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Michael H. Erlich

Criminal defense Attorney at Worcester, MA

4.9   344 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    I devote all of my practice to those charged with crimes ranging from shoplifting to sexual assaults. I have significant experience in District, Superior & Juvenile Courts and was named Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year for a breakthrough Racial Profiling case invovling the Mass State Police. There are many lawyers out there that dabble in criminal defense. Whether you chose to have me represent you, please look for someone who devotes the majority of their practice to criminal defense.

    33 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    I represent numerous OUI clients as you can see from my client reviews. Please read a few of them as a few of the most recent reviews deal with OUI's that I tried to jury verdicts in 4 different courts and two county's obtaining NOT GUILTY verdicts.You don't want a divorce lawyer in front of a jury for your OUI/DWI.

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    Not only do I defend domestic Assault & Battery and any other crimes involving violence to property but I will appear on your behalf for restraining orders whether your a defendant or a plaintiff.

    33 years, 400 cases

  4. Violent crime
    15%
    I have tried over the last 3 years 2 separate cases involving rape to jury verdicts in Superior Court. I have significant experience in Superior Court and defend probation violations as well. If you also have been arrested for weapons charges or have had your license to carry revoked by the Chief of Police in your town, I can help with that process.

    29 years, 350 cases

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND READ MY DAD'S CLIENT REVIEWS.

I made a decision 24 years ago following an internship with the Dade County State's Attorney's Office in Miami that following my graduation from Law School that I would devote all of my practice to criminal defense.   My father thought I was crazy and never thought I could sustain a practice like that but following my appearance on the O'Reilly Factor in September of 2003 for a racial-profiling case that received national attention, he looked at me and for the first time in his life, told me he was wrong. 

I handle each client with professionalism & bring a vast amount  of jury trial  experience to the courtroom.   I also pride myself on returning every call, text or email prior to leaving for the day. 

Thank you.

Michael Erlich

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 9 ...
Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  344 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Derek | May 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
5 stars
If you need representation look no further, Michael is a top notch attorney. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and confident in the courtroom. He responded quickly to any questions or concerns regarding my matter. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family in need of an attorney!
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2015
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Not Guilty
Mike is professional and pays attention to every detail. He came to my trial prepared and ready to defend my case. He did this with ease as the judge was obviously convinced within the first few minutes of my innocence. While I hope to never need you again, thanks for the outstanding service you provide Mike!
Posted by Paul | October 30, 2023
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Highly Recommended
I found myself in a challenging legal situation, and Michael guided me through it with unwavering determination. Throughout the long process, he was committed to achieving the best outcome, which ultimately led to the charges being dropped. I greatly appreciate his support and expertise.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
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Great experience
Great experience with Michael. Would highly recommend. Very accommodating and personable.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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Amazing lawyer
Michale Elrich was was an amazing attorney gave me good representation was easy to communicate with and responds as soon as possible.
Posted by Jalen | August 19, 2022
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Great Lawyer
Mike is a great lawyer! Hired him on multiple occasions and loved the outcomes. Recently went to court for a second offense oui and mike was very confident in winning the case as in which we did. Case was dismissed. I’d highly recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Paul | August 2, 2022
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Harassment prevention order
I consulted and hired Attorney Erlich to defend me against a harassment prevention order. I felt very confident after first meeting with him and he did an excellent job in representing me .The case against me was dismissed . I felt I was represented well by Attorney Erlich with his professionalism expertise and guidance.
Posted by Mariah Bailey | July 22, 2022
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Amazing and professional!
Michael got me out of a very big traffic ticket. He was promising and very confident that my ticket would be dropped, and it was in less than 5 minutes! I definitely recommend him and will be recommending him to all of my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2022
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Oui
The case stretched out over a yr. I was more confident in the beginning than the day of the trial. Mike did his job and provided the best defense he could for my situation. His knowledge and strategy was a success. The outcome was better than anticipated. The OUI was dropped without a trial. What more could you ask from your lawyer?
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
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5 Star !
From the first call to the last handshake, Michael was there to guide me through the process and get a favorable outcome. if looking for an attorney who knows the system and how to put you at ease during a stressful time then Michael is your guy !
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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Excellent attorney.
I was referred to Mike by a close friend. Mike is a true and thorough professional. He is a savior, I was heartbroken, never done anything wrong or seen any court proceeding (except in movies). I was accused of some wrong doing. Mike helped me get an understanding of the court procedure and walked me through of what I should expect. Since all of this happened over the holiday season, unfortunately, Mike in-spite of being on vacation, stayed in touch with me and gave me the confidence needed to fight for what is true. He not only understood my case in the short timeframe, he had, but helped me to think about things differently, instilling confidence in me. Mike delivered the results at a superior level. Victory in my case was a rare and unheard of. I’m truly indebted to Mike for his services to humanity and his passion for doing the right! Thanks to Mike and to the universe for having lawyers like Mike!
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Posted by David | October 21, 2021
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Reliable
I spoke with Mike from multiple cases in each case he handled it super professionally and has help me out numerous times. He has helped more times than I can count and I am grateful to have had him as a lawyer
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2021
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Lawyer
Needed a lawyer for a court appearance the next day. Not many answered their lines on a Sunday but Michael responded right away. Great response time, very friendly, and overall a great experience. My case didn’t get pushed too far but Michael was a great help for what was needed. Really appreciated the response time on items. Thank you for your help!
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2021
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A true legend
Michael is an Angel. Michael had the criminal case dismissed and expounded from my record in just less than 40 days . Very highly recommended and . I have been wrongly accused of criminal charges just before pandemic started , Initially I hired one of the best attorneys in the area to take over my case , after 14 months , that attorney did nothing ! I had to talk to many other attorneys to make decision right this time.Eventually , I switch to Michael and that was my best decision I ever made . There are a lot more details to Michael’s work which I cannot mention here . He is a legend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2021
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Great All around person and Great lawyer
Great lawyer, he helped me get through the hardest time of my life with full support, highly recomended all around good person.
Posted by SAKHONE | May 12, 2021
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Great Lawyer! Overall Excellent Experience
Michael was very helpful with walking me throughout the process of addressing a recent speeding citation. There was excellent communication leading up to the date of the court hearing with all my questions and concerns. Michael had me come into his office during the court hearing being that it was virtual. It was very impressive to see him handle multiple tasks (virtual court hearings) while dealing with my court hearing all at the same time. Seeing that my court hearing was virtual, Michael was able to walk me through what will happen prior to the virtual hearing, making the experience uncomplicated. Michael was able to resolve the citation, resulting in me not being at fault. This was my first time ever seeking legal council for this type of civil matter and Michael was definitely the individual for the job. Thank You.
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Posted by Silas | August 28, 2020
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Attorney Michael Erlich is the best lawyer in MA. Trust him 100%
THANK YOU SO MUCH ATTORNEY MICHAEL ERLICH. If you’re looking for the best lawyer and you’re reading this review, just text or give Attorney Michael a call RIGHT NOW. I never had any recommendations from anyone about Attorney Michael but he was the first one I saw when I typed into the search bar on google AV. Immediately I read all his 325 reviews all night, I knew he was PERFECT. I guarantee you with my life he will take good care of your situation. This’s my first time ever writing a review. All I did was sent a text message to Attorney Michael at 4:28am and he replied at 6am. “RO CASE False accusations”. Attorney Michael goes above and beyond professionalism because he really cares about you during the most difficult moments in your life when the burden of stress is horrible. If he tells you he can handle your case, at that moment just know your case is in the greatest hands. I wish I could write an article about him. He deserves 10 STARS. My case was Dismissed within 10 minutes trust me, the time is accurate. I thought it was going to take months or years. His services is 10 times more than what he charges. He’s very honest with you, replies to text and calls immediately. Never seen or heard of anyone like him. I feel honored to ever choosing you to represent me. Thank you Attorney Michael Erlich. Stay blessed.
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Posted by Kay | May 15, 2020
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Highly recommend Michael!
Michael responded quickly when I reached him out. He has very positive and confident. If you are looking for a criminal defence lawyer, your search is over. Just trust him and he will take care of you! I would recommend Michael to anyone. I had to go to district court for A & B charge for the majesty’s hearing. The case was settled even before we went to hearing. Both parties agreed with Michael’s proposal. My case was dismissed. Great lawyer, very nice person. Easy to deal with.
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Posted by Zachary | May 15, 2020
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BEST IN THE 508
Erlich has represented me on multiple occasions and has not once failed me in a court of law. Highly recommend to anyone looking for top of the line defense. A true professional and genuine man, I would not even consider going to anyone else.
Posted by Brian | March 8, 2020
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Mike gets it done
This is our first time needing a criminal defense attorney. Our son racked up a long list of charges involving domestic abuse, guns and alcohol all of which started with alcohol. I had to research and retain the right attorney ASAP. Lucky for me I deal with people all the time so I was quickly able to weed out all the attorneys that were not the right one for us. After a brief conversation with Michael Erlich in his office there was no doubt he was the right attorney. Court is not like what you see on TV so don’t expect to see loud and wild action. What you really get is someone who is human and compassionate, someone who will listen to your situation and give you honest advice on what to expect vs. telling you what you want to hear. He wont be visiting you or your loved one in jail much which is good because that means he working on getting you out of jail, besides he already knows how your days are going. When your in the court house he is that guy in the suit who stands out as being the most experienced well rounded attorney there. You can tell by watching his interaction with others that everyone knows him and respects him. There’s no substitute for experience and he’s got it. He knows how to get things done. Our case turned out better than expected. Im not sure that would have been the case if we went with another attorney. Without a doubt if me or my family ever needed an attorney Michael Erlich is on my speed dial. No need to look anywhere else.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President/Owner
  • Criminal Defense Worcester
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Eden, Rafferty, Tetreau & Erlich
  • 2004 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Erlich & Erlich
  • 1992 - 2004

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Northeastern University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1987
  • Nichols College
  • BSBA
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Assault & Battery With a Deadly Weapon Bullying
  • Dismissed
  • Aggravated Assault & Battery
  • Not Guilty both counts.
  • OUI (4th offense), Operating to Endanger
  • Not Guilty both counts.
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Associations

  • Worcester County Bar Advocates
  • President
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 1996 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Lawyer Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers in Massachusetts
  • Legal Network
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • 2003
  • Courageous Advocacy Award
  • Worcester Bar Advocate Program
  • 2002
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Training
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2006
  • O'Reilly Factor
  • Racial Profiling
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (51)
Endorse Michael
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Known Michael for almost 20 years and he is an excellent advocate for his clients."
General practice Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Erlich is a strong advocate for his clients. He is always prepared, he knows the law and his courtroom procedures are fawless."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Michael both as a friend and as a colleague and highly recommend him as a criminal defense lawyer. He is always well prepared and fiercely fights for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A very good lawyer. Highly respected in the Worcester legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Erlich is a well respected attorney among his peers. I have persoanlly had the opportunity to observe him in Court and he is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. Any client of Attorney Erlich will be well represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a bright and creative attorney. I never hesitate to recommend Michael when someone is looking for a reliable, well-respected criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Worcester Criminal defense Lawyer Michael H. Erlich
Michael H. Erlich
Criminal defense Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
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