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Kristine C. Hanly

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, ME

4.4   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 14 years
    Maine - ME 14 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kristine

Learn Kristine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Specializing in litigation, with acquittals at trial for class A felonies, and positive outcomes for clients at all levels of the criminal justice system.

    14 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Hundreds of clients in Souther Maine have benefited from the personal approach to OUI defense that I apply to my practice.

    14 years

  3. Family

    12 years

  4. Federal crime

    14 years

Kristine is the Managing Partner at Kristine C. Hanly & Associates, a boutique law firm in Portland, Maine specializing in Criminal and OUI Defense, and Family Law.  Kristine and her staff pride themselves on creating custom strategies for every client, and applying their expertise to bring positive outcomes during the most difficult times of their clients' lives.


Prior to focusing on criminal defense, Kristine worked for the Appelete Chief for the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Maine, and in the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. 


Since opening her office, Kristine has leveraged her past experience to provide high quality representation for hundreds of defendants. She ensures that the rights of her clients are upheld through any and all legal proceedings, and that their voices are heard.


In addition to her private practice, Kristine serves as the liason for the Cumberland County adult treatment program, and serves as a retained defense attorney for several local labor groups.


Kristine is joined at Hanly & Associates by attorneys Alison Meyers and Thomas Richard, and paralegal Kristina Joyce. 


Hanly Law, LLC
217 Commercial Street
Suite 205
Portland, ME, 04101

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4.4 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Didn't use, but great experience!
Our case ended up being minor and being thrown out, but since we had never even had so much as a speeding ticket we freaked out and made an appointment with Hanly Law (With Tom). He reassured us that everything would be fine and that he certainly could not take our money to assist us, as our case would most certainly be thrown out (which it was). Some lawyers might have taken advantage of the situation and taken a fee to represent a slam dunk case, but not Hanly. I was very impressed by the integrity of this law office and their ability to calm frayed nerves with solid advice and experience. Very refreshing.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kristine is the best attorney one could hope for
This was my first (and hopefully last) experience with the criminal justice system. Following my arrest, I consulted with a few attorneys regarding my case, and while everyone seemed interested in helping me, I always walked away feeling skeptical. However, my meeting with Kristine was the first where I was treated with any compassion, which was all the more appreciated considering that everything up until then had felt intimidating and dehumanizing. Her natural rapport, intelligence, and professionalism made me confident with my decision to go forward with her. Throughout my case, Kristine displayed expert knowledge and was very communicative in regard to the many requests and reviews of evidence, as well as the scheduling of necessary court dates (she spared me a lot of appearances and legwork). Further, her team was also highly responsive in terms of ensuring I received all the help and attention I needed/wanted. While the case was ultimately resolved satisfactorily (no conviction, and scheduled to be dismissed), I still cannot adequately express my gratitude to Kristine, nor can I recommend her enough. This was an incredibly stressful and difficult experience to go through, but I feel fortunate to have had Kristine fight for me – I don’t know what I would have done, or where I would be, without her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town.
Kristine was the best lawyer I could have asked for. Very compassionate towards my situation and was very good at explaining the process of how the court system works and how it applied to me. I highly recommend her and her staff to anyone in Portland/greater Portland area who needs assistance!
Posted by Jason | July 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and knowledgeable
Kristine took so much time and effort to get it right on my case. She was level headed about decisions and was knowledgeable about what the law really reads. She was able to guide me through my post divorce child legal matters. She was always available and had a wealth of experience to back her statements that ultimately gave me the outcome I was hoping for in my family matter. She met me and other where they were at and worked to come up with reasonable solutions that hadn't been attainable prior to her. She Is absolutely worth retaining and you wont be disappointed with her efforts to help you resolve your legal matters .
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Posted by Gary | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She saved me jail time
I was totally expecting jail time and Kristine got the entire case dismissed! She was also very proactive in refunding the unused portion of my retainer. She is professional and honest. Highly recommended if you are in trouble and need a good lawyer. -Gary-
Posted by Brianna Yates | February 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!!
If you want someone who cares for you and will help you win your case, Kristine is the one. Kristine was so helpful for my oui case and she got it dismissed for me and all I had to do was community service and pay a fine and be good for a whole year which wasn't hard. She cares for your well being and you can talk to her about anything, and I mean anything. She is always there for you, very funny, and very smart. She has worked for the District attorney office so she knows everyone. I would refer her to anybody, she is excellent and same with Allison. Allison was always there to answer all my questions if Kristine was in court that day and she knows a lot as well. I'm very pleased to know them both and I really hope if anyone needs help to contact Kristine and Allison because they're number one. :)
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Posted by Vince | January 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Kristine was a great choice when I needed a lawyer. She is extremely knowledgable , caring, and as professional as it gets. She works hard to get the best possible result for her client. Because of her tenacity she made the wrongs right, and essentially saved my life. She is an ace in my book and recommend her highly for anyone needing council .j
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2015
First offense DUI
I used Ms Hanly as my representative several years ago, primarily due to financial reasons ( she was willing to work with me for payment, and was much more reasonable than lawyers). I was fairly upset and Ms Hanly was kind and supportive. On the down side, we really never discussed my case in length, and I felt that she settles cases rather than argue them. She handled a separate yet integral issue at the same time which was dealt with flawlessly, except for the billing of it, which was never resolved. I would recommend her for simple cases, and if money is an issue. She is very sweet and intelligent.
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Posted by AJ | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incompetent, inexperienced, contradictory, and intimidating
I called this office and negotiated the price, they were did agree to represent me through though court appointment. This is the only positive thing that I can say about them. After I was officially assigned them by the court, I was awarded a Mr. Thomas Richard. This man had practically no experience (graduated in 2015 from some no-name Law School). I had my doubts but decided to give him the opportunity to show its expertise. It was quite disappointing. The guy simply did not know and had to look up several laws and procedures in his phone. I posed a number of substantive questions that my lawyers in the past (have had a total of 10 ever) always knew the answer to but this man just stared at me with a blank expression in his eyes. He even acted like I was being difficult and tried constantly to get me to accept a plea deal so it wouldnt go to trial. I question his motives on this, most likely he just wanted to add something nice to his beginning resume, and the plea deal would have been more favorable to him than me. He was not really nice when I rejected the plea offer, I felt sometimes like I was talking to the DA and not my own attorney. He was aggressive and intimidating. He later denied even trying to get me to accept this offer. He did not know the answer to a lot of my questions so wrote them down on a notepad , so he could later find the answer. During a conversation with him, he contradicted nhimself again and again - kept changing his answer to a particular question. His reports and case analyses are unclear, based on assumptions and illogical conclusions. Half of the report contains a summary of the facts, the rest are quotations of laws that he found online and the inferences are not logical, linear, and quite refutable. During one of the hearings in the trial he met behind closed doors with the judge (outside of my presence) to plead our case. When he returned he told me that the judge was not convinced, and had rejected his arguments. He had therefore substantially lost, although he later stubbornly insisted that someone can not lose a dispositional Conference. I tried switching to Kristine Hanley, at first it seemed that she would agree to this move, but she apparantly bailed out a little later and denied ever wanting to work on my case, Thomas Richard was my lawyer and would continue to be that she said if I wanted continue with the practice. Kristine was downright rude, interrupted me, and refused to substantively discuss my case. Thomas Richard became angry, jumped in between (it was a three way call) and interuppted me repeatedly and thereby raised his voice. Totally unprofessional and probably intended to mask his legal ignorance or errors. Wasted time and effort. If there is any second positive point is that they cooperated to withdraw from the case, so I could get a new lawyer.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Advisory Committee On Rules of Criminal Proceedure
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Hanly Law, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Court Appointed Counsel
  • Maine Commission on indigent Legal Services
  • 2009 - Present
  • Defense Attorney Liason
  • Cumberland County Adult Treatment Court
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Student Associate
  • Cumberland County, Maine, D.A.'S Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Student Assistant
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Colby College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld)
  • Dismissed on Day of Trial
  • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld)
  • Jury Trial: Not Guilty
  • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld)
  • Reduced Penalty
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  • Maine State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • United Way of Greater Portland
  • Community Goal Setting Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Golden Hammer Award for Service
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Law- Visiting Speaker Series
  • Fourth Amendment Protections
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Kristine
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristine is a tireless, caring advocate for all of her clients. I recommend her without hesitation if you are facing the misfortune of a criminal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristine is an excellent lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and works hard for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kristine Hanly. Kristine is a hard-working and zealous advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Kristine C. Hanly
Kristine C. Hanly
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation