Dylan R. Boyd

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Portland, Maine

Law Offices of Dylan Boyd
Dylan R. Boyd
Law Offices of Dylan Boyd

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Maine since: 2010

Education: University of Maine School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

Law Offices of Dylan Boyd

6 City Center
Suite 301
Portland, ME 04101 Visit website


Attorney Dylan R. Boyd is the founder, lead attorney and managing member of the Law Offices of Dylan Boyd in Portland, Maine. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than nine years of legal experience, Mr. Boyd represents the rights and interests of clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Criminal defense

·        Family law and divorce

·        Probate and estate litigation

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Boyd has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts across his region. Equally effective outside of the courtroom, he has also helped negotiate favorable settlements and advantageous plea bargains for those he has served. At all turns, Mr. Boyd has proven himself a tireless and zealous legal advocate for his clients in both civil and criminal matters, and he has earned a reputation as one of the leading trial attorneys in his region.

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Boyd holds a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer review rating, and he has consistently received top attorney designations from his peers along with “Superb” client ratings on Avvo and numerous positive testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

A 2006 honors graduate of The University of Vermont, Mr. Boyd obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 2010, where he received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Business and Commercial Law. While in law school, he also served as executive editor and contributing author of the Maine Law Review.

Along with practicing before all Maine state courts, Mr. Boyd is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Highly active in his legal community, he is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among his other professional affiliations.

On a personal note, Mr. Boyd is also an accomplished author, and he published his first legal thriller novel, "Blue Lobster,” in 2013.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Child Support, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Estate Planning, Failure to Pay Child Support, Father's Rights, Felony, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Name Change, Paternity, Power of Attorney, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Same Sex Family Law, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trusts, Wills

First Admitted: 2010, Maine

Professional Webpage: https://www.dylanboydlaw.com/attorney-info/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine 
  • Maine
  • I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers., 2018
Educational Background:
  • I attended the University of Vermont and earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2006. I earned English Department Honors and membership in both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society., 2006
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • I authored this case note, which was published in the Maine Law Review., Author, Raising the Dead: An Examination of In re Kingsbury and Maine's Law Regarding Intestate Succession and Posthumous Paternity Testing, Maine Law Review, 2009
  • Executive Editor, Maine Law Review
  • Blue Lobster, 2013
  • I graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law., Cum Laude (Honors), University of Maine School of Law, 2010
  • I was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for Business / Commercial Law by the University of Maine School of Law., Outstanding Achievement Award - Business / Commercial Law, University of Maine School of Law, 2010
  • I was deemed Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer ratings for high professional achievement. , Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • I represent some clients pro bono through cases referred by the Volunteer Lawyers Project., 2018
  • Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Representative Clients:
  • 2018 Criminal Case: Successful Federal Sentencing: I convinced the Court to keep my client out of prison and sentence him to probation instead. Under the Sentencing Guidelines, he was facing a prison term of approximately three years. To avoid prison in a federal case is extraordinary. We were able to achieve this result due to my client's excellent progress on pretrial release and also my sentencing arguments. The Court, for the first time ever in the District of Maine, varied from the Guidelines by setting a lower "marijuana equivalency" ratio for MDMA ("ecstasy"), reducing the ratio from 500:1 to 200:1., 2018
  • 2016 Criminal Case: Case Dismissed, BMV Suspension Rescinded: In an OUI case, I won a contested BMV hearing. Next, I fought the case in court and negotiated a plea agreement whereby the OUI charge was dismissed up front and a lesser charge of Driving to Endanger was dismissed one year later, after my client successfully completed a deferred disposition. The end result was no license suspension, no criminal conviction, no jail time, and no fine., 2016
  • 2018 Criminal Case: Arson Charge Dismissed: My client was charged with Arson, a Class A felony, but after diligent defense work, the prosecutor dismissed that charge, and my client instead pleaded no contest to Failure to Control or Report a Dangerous Fire, a Class D misdemeanor, with a sentence of an unconditional discharge, meaning no jail sentence and no fine., 2018
  • 2017 Criminal Case: Case Dismissed: By leveraging the evidence and suppression issues, I negotiated a plea agreement whereby my client's OUI charge was dismissed up front and a lesser charge of Driving to Endanger will be dismissed in one year provided my client gets no new charges during that time., 2017
  • 2016 Parental Rights Case: Favorable Judgment: The court ruled in our favor on a motion to modify a parental rights and responsibilities judgment. The opposing party sought to modify the 50/50 contact schedule and claim primary residence of the child, but we convinced the judge that there was no basis for that change and that it would be contrary to the child's best interests., 2016
  • 2018 Criminal Case: New Charges Dismissed: My client was facing a new assault charge and a probation violation. The prosecutor wanted him held without bail, and the plea offer called for six months in prison. However, I successfully argued for his release on bail. Then, I worked with a private investigator to gather additional evidence, which we leveraged to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the assault charge and agree to time served (about ten days) for the probation matter., 2018
  • 2017 Protection from Abuse Case: Case Dismissed: I successfully defended a client in a protection-from-abuse case, resulting in the court denying the frivolous complaint filed against my client. The opposing party was trying to use the PFA process to gain an upper hand in the parental rights case, but I stopped that from happening., 2017
  • 2018 Criminal Case: I succeeded in getting the prosecutor to dismiss the case against my client, which charged two counts of Aggravated Drug Trafficking, a Class A felony with a minimum sentence of four years, and a forfeiture count, seeking to take ownership of his vehicle. But now, the case is dismissed, and my client is in the clear. I was able to leverage arguments that the traffic stop was unconstitutional, that the prosecutor failed to provide additional evidence I requested, and that my client lacked knowledge of the drugs., 2018
  • 2016 Criminal Case: Evidence Suppressed, Case Dismissed: The court granted my motion to suppress statements, based on a constitutional violation, meaning that my client's statements to the police could not be admitted into evidence and used against him at trial. That ruling left the prosecutor with insufficient evidence and caused him to dismiss the charges, which were felonies., 2016
  • 2017 Criminal Case: Case Dismissed: After extended negotiations and leveraging, the prosecutor dismissed the case against a client of mine who was charged with Aggravated Assault, a Class B felony., 2017
  • 2017 Criminal Case: Felony Dismissed, Plea to Misdemeanors for Time Served: My client went from facing four years in prison to only four days in jail. At the start of the case, he was charged with multiple felonies, including Aggravated Drug Trafficking (Class A), which carries a mandatory minimum four-year sentence. But by the end of the case, the prosecutor dismissed all felony charges, and my client pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges for a sentence of only four days (time served) with one year of probation., 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Maine Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Office location for Dylan R. Boyd

6 City Center
Suite 301
Portland, ME 04101

Phone: 207-536-7147


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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