Get to Know Todd R. Collins

I was born and raised in the St. John River Valley community of Fort Kent.  I went to college at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and graduated in 1995 with degrees in English, Biology, and Environmental Studies.  I briefly left Maine to pursue a legal education at Vermont Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1998.  I returned to Aroostook County in 2002 to raise my family -- My wife and I are the proud parents of four wonderful children -- and to serve a small role in securing the safety of the community as a lawyer with the Aroostook County District Attorney's Office. 


I have been a prosecutor for the last eleven years.  Before returning to Maine I worked in the Strafford County Attorney’s Office in Dover, New Hampshire, for three years.  Currently, I work with Neale Adams, the Aroostook County District Attorney, where I cover the Caribou District Court, Caribou Superior Court, and surrounding jurisdictions.  I have worked with Mr. Adams since August of 2002.  I have found these experiences to be challenging and rewarding.

As a prosecutor with the Aroostook County DA’s Office and the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, I have been in charge of over 2000 criminal cases including handling over two-hundred Grand Jury presentations and presenting over sixty criminal jury trials.  As a representative of the States of Maine and New Hampshire, I have advanced the interests of the People I represent in a variety of legal forums ranging from suppression hearings, habeas corpus hearings, full jury trials, non-jury trials, preparing briefs for submission with the Law Court, and defending our positions in oral arguments before the Justices of the Supreme Court.   Maine Law Court (search "Todd R. Collins").


I have successfully completed several trainings sponsored by the National District Attorney's Association and the National College of District Attorneys; the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office; the Maine Attorney General's Office; and the Maine Prosecutor's Association.  I have also been an instructor in local programs designed to train law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and arson investigators. 

My duties often require close participation with local police departments and individual officers as they investigate serious crimes; as a result I have been to the scenes of attempted murder, negligent homicides, manslaughter cases, and several aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol cases to assist in the investigation of those crimes. 


                                               Todd R. Collins

Admitted to the Maine Bar October 1998        Admitted to the New Hampshire Bar May 1999

Professional Aspiration: To Practice Law with Integrity and Compassion



     Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

Juris Doctor May 1998                                                                                                                       

* General Practice Program; selected participant in unique, limited enrollment program Integrating substantive law and professional skills in a transactional model

* Dean’s List 1997-1998

* Selected, Vermont Law School National Mock Trial Team 1997

* Finalist, Mock Criminal Trial Competition 1996

* Invited, 16th Annual Debevoise Moot Court Competition 1997

* Member, Trial Advocacy Advisory Board 1995-1996; President 1997

    University of Maine, Fort Kent, Maine

Bachelor of Science, cum laude, English May 1995

* Minor: Biology and Environmental Studies

* Member, Student Senate Executive Committee 1993-1995

* Presented, North Atlantic Undergraduate English Majors’ Conference 1995; participated 1994


Legal Experience     


Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office, Caribou, Maine 2002-present

            Assistant District Attorney

* Prosecuted wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges including, DWI; Aggravated DWI; Assault; Sexual Assault; Felony Drug Violations; Manslaughter; and Victimless Prosecution of crime. Duties included assisting police departments with criminal investigation, presenting Grand Jury indictments, preparing cases for trial, corresponding with victims and witnesses, arguing motions, and trying criminal cases before a jury

* Provide Instruction for local Law Enforcement Agencies on Search and Seizure, Law Updates, Report Writing, and an instructor for the 100 hour preparatory course

* Participated in NDAA trainings for the prosecution of Sexual Assaults; Investigation and Prosecution of Elder Abuse; and Evidence for Prosecutors

* Presenter at the recent Aroostook County Task Force for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault day-long training on Collaborative Community Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Connecting Best Practices

* Drafted over 14 Maine Law Court Briefs; presented 4 Oral Arguments before the Justices of the Maine Supreme Court.  Maine Law Court (search "Todd R. Collins")


Strafford County Attorney’s Office, Dover, NH 1999-2002

Assistant County Attorney

* Performed same functions and duties as with the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office as well as investigation and prosecution of Negligent Homicide and Attempted Murder charges and drafting indictments

* Participated in several trainings sponsored by the New Hampshire AG’s Office

* Trained police officers, corrections officers, and arson investigators


Shillen & Gray Law Offices, Woodstock, VT 1997

Summer Associate

* Researched complex legal problems in various areas of law including personal injury, workers’ compensation, probate, bills and notes, and criminal; also prepared memoranda for senior attorneys and edited court filings


South Royalton Legal Clinic, South Royalton, VT 1998

Student Attorney

* Interviewed and counseled low-income clients on a variety of issues including estate planning, Social Security, bankruptcy, divorce, custody, and Supplemental Security Income, also prepared court documents


Other Work Experience   


University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine 2005

            Adjunct Faculty; Constitutional Law

* Introduced students to the interplay between the Constitution of the United States and its citizens through common everyday life experiences in the news and on television

Hesser College 1998-1999

Adjunct Faculty; English and Business Law

* Introduced students to the dynamics of English composition, critical thinking and business law


Other Experience   

Environmental Conference on Restoration Ecology, Fort Kent, Maine 1995                                                         

* Designed a day-long conference on Restoration Ecology held at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Awarded $3,000 grant from the University Chancellor’s Office

The RIVER review / La REVUE riviere, Fort Kent, Maine 1995                                                            

Assistant Editor 

* A bilingual, multi-disciplinary journal from the University of Maine at Fort Kent