer to settle and Said sorry to him. He looked at me and said don’t say that!! It made me feel comfortable knowing he understood what I was Going through.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy with the outcome!
I was charged with DUI and Chris was able to negotiate the charge down to driving to endanger. I was very pleased with his work, and happy I hired him to represent me for this case. Hopefully I will not need any legal help in the future, but if I do I will certainly be contacting him.
Posted by Anne | January 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney!!
A few months ago, I was charged with speeding - 22 mph over the posted speed limit to be exact. I was very embarrassed to be traveling at that rate over the speed limit. I contacted the Nielsen Group. I found the attorneys and the staff to be very professional, very knowledgeable, and non-judgmental. Attorney Nielsen entered his appearance on my behalf with the Violations Bureau, and he requested a hearing. That hearing was held last week. Thankfully, I did not have to appear in person. Attorney Nielsen contacted me after the hearing and reported that the speeding ticket had been "dismissed." Not dropped-down. Not filed. "Dismissed." I am very grateful to the folks at the Nielsen Group. They saved me a huge fine and an enormous amount of lost points on my driving record. If you are looking for a Criminal Defense Attorney, look no further. Contact the Nielsen Group. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Ken | March 13, 2015
Helpful !
Chris took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions and start investigating on my behalf the same day. I work in customer service and understand the importance of honesty, integrity, and trust. Chris and the Nielsen team are A+ in my book.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Excellent Service. Licence Saved
Nielsen represented me exceptionally. No problems at all. Attended many court dates and kept me informed. Great Work!
Posted by J.Z. | October 17, 2014
My Driver's License Was Saved
I had pled guilty to an OAS charge without a lawyer. The next thing I knew I was looking at going Habitual Offender. If I lost my license, I would have lost my profession, which requires a lot of travel. If I don’t have a car, I can’t get around at all. I have a good paying job, and I can’t risk losing it. I had to get help. I found Attorney Chris Nielsen to be honest and thorough in explaining my circumstances to me. He helped me understand all the legal things that I did not really know. Attorney Nielsen went at my case by petitioning the court to withdraw my guilty plea to the OAS. Attorney Nielsen told me that I might lose because the court does not always let people do that. If I ever had a question that he did not have the answer to right away, he took the time to get the answer and actually called me back. He never gave me the run-around. I was very happy and surprised when Attorney Nielsen got the court to withdraw my guilty plea and hear my OAS case again. With Attorney Nielsen’s help, I got a great outcome. My license went off of Habitual Offender, I got my license back, and my life could go on. His knowledge about the law and his honesty with me about my case helped me to trust him. He made his fees reasonable for me so that I could get the legal help I needed. On the whole, I felt that he really cared about me and how my life is affected. I would recommend The Nielsen Group to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2014
Great Outcome to Criminal Speeding
While coming from a wonderful rafting trip i got a Criminal speeding ticket in Maine. The instance itself was scary, as I had no such speeding intentions, and the kind of words I heard from the cop was a nightmare. I could barely manage to drive back home under the pressure of neither over nor under speeding. When I started looking at internet for such cases, I came across horrible stories. I was very upset over the next two days thinking what I have done to deserve this. I knew in the days to come the impact would be felt on my personal life, family life & even my work which is true. While looking for potential lawyers on the internet I came across Nielsen Group & thought of giving it a shot. In the first call I briefly explained the incident to a Nielsen Group associate, following which I talked to Chris Nielsen. That very call reduced my anxiety to a great extent, as Chris knew what he was up against & how would he handle it. During the course of resolution, Chris & team were always available, kept on updating me regularly, and always ears to any information I had. The only time I had to come back to Maine was the final day at court when the resolution was arrived at after a period of exactly 3 months from the date I got the ticket. Finally a much awaited decision, & I am totally satisfied with the outcome of a simple traffic ticket. Value for money, extremely professional services, high availability, readiness to help & recommend always are some of the traits based upon which I would highly recommend Attorney Nielsen to anyone stuck in my kind of or even worse situations. Thanks Nielsen Group & especially Chris.
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Posted by H.B. | May 29, 2014
He made a plan and executed it
I was charged with fishing without a license. I tried to take care of it on my own at first, and then I got confused after Arraignment. I tried to research the law on my own but I could not find the right information I needed. I heard about Attorney Chris Nielsen through a friend. I was able to meet with him promptly, and he came up with a plan of action. He executed the plan of action, and it worked out very well. The charge against me was filed, which is what I wanted to have happen in the first place. My fishing license is very important to me as an avid fisherman, and having the charge filed was important to preserve my professional license for my employment. I would definitely recommend Attorney Nielsen to anyone in need of legal help.
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Posted by R.S. | July 12, 2013
Call Chris Nielsen
To those in need of legal assistance, I would like to offer this testimonial on behalf of Chris Nielsen and his team. Last Aug, during a period of poor judgment, I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. For the first time in my life I was in need of a criminal attorney. I asked an attorney who was a friend for a recommendation. Without a moment's hesitation he suggested Chris Nielsen. Upon first being interviewed, it was clear to me that he was direct and had a great understanding of his area of law. Moreover, he didn't try to "sugarcoat" the possible outcomes. Rather, he only promised his best...I have dealt with professionals my entire life and have never been more impressed. The quality of work performed, by him and his staff, was without flaw. He was readily available and eager to respond to my many calls and always seemed to know exactly what was next. The outcome was a big win for both of us. He protected my career, my reputation, and my honor. Long after the case had been to trial, with a successful completion, he was prompt to respond. A small glitch threatened to cause issues for me, and he solved it expediently...Honor...Integrity...Compassion...and Results...that is what we all need. Call Chris Nielsen!
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Posted by David | June 20, 2013
Highly Recommend
I called Attorney Nielson and was in his office within a couple days discussing my issue. With in 1 week of my first initial visit I was informed what my options were and asked what I would like to have as a punishment. If I had any questions for Attorney Nielsen I was called back that same day with an answer that was fully explained to me. When my court date came Mr. Nielson met me there, explained the proceedings and when I was called up, Attorney Neilson stood up, talked to the judge and we left and I was given what I asked for. If not for Attorney Nielsen, I believe I would have not gotten a fair shake.
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Posted by Joshua | April 25, 2013
100% Reccomend Chris A Nielson!
Best court appointed lawyer I've ever had. Last year I was being charged with THREE class b felonies, along with numerous misdemeanors & Mr. Nielson got all 3 felonies dropped! I ended up doing only 67 days jail time, which beats over 5years any day! Highly reccomended to anyone facing criminal charges.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2009
I fully recomment Attorney Nielsen
I hired Attorney Chris Nielsen in November of 2008 to represent me and challenge a charge of DUI. He laid a solid foundation and preparation for the eventual successful outcome of my case. To call his knowledge of DUI law impressive is an understatement. His confidence and responsiveness put me at ease from day one. I never felt disconnected or in the dark. He answered all my questions in a way that made sense to me; he was candid and thorough in his communications. Given the potential impact a negative result could have had not only on me, but on my family and on my career, I continue to value greatly the fact that I could rely on him and know that he would treat my case as a priority. Other attorneys that I consulted before meeting Attorney Nielson not only were non-responsive, they gave me clear indications that my case would never be a priority to them. I cannot say enough good things about Attorney Nielson, but first and foremost, he will always ensure that his clients know they count.
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Posted by Kristina | January 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run as fast as you can
He lied and said it was a class a felony and charged me for it. then did nothing on the case and charged me 5000.00 refused to discuss a return of my money during covid while I was being evicted and my mother had just died and I was newly sober. A horrible person and lawyer
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010.

Reprimand issued in ME, 2010
updated on 05/30/2014

A reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Chris's comment: “What can I say, sometimes I'm an animal.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Nielsen Group
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Nielsen & Bly
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Student Attorney
  • University of Maine School Of Law
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of James L. Auddifred
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Clerk
  • The New York State Senate
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Clerk
  • Clinton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2000
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  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh
  • 2001


  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Chris
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is knowledgeable, conscientious and a fighter for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris Nielsen is a conscientious attorney who works hard to achieve good outcomes for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a hard working fighter for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Attorney Nielsen for several years as both opposing counsel and a fellow attorney in the criminal defense bar. He is dedicated to his clients and works hard to achieve the best possible outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For knowledgeable and effective representation, call Chris Nielsen!"
Child abuse Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nielsen is a highly skilled defenses attorney who nearly always manages to pull the proverbial rabbit out of his hat at the last minute. He is a highly skilled negotiator as well as a very sharp lawyer concerning constitutional law violations in criminal matters. He has proven himself to succeed where others generally fail when it comes to one to one negotiations with the prosecutor. In addition to his extensive state criminal defense practice, he is exceptionally knowledgable and skilled in the federal defense arena. I find myself seeking his advice and counsel whenever I have a complex federal criminal legal issue to tackle. Attorney Nielsen is a dedicated defender and works to press every legal angle to his clients' advantage. If you are faced with a serious criminal charge, you need a serious criminal lawyer. I happily endorse his skills and qualifications."
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