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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Massachusetts

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Massachusetts, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Massachusetts. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
David R Yannetti
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Martin G Weinberg
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Michael C Bourbeau
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Matthew W. Peterson
Criminal Defense and Immigration Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Edward Russell Molari
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Attleboro, MA
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Michael Stephen Bowser Jr
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Chelmsford, MA
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Joseph B. Simons
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Joseph J Goldberg-Giuliano
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Kevin J Mahoney
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Cambridge, MA
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Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Joseph Keegan
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boston, MA
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Brian Murphy
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Worcester, MA
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Massachusetts Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) - The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) was founded in 1980 to uphold the standards of the criminal justice system. Its members provide the criminal defense bar with support, information, and a strong, credible voice in the pursuit of justice. Membership in the MACDL provides attorneys with Continuing Legal Education (CLEs), networking opportunities, and an enriched experience as a practicing criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Massachusetts Government and Court Resources

Committee for Public Counsel Services of Massachusetts

Committee for Public Counsel Services of Massachusetts - The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in Massachusetts is dedicated to providing legal representation to individuals who cannot afford their own lawyers. Established to uphold the constitutional right to counsel, CPCS offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The committee assigns qualified counsel, sets standards for representation, and promotes fairness within the criminal justice system.

Massachusetts Court System

Massachusetts Court System - The Massachusetts Court System is responsible for upholding the law and ensuring justice in the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Massachusetts' judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, including historical and constitutional matters.

Massachusetts Legislature

Massachusetts Legislature - The Massachusetts Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Senate comprises 40 members, serving four-year terms, while the House has 160 members, serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues, such as education, healthcare, and transportation.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a broad range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, the Supreme Judicial Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts

Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts - The Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, led by the Attorney General appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor and advocate for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies, representing Massachusetts in legal matters, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. The Attorney General plays a vital role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a broad spectrum of legal issues, including consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental concerns.

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