Providing Mainers superior
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Excellence in Criminal, OUI and Family Law

We understand that being involved in a legal proceeding is a life-changing event. We make it our mission to support you throughout the entire process. Our goal is to provide superior representation to our clients at an affordable price. We will bring all of our legal talents and experience to bear in our efforts to resolve your matter. Our clients appreciate our consistent efforts to keep them informed through timely communication.

Whether you are charged with a crime or find yourself involved in a family dispute, you can rest assured that your matter will be handled with the utmost dedication and professionalism. No matter is too large or too small for our talented and compassionate team. Don't just take our word for it, come in and meet with us. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients. We look forward to helping you as we have done for hundreds of other Mainers!

  • ATTORNEY Statement
    Kristine C. Hanly
    Managing Partner
    I take great pride in ensuring that the constitutional rights of Mainers are upheld, and embrace the challenges associated with building a custom defense strategy for every client.
    Alison Thompson
    Senior Counsel
    There is no substitute for diligent preparation and thorough research in any case. Serving as an unwavering advocate for my clients through both criminal and family proceedings is an honor.

    No matter how big or small, criminal charges demand lawyers who gets results. We take pride in minimizing the impact to our clients.

    • Property Charges
    • Weapon and Drug Charges
    • Assault and Personal Charges

    Maine has extremely strict Operating Under the Influence (OUI) laws. OUIs (DUI/DWI) are a crime, and demand an experienced defense team.

    • Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    • License Reinstatement
    • Criminal Representation

    Family cases can be stressful and emotionally charged situations. We support you with compassionate and effective representation.

    • Divorce and Mediation
    • Custody Litigation
    • Protection Orders
Managing Partner
Since founding her practice in 2009, Kristine has leveraged her experience in criminal law to provide high quality representation for hundreds of clients. Kristine's experience includes the Office of the Appelete Chief for the United States Attorney in the District of Maine, and the Cumberland County DA's Office.

Kristine and her team ensure that the rights of her clients are upheld through all legal proceedings, and that their voices are heard. In 2016 Kristine was appointed as one of seven private attorneys to the Advisory Committee on Rules and Criminal Procedure for the Maine Law Court, Maine's highest court.

    Legal Experience

    Kristine has been practicing criminal law for the entirety of her career. She handles a range of cases; from DUI/OUI and misdemeanor charges to serious felonies. Whatever the charge, Kristine relishes the challenge of preparing a defense for all cases.

    From negotiating with Prosecutors before charges are filed, to finding pre-trial resolutions, or ultimately winning an acquittal at jury trial, Kristine has the experience to handle all types of cases.

    Kristine's expertise in the field of drug and narcotic defense is highlighted by her appointment to the position of acting defense counsel for the Cumberland County Adult Treatment Court. This program offers defendants the opportunity to participate in drug treatment in lieu of harsh prison sentences.


    B.A. Colby College - Waterville, Maine
    J.D. University of Maine School of Law - Portland, Maine

    Admissions & Organizations

    Advisory Committee for Criminal Procedure to Maine's Highest Court
    Chair of Criminal Law Section, Maine State Bar Association
    Massachusetts State Bar Association
    United States District Court for the District of Maine
    Cumberland County Bar Association
    Maine Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Community Involvement

    United Way of Greater Portland - Goal Setting Advisory Board
    Brick and Beam Society of Greater Portland
    Habitat for Humanity - Golden Hammer Award


    Every criminal case is unique. The cases below represent a small sampling of the many positive outcomes we have recently generated for our clients.

    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A client was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI/DUI). After winning the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Hearing, their suspension was rescinded. The criminal case ended with a plea of Driving to Endanger.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A college student was charged with a Civil Possession of Marijuana. This case was resolved by dismissal of all charges after community service work was performed.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A mother in her 30's was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. This case was resolved by entering into a filing agreement which resulted in a dismissal of all charges.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A law enforcement officer was charged with misdemeanor assault while on duty. This case was resolved by entering into a filing agreement which resulted in a dismissal of all charges.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A law enforcement officer was charged with misdemeanor assault while on duty. The client was found not guilty after a jury trial.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A client was charged with assault stemming from an alleged road rage incident. We brought a self-defense argument to a jury trial, winning an acquittal for our client.
    • State of Maine vs. (Name Withheld) - A client was charged with Class A Gross Sexual Assault and Kidnapping. After extensive pre-trial arguments the case was dismissed on the morning of Jury Selection.

    Past results do not guarantee future outcomes.


    When you hire Kristine and her team you can expect that they will:

    • Establish an atmosphere of trust
    • Listen to your specific challenges
    • Create and maintain open communication
    • Aggressively ensure your rights are protected
    • Advise and counsel you through all aspects of the process
    • Provide a thorough and affordable defense.
Senior Counsel
Alison Thompson joined the Hanly Law team in June of 2013, after graduating with high honors from the University of Maine School of Law, and gaining experience in the Cumberland County District Attorney's office. She focuses her practice on criminal defense and family law cases.

Alison strives to understand the unique challenges each of her clients face in times of adversity and takes a compassionate approach to her advocacy. Alison values and understands the importance of communication with her clients and endeavors to consistently be available to clients when questions arise.

    Legal Experience

    Alison graduated from the Maine School of Law in 2012 magna cum laude. She was a case note and comment editor on Maine Law Review and received the Pro Bono Public Service Award. She was also involved in the Women's Law Association and the Maine Association of Public Interest Law.

    Alison has gained criminal defense experience in the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. She brings her experience working in prosecution to each of her cases, allowing her to effectively strategize based on the unique facts of each case and generate positive outcomes for her clients.

    Alison has also volunteered at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and at the Volunteer Lawyer's Project family law helpline since 2009. Throughout the years she has helped hundreds of indigent clients throughout Maine with their family law cases.


    B.S. University of New Hampshire-Durham, New Hampshire, summa cum laude.
    J.D. University of Maine School of Law-Portland, Maine, magna cum laude

    Admissions and Organizations

    American Bar Association
    Maine State Bar Association
    Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Domestic Violence Judicial Review Panel

    Community Involvement

    Volunteer Lawyer's Project-Since 2009
    Katahdin Council 2014-2016

    Presenter, Maine Divorce Workshop

    Board Member, My Sister's Keeper

Marilyn joined our practice in 2019. Marilyn primarily supports attorney Hanly and the criminal and litigation practices. Marilyn has brought her expertise to bare in preparing files for complex litigation. Her strong work-ethic and organizational skills are invaluable to our attorneys, and her calm presence helps create a meaningful relationship with our clients. Marilyn strongly believes in the mission of protecting clients from overreach be it by the State, Federal Government or opposing parties.


    B.A., Criminal Justice, Purdue
    Paralegal Certificate, Kaplan University

    Personal Interests

    In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys hiking with her family. During rare quiet moments she enjoys the opportunity to sit down with a good book.

Samantha joined our team in 2019. Having previously worked in the Clerk's Office of the York County Clerk's Office, Samantha brings a wealth of knowledge of the Maine Court system and processes. She is an indispensable asset to our clients as they navigate the challenges of litigation. Samantha primarily supports Attorney Thompson and the family practice. Samantha is passionate about working with the Hanly Law attorneys to advocate for and protect our clients' rights.


    Associates Degree, With Honors, Paralegal Studies, Husson University  

    Personal Interests

    In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with family, friends, and most notably, her pup, Letty.


    If you are charged with a civil violation or a criminal offense, the State will be represented by either the Office of the District Attorney, or the Office of the Attorney General. These Prosecutors will bring the resources of the State to bear against Defendants. In order to protect your Constitutional rights you should seek the assistance of an attorney.

    If you find yourself involved in a family dispute, you may be tempted to represent yourself. Family cases can result in property distributions, child or spousal support payments and child custody and visitation rights. Make sure that these important interests are protected by working with an attorney. We offer a variety of representation options to suit or clients' needs.

    We offer free consultations for all potential clients. In this consultation we will answer your questions and discuss options for representation.

  • What should I expect during my free consultation?

    During your free consultation you will meet with one of our experienced attorneys. In order to get the most out of your consultation, we ask that you bring any relevant paperwork for us to review. We will discuss the general process for your type of case and what kind of timeline you can expect. We will discuss options for representation. We will answer any questions you may have. Finally, we will begin to address your specific situation and formulate a plan of action.

  • What are the first steps necessary to fight criminal and OUI Charges?

    In criminal cases, it is important to act quickly. Many types of evidence can become irretrievable over time. To that end, as soon as our office opens a case we will send out requests that all agencies involved preserve the evidence. If necessary, we will send out similar requests to third parties. Based on the information we receive we will use our experience to formulate a broader plan of action.

    In OUI cases there is an additional step. In order to challenge the Bureau of Motor Vehicle Suspension a request for a hearing request must be filed within 10 days of receiving the notice of suspension. This usually occurs prior the first Court date in the criminal case. If the BMV Suspension is not challenged, it will automatically go into effect.

  • Do You Offer Payment Plans?

    We appreciate that when faced with criminal charges, or an unexpected family matter, a financial burden only makes matters more difficult. We use the latest technology and legal reference tools to limit our need for support staff, which keeps our prices as low as possible.

    Our clients have made it clear how important flexible payment plans are, and we can accomodate plans for most cases. Please note that our general policy is to require the full balance to be paid upon resolution of your case.

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Hanly Law

1 Union Street

Suite 401

Portland, Maine 04101


phone: 207.699.2278

fax: 207.221.1410


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Weekends: By Appointment


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