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J. Christopher Llinas

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, CT

5.0   39 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 6 years
    Maryland - MD 9 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2007. Returned to good standing in 2014

This lawyer returned to good standing in 2014. See details

About J. Christopher

Learn J. Christopher’s areas of practice.

TROUBLE WITH THE LAW? GIVE ME A CALL. I DO CRIMINAL, DUI, TRAFFIC, AND IMMIGRATION REMOVAL DEFENSE, AT BOTH TRIAL AND ON APPEAL, IN BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS.

J. Christopher ("Chris") Llinas graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) in 1997, clerked from Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and, over the years, has worked as a legal aid lawyer, public defender, state's attorney, in-house corporate counsel, and private criminal defense attorney. With over 25 years of experience in the courtroom and boardroom, and over 80 jury trials and 30 appeals under his belt, Chris has established a strong and successful track record of experience before the DMV, trial courts, and appellate courts, first in Maryland and now in Connecticut. As well, since moving to Connectictut in 2017, Chris has established himself as a strong advocate in the realm of "crimmigration," where criminal law and immigration law intersect, defending immigrants in criminal and DUI matters in both state and federal courts, and also in removal matters before the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the US Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits in Boston and New York City.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2016
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2016

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Location

J. Christopher Llinas
553 Portland-Cobalt Road, Unit 2 P.O Box 938
Portland, CT, 06480

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Frederick | May 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
Chris Llinas, Attorney at Law, is one of the best Attorneys in our experience with Business, Personal and Criminal Cases. He is sharp, very well informed, punctual, and well connected. He commands a fluid and effective understanding of the Judicial process. Chris wasted no time interviewing the witnesses and securing the nessesary documentation. Highly Professional, he rapidly gained a handle on the shifting dynamics of the case. Chris took the initiative to investigate the plaintiff and track their whereabouts to the advantage of our defence. We were kept informed at every stage of the process. He cheerfully made appearance after appearance untill we prevailed. He possesses a presence of mind coupled with an affable personality producing a winning combination. His grasp of the Law is extensive, yet his easygoing manner is disarming to adversaries. Chris demonstrated determination and thoroughness in leaving no stone unturned in pursuing a very favorable outcome in our case. We could not be more satisfied and frankly, we are not easy to please. His attention to detail and persistance were second to none. His brightest quality is his ability to negotiate the legal process along with the diverse personalities in Criminal Justice. He is a rare breed; A lawyer you can trust. In a highly competitive field he represents true value. We highly recommend Chris Llinas if you, or someone you know, has serious charges on the Eastern Shore. What impressed us most about Chris is his genuine integrity. He is an outstanding Attorney and we're glad we retained him.
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Posted by Kelly | August 23, 2016
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Professional and Results Driven Attorney
I hired Chris Llinas for a case and was extremely impressed with how caring and thorough he was. Every possibility of outcome was explained and he truly went to bat as my advocate. He is very knowledgable and professional and I was very pleased with the results he achieved. I highly recommend Mr. Llinas!
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful and communcative
He was very helpful and answered all questions quickly. He was knowledgeable and kept me calm through the process.
Posted by Mason | April 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Not only a great lawyer but a genuinely amazing guy!
If i could give more than 5 stars i almost definitely would! Chris is the most amazing lawyer to hire for so many different cases! He’s genuine, trustworthy and will be nothing but honest with you!
Posted by Steve | March 27, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Chris Llinas Knows the Law
Chris delivers a straightforward approach and is sincere in his explanations of the law, and what to expect. His communication style is exceptional and timely, and he is easily approachable. We hired Chris because of his in-depth knowledge of how the courts operate and how the justice system connects. His caring style and many 5-Star reviews got our attention. Thank you, Chris.
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Posted by Sarah | February 12, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Chris took the time to help us
WE didn't to know where to start. Chris summarized our situation, and found referrals for appropriate advice. We were able to review referrals, contact and hire in the space os half a day. Thanks you Chris for your help.
Posted by Sean | January 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend Understanding, Knowledgeable, Efficient
I would highly recommend Atty Llinas! I hired Atty Llinas based on online reviews and made a great choice. He is kind and very concerned with helping you deal with your situation as a person, then knowledgeable about the circumstances and law, provides excellent and accurate advice, and is very efficient and timely with follow-ups and follow-throughs. I found he was very willing to listen to your thoughts as his client and pursue the best outcome for you based on your situation. He's a very good and capable attorney and easy to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2024
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Heavy Haul Director
Chris was very informative and responsive in handling a citation our company received in Connecticut. Chris had the case dismissed.
Posted by Kye | December 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Getting rid of legal issues from my past.
I randomly found Chris and am glad to have gotten lucky speaking to him early in my search for representation. Truly happy with his work and just overall a cool guy on top of it. Not that I plan on trouble, but I definitely know who I can call. Thank you
Posted by Gladis | November 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding !!!
Lawyer Christopher Llinas gave me great advice, stayed on top of my case , explained everything very clearly to me, and even dealt with me well when I got emotional.
Posted by Daniel | November 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Excellent service. Always available to answer questions and help! Helpful all around.
Posted by Frank | October 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Empowered
I was in limbo between two bureaucracies USCIS and CT DMV. My permanent resident alien card expired and my driver's license was up for renewal. The DMV refused to renew my license due to status of the alien card. Although I presented them the expiry extension letter they still refused. After a few weeks of contacting both agencies via web and phone connections, I gave up. I then called Attorney Llinas and explained my situation to a representative. The next day I called again and spoke to him. I thought he was in his office but he was home getting his dogs back in from outside whilst trying to get to court. I was amazed that he actively listened to my situation, empathized with my frustrations and offered solutions. This brief encounter gave me the hope and my confidence back. Once I was informed Attorney Llinas would accept my case, I hired him without hesitation. Within a time frame of 4 business days. I was back at DMV with a renewed driver license. In conclusion ,without his representation I would have suffered financially and personally. It is with the deepest sincerity and confidence in recommending Attorney Llinas and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2023
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If you need help, don't look anymore. This is the guy. ........................................... ....
Posted by Middletown, CT | August 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced, trustworthy, personable
I liked Chris right off the bat during the initial consultation phone call regarding a DUI case. He spent time asking for all details and then patiently explained the court process, his defensive plan, and his confidence in getting a positive outcome for the case. Chris sounded very personable, experienced, and trustworthy. I hired him immediately right on the phone without even stepping foot in his office. While waiting for the court date to come, Chris and his staff kept me well-informed and up to date. Chris personally checked on me from time to time through emails and text messages, and was very prompt in responding to my queries, even at off-hours or on weekends. I was put at ease with his supportive manner and his confidence and encouraging words during this time. Chris took care of business on my court date. He successfully obtained the expected outcome for me. Thank you Chris!
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2023
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Stephanie R.
Very professional, great quality service, always there to support, great help, felt very comfortable, great lawyer over all
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in the US for major states territory
I am writing today to express my gratitude to the law office of J Christopher Llinas for him and his team for helping me get a pardon for Connecticut states and also having the USCIS approved me for citizenship. I can't thank you enough. You earn my respect and integrity. In the legal industry we need more attorneys like you that is smart, passionate, resourceful, resilient and compassionate. Once again thank you for getting my life on track again
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Posted by Garfield | May 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfying job by Chris
Great job Chris, thank again for your service you are excellent in what you do as my lawyer.
Posted by Trey | May 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend chris as a defensive lawyer
Chris is an amazing lawyer. He works,hard to makexthing east for you to accomplish what is need to be done.. he is always near his,phone to answer if there is a problem. He works hard on every case to find a solution. I recommend chris to represent you. .
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
JN
Attorney Llinus is excellent, instrumental in resolving multiple cases. highly recommend!
Posted by John | April 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant
Working with Mr Llinas is like having a brilliant attorney in your family ..... personable responsive and incredibly sharp Chris seeks and achieves excellent practical results. I'd venture to say in his areas of expertise you'll be lucky to find a lawyer this talented. Very Respectfully, John S
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Resume

AVVO RATING 5.9 (Average)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer returned to good standing in 2014.

Reinstated from Disbarment issued in MD, 2014
updated on 09/27/2016

After being disbarred, a former attorney may apply for reinstatement. He or she must comply with all readmission requirements from the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland.

Disbarment by Consent issued in MD, 2007
updated on 07/05/2016

This means the attorney agreed to the charge of disbarment in order to avoid a formal hearing. "Disbarment" is the most serious penalty for a lawyer.

J. Christopher's comment: “Practiced criminal, DUI, and appellate law from 1999-2006, worked in a corporate setting from 2006-2014, and earned reinstatement to the Bar in 2014. If you want to know the story behind what happened, feel free to ask. I am a far better lawyer for the experience.”

Work Experience

  • Owner/Lead Attorney
  • Llinas Law Immigration & Criminal Defense
  • 2017 - Present
  • Solo Practitioner
  • J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Royal Plus Inc.
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Solo Practitioner
  • J. Christopher Llinas, P.A.
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Professor
  • Salisbury University
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Worcester County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Maryland Office Of The Public Defender
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Legal Aid Attorney
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Clerk to Justice Leigh Saufley
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Salisbury University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Al Amiri v. Rosen, 953 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2021)
  • Immigration Court and BIA decisions denying asylum claim vacated; Case remanded for further proceedings

Associations

  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Connecticut Chapter)
  • Chair, DMV Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New England Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Admitted to the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) otherwise known as the Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Admitted to United States District Court for District of Connecticut
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Connecticut State Delegate
  • 2018 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Connecticut Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Budget Committee Member
  • N/A
  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse J. Christopher
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For years I have known Chris, who is a very knowledgable and able advocate. He also has an infectiously positive spirit, which clearly helps his both in and out of court. I recommend Chris's services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is one of the more intelligent and thoughtful criminal defense attorneys in our community. His experience doing appellate work complements his criminal defense practice by keeping him abreast of the latest developments in the law. He always goes the extra mile for his clients and gets solid results for them."
Administrative law Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris provides strong case analysis for his clients involving both case law and statute defenses that give them a strong advocate in their corner."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Portland Criminal defense Lawyer J. Christopher Llinas
J. Christopher Llinas
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, CT
Licensed for 9 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer returned to good standing in 2014. See details