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Richard L. Hartley

Criminal defense Attorney at Bangor, ME

4.9   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

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I DEVOTE MY PRACTICE EXCLUSIVELY TO DEFENDING PERSONS ACCUSED OF CRIMES. CALL TODAY 207-618-9828!

Richard L. Hartley was raised in a small cabin on the shores of Sebec Lake in rural Maine.  Home-schooled during the early years, Rick then graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1989.  He went on as only the second student from his high-school to attend Princeton University, graduating with a degree in Russian History.

After living abroad for a time, Rick made the commitment that he would return to Maine to practice law.  Immediately following Law School Rick became the resident prosecutor for Sagadahoc County.  In his tenure as prosecutor, attorney Hartley became intimately familiar with all facets of Maine's criminal justice system.  He acted as legal counsel and conducted legal training for numerous law enforcement agencies.  He also honed his trial skills during hundreds of trials, many before juries.

Since 2002, Rick has dedicated himself entirely to criminal defense.  He has defended clients against charges of murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, robbery embezzlement, drug trafficking, operating under the influence (OUI), operating after revocation (OAR), domestic assault, and a variety of other felony and misdemeanor charges in both state and federal courts.  Rick is a member of the bar of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Maine. 

Committed to criminal defense, attorney Hartley served on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (MACDL). He was elected first as the Vice-President and then the President of MACDL, Maine's voice for it's criminal defense bar.

In 2009, Rick was honored by his selection as Top 100 Trial Lawyer, by the American Trial Lawyers Association - an honor which he as again received for each year since. 

Moreover, In his daily practice as a criminal defense attorney, Rick is a savvy negotiator and a tireless advocate in the courtroom for each and every client. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2019
Client's Choice
2024 2019

Location

Richard L. Hartley
15 Columbia St Ste 301
Bangor, ME, 04401-6355

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2024
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Protection order of abuse
I talked to Mr. Hartley about two weeks ago about a protection order that I had been severed. It was what I thought was short notice. He took me in for a consult and told me what could happen, some things that I didn't want to hear. But he laid it all out to me and he would represent me if I choose to have him. He was right up front on everything nothing hiding. What he would charge if i hired him. and what it would cost if it went to a trial. Well I hired Mr. Hartley the smartest thing I could have done. Well when we went to court he talked to the other party and got the protection order dismissed. I'm very happy for both sides. Mr. Hartley if I ever need someone to represent me again it would you hands down. Great Attorney and I thank you from the bottom of my heart Sir.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2024
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Professional and Effective
Mr. Hartley did an excellent job from start to finish while guiding me through the Judicial process of being charged with a Criminal OUI. He provided a clear and concise outline of the situation as a whole, and possible next steps. He effectively communicated different options and what the implications/outcomes of those options could be. He inspired confidence through his knowledge and actions which instilled trust in my family and I. During the trial itself, he exuded confidence and seemed to be in control of the court room while illustrating his points to the Jurors. I would highly recommend consulting with Mr. Hartley if you have been charged with an OUI.
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Posted by Anshul | January 20, 2024
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Highly Recommended!!
Richard Hartley was fantastic while navigating my unique situation and the case. He is unequivocal with his clients and does not make any false promises. While the case was pending, I went through hell, but Mr Hartley was with me all through it. He worked well with my immigration lawyer, and ultimately, my case was dismissed. I couldn't have asked for anything more. Richard is not just a great lawyer but a wonderful human being. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Krystal | January 17, 2024
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If you want your best chance of winning your case pick Richard L. Hartley!
We were very impressed with how well Mr. Hartley handed our case. He explained what to expect upfront and kept on track the whole way through. We are very pleased with the outcome and would certainly hire him again (but hopefully we won't need to).
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2024
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The Best Lawyer
Mr. Hartley saved my life and was able to have my cases dismissed. If you are in any legal trouble and need a reputable and trustworthy lawyer, Mr. Hartley is the person to go to. I was comforted by him and his assistant all the way through, even when I was panicked and had a million questions. I was told exactly what would happen with no false hopes and even when I was scared not knowing what was going to happen, I at least knew I had the best lawyer in the area to represent me. Mr. Hartley really knows what he is doing and I suggest you hire him right away if you have any hesitation, any price is worth not having a criminal conviction on your record. I would highly recommend his services, very professional and very helpful during a really tough time. Get him on your side right away!
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2023
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Communicative and committed
Rick did an excellent job representing me. He was knowledgeable, and patient with my multitude of questions. He was able to work quickly to resolve the matter much sooner than anticipated- which is wonderful considering the personal and professional impact of the charge. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Chris | May 22, 2023
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Very impressive
Mr Hartley gives it to you straight. He doesn’t get your hopes up with false promises . He knows the law well . I was facing a license suspension and a loss of my business. His knowledge of how the law works has afforded me a second chance . It may not sound like a license suspension would be that devastating but when your livelihood depends on that license a second chance is the greatest gift ever . I’m very grateful for Mr Hartley expertise
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Posted by Kristy | February 8, 2023
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Thank you
Richard Hartley helped me with my case. And can't thank him enough. He lisens and tried his best helping you along the way. As long as I did my part he was fighting on the other end. Thank you is not enough for what you have done.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2022
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Communicative & Helpful
I am very pleased with Mr. Hartley's service. As a non-resident of Maine and someone who never had a run-in with the law before, I was completely lost when I needed help after a theft incident. I contacted Hartley Law after a bit of research, and he walked me through the legal process over the phone and answered all my questions. I felt like I would be in good hands so I decided to hire his services. From the start he made himself available, was prompt with his communications, and answered all my questions (as did his assistant). All the while he handled all communications with the legal/court system and I did not need to return to Maine. While the uncertainty of my case outcome loomed over me, I never once felt uncertainty in Mr. Hartley. I believed he would help me achieve the best resolution possible. And in the end that's what he did - He was able to help resolve my case without any "permanent damage" and I am beyond grateful for that. While others may charge a lower price, I don't think you can put a price on preventing a criminal record, and Mr. Hartley is a great chance at doing just that. I would highly recommend his services!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2022
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Couldn’t have asked for better
I had a great overall experience with Rick. Communication was quick, friendly, and professional. Him and his assistant kept me updated with emails and documents. Lastly, thanks to him, I avoided some pretty serious charges.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Hartley provided me with excellent representation throughout my entire case. He is very straightforward and honest--he won't pressure you to use his services or paint an overly optimistic picture of your situation. He is incredibly thorough both in researching your case and, most importantly, presenting a strong argument in the courtroom. Finally, he is a thoughtful and compassionate man who treats his clients like the people they are. All-in-all, I enthusiastically recommend Mr. Hartley!
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Posted by Ellen | September 14, 2021
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Legal Proficiency
Richard represented and protected my husband from a frivolous allegation resulting in a criminal charge. He was attentive and prepared through every part of the legal process. In the end, the case was dismissed due to "insufficient evidence".
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2021
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Professional Service with a Great Outcome
As a non-resident of Maine in need of defense, I was unsure who to call for help. After reading many reviews, I chose Mr. Hartley. What I can tell you is that his work is top notch; he is honest, professional, and truly put 100% into my case. He took my calls on his cell phone after hours, and he answered and explained any questions I had at anytime. Being from out of state and unfamiliar with the legal system, Mr. Hartley is an asset I could not have been successful without. Billing was exactly what he quoted with no surprises, even after I thought he went above and beyond his quoted level of services. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by Kassie | January 12, 2021
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Best Outcome
Highly recommend Richard Hartley's services. He guided me through my case with clear communication, rigorous examination of evidence and cross examination, and delivered a resolution far better than I had expected. In hiring Richard, I was able to continue my daily life with the assurance he was working with my best interest in mind. He kept me informed every step of the way. I cannot emphasize the peace of mind this provided during an otherwise tumultuous time.
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Posted by Michael | March 19, 2020
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Would Absolutely Recommend
Maintained good communication at every step of my case. His personality is welcoming and his experience is very clear. Richard was very honest about each aspect of my case and readily answered any questions I had. He was able to successfully negotiate the dismissal of my case and I would highly encourage anyone considering Richard, to just go ahead and call his office.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2020
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The very best lawyer
After much time spent researching lawyers in my area, I am so glad I decided on Richard Hartley. He has a great level of expertise of the legal system. He demonstrated compassion and empathy when interacting with me. He explained the process, discussed my options, and gave expert advice so that I trusted him completely. When I had questions he responded in a very timely manner. He always listened to my concerns never making me feel rushed. I could not have handled this matter without him. Thanks to him my case resulted in a dismissal without even appearing in court. I will be forever grateful to him. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing legal help. He is the best and certainly the most knowledgeable.
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Posted by Natalie | November 22, 2019
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Five Star Lawyer
Rick's passion, dedication and professionalism is amazing. Rick goes above and beyond. I will forever be grateful for his help, determination and hard work.
Posted by Julie | November 14, 2019
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Experienced and well prepared law firm
Mr. Hartley is a superb attorney who helped me every step of the way through the difficult OUI process. Attorney Hartley was responsive from the minute I contacted him, he explained the court process and the options available to resolve my case, he kept me well updated through the entire case, he was always available to answer any questions I had and made sure I understood completely. His knowledge of the law is outstanding, as is his understanding of the entire legal process... I will be forever thankful for the wonderful job he did I could not be more pleased with the end result of NOT guilty... His court demeanor and style were professional and impressive. I’m hopeful that I will not need his services again but if I do I would certainly give him a call Likewise I would recommend him to all of my family and friends in need
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Posted by Steve | September 20, 2019
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Excellent
Richard is a very good lawyer and would highly recommend him to anyone. He knows the law and uses it well. He’s very aggressive in the court room and got great results for me. He keeps you informed every step of the way. Definitely the lawyer you want representing you.
Posted by Jordon | September 3, 2019
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Good and professional experience working with Mr. Hartley
Rick was very professional and handled my case very well. He got back to me immediately whenever things changed or he had news for me, I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Bangor area that needs help with a case. He was honest with me from the first consultation about the direction my case could go and our options, and it went exactly as he said it would.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Office of Richard L. Hartley, P.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Billings & Silverstein
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Sagadahoc County District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2002

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Princeton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee
  • President-Elect
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Training
  • Cross Examination
  • 2011
  • Criminal Law Training
  • Plea Negotiations
  • 2011

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