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Murat Erkan

Criminal defense Attorney at Andover, MA

5.0   31 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Murat

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From our focused, team driven approach, to our accessible and friendly staff, enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that you are protected by a respected and capable defense team.  Our lawyers have worked tirelessly and dedicated our considerable experience to achieving the most favorable results possible for our clients.   Our team specializes in criminal defense, and has handled all types of criminal cases from misdemeanors such as DUI and domestic assault to major felonies including drug trafficking, rape and murder. 

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Erkan & Associates, LLC handles all State and Federal criminal cases. We will represent you in Massachusetts District Courts, Superior Courts, Appellate Courts, and Federal Courts.  The professionals at Erkan & Associates, LLC have earned a distinguished reputation in Massachusetts courts through our zealous advocacy, ethical practice, and successful representation.

From misdemeanors in Massachusetts District Courts to complex Federal felony litigation, the right attorneys can make all the difference. Murat Erkan and his team are ready to help you face the criminal justice system, and will fight zealously, aggressively, and relentlessly to obtain the best result in your case.

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Location

Erkan & Associates, LLC
300 High St
Andover, MA, 01810-1512

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Posted by ERNST | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Murat......BEST IN THE BUSINESS!!!
I’ve been thinking for two days on what I would say….I can’t figure it out. There are no words that can express how grateful I am to Erkan and Associates, LLC . Murat and his team stepped up to take my case when they heard about my situation. From day one, Murat was honest with me. He didn’t sugar coat anything. He didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear, he told me the truth. For months, Murat as well as his team have worked relentlessly to bring all the pieces of the puzzle forward I needed to regain my freedom. Even after the charges were dropped, they are still fighting for me to get the justice I DESERVE. Regardless of how the future goes, I just need y’all to know one thing…. ERKAN CLAN AINT NOTHING TO F**K WITH. #ErkanForever #ShimmyFree
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer to Hire
I was in some legal trouble that would have destroyed any prospect of a job that required a background check. I asked a person familiar with the courts who the best attorney was and she immediately said Mr. Erkan. I hired him that day and he did not disappoint. I was guilty, but he was able to get the case dismissed allowing me to get the job I so badly wanted. Mr. Erkan will get the best possible result for you regardless of case. He is knowledgeable and friendly as are his staff. I would recommend this attorney to anyone who has an issue in Massachusetts. Simply the best.’
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Posted by Rod | April 5, 2021
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Murat and Erkan Law know criminal defense.
As a documentarian, (and activist or provocateur-- depending on who you ask), I find myself regularly harassed and targeted by law enforcement for what should be constitutionally-protected first amendment activities. Murat and Erkan Law have been there for me on numerous occasions. 1. Erkan Law represented me and several others during the protests of the 2019 Straight Pride Parade. The feckless Boston Police rioted, attacking protesters indiscriminately. While calmly filming, I was tackled from behind by a deranged and possibly intoxicated police officer who was clearly high on power. Lacking any kind of moral scruples, Officer Runningback proceeded to drag me into their Blue Lives clown car while I tried to explain that they had seriously messed up my leg. Finding myself in court, Judge Sinnott, (who shot and unsuccessfully tried to kill a man in 1980), decided he was my moral superior, and proverbially "jumped on the other side of the bench" calling for me to be arrested a second time— this time, for wearing a religious covering. My case went up to the Supreme Judicial Court, leading to an investigation of Sinnott, thanks to Erkan Law’s expertise. 2. After burning an effigy of Donald Trump at a Super Happy Fun America rally last October, I was hauled into court on what were clearly bogus charges. Again— first amendment protected activity. Again, Boston Police seem totally unfamiliar with the law. Needless to say, Murat wrote an amazing motion and had the charges quickly dropped. 3. Murat continues to represent me throughout the ongoing harassment by law enforcement. Having found myself in numerous unmanageable legal situations, Murat is who I call when I need the Bozos to call off their dogs. It's not just that Murat knows the law. He knows the players, he speaks their language and generally waves his hand around like Merlin so that the troglodytes swarming head back to their caves.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2021
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A Lifeline of Expertise Coupled with Deep Compassion & Dignity When I Needed It Most
Dear Murat, Eric, and Shah, There are times in life when words simply fail to adequately capture the intensity of thought and feeling connected to an event. My experience working with your firm has left me with only words to express my profound gratitude for all of your expertise, understanding, and compassion but know these words pale in comparison to the appreciation I feel for all of you. After working my entire life to establish a career of distinction and merit, I found myself facing its complete obliteration by errant accusations. These claims were presented on my birthday and were certainly not any kind of gift I had ever expected to receive. In an instant my entire world seemed to collapse and nothing remained but terror, shame, panic, and pure unadulterated desperation. The nature of my case was sensitive and required a delicate yet powerful approach if a positive resolution could be achieved. Trying to understand the full scope of what I faced, I turned to the internet and quickly discovered that most information online was almost exclusively centered on the plaintiff. Erkan & Associates webpage was a lifeline of both hope and vital information. The issue I was facing was clearly described as was the important considerations I would need to face moving forward when addressing my issue. The biographies of Murat, Shah, and the other members of the firm spoke to a commitment to helping others in need and an unwavering belief in the power of the legal system to see justice served. My earliest panicked calls to the firm were answered by Shah and she did the most amazing job of putting me at ease by immediately conveying a sense that my call mattered. Even though it took several more days to finally fully connect and establish my first meeting with counsel, Shah maintained daily communication to let me know exactly how everything was progressing and left me assured that I was being cared for by expert professionals. My experiences with both Murat Erkan and Eric Burdette were beyond reassuring. These gentlemen somehow combined brillant legal expertise, active listening, and a deeply moving capacity to allow me to feel the full weight of human dignity. Even more than these qualities, Murat and Eric were simply genuinely good guys. They were witty, insightful, and filled with good humor that allowed the dark shadow I faced to brighten and the ten ton elephant, that had been standing on my chest since my legal issue started, seemed to lift. The hope I received from Erkan & Associates can not be overstated or undervalued. On the day of my hearing, Eric arrived early to the courthouse and Murat zoomed in from the office. They were supremely prepared and as a result, I was too. My case was called and within minutes resolved in my favor. While their obligation to my case ended with its dismissal by the judge, Murat and Eric have continued to provide valuable assistance to me and my workplace counsel … they care. When my life is finally fully returned to me, it will be in very large part because of my decision to work with Erkan & Associates. This letter started by expressing my disappointment that I could never adequately convey my deepest admiration and appreciation for all that Murat, Eric, and Shah have done for me. Now as I close I hope that, while insufficient, my words have conveyed a bit of the enduring esteem I have for the law firm of Erkan & Associates, LLC and for Murat, Eric, and Shah in particular. Please know I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Jennifer | December 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!
We hired Murat Erkan to represent our son in a legal matter. We were very anxious about the process but Murat quickly eased our fears. He said he would fight for us like we were his own family. He definitely delivered on this promise. He and his team worked diligently to help our son win his case. His level of experience was very apparent in the handling of our case. We knew we were in very capable hands. We couldn't have been more pleased with the service we received.
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Posted by Luis | November 29, 2020
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client
Great customer service! Very well informed and was able to answer all of our questions from day one. Throughout our time together I always felt confident in his abilities as my lawyer. Very well prepared and professional during proceedings.
Posted by Susan | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful
Murat is the most down-to-earth, nicest attorney that I had the privilege of working with. He took the time to listen to every detail of my case and empathetically fought for me as if he was fighting for himself. Murat and his team's dedication made me feel very comfortable and their services went above and beyond. I highly recommend this professional, experienced and knowledgeable law firm. Thank you Murat and your lovely team for all your time and services. God bless!
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Posted by Brian | October 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Murat Erkan won my case!
Murat Erkan won my case! The key to our win was his exceptional preparation prior to my court appearance. Due to his professional coaching, I felt calm and relaxed in front of the clerk magistrate which proved vital to my testimony. Thanks to Murat, all charges against me were dismissed. Thank you! I’ll be keeping him in my iPhone contacts and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an outstanding criminal attorney.
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Posted by Neil | October 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Treats Clients Like Family, Fights for Clients like Family
Murat, Chris and Shah have treated me like a member of their family from day one. They know the law and have fought for me every step of the way on a very difficult drug case. They were clear and concise on everything that was going to happen and guided me through some very difficult times. They always take my calls and there are never any surprises. They are very thorough and I would chose no other law firm over them.
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Posted by Stuart | October 8, 2020
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Great team
Murat,Victor and Shah did a phenomenal job handling my case that was dropped on them when my original lawyer decided to take a job with the court system. They are very good at communicating and didn't talk at you and I appreciated that.
Posted by Boreli | October 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfy
Very knowledgeble. Exelent customer service and outstanding result. I hired attorney Erkan for a DUI case and I was able to come clean from the case. He is was very professional and definately knows he is stuff.
Posted by maria | September 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
el mejor abogado que hemos conocido Murat Erkan desde que empeso a trabajarle a mi esposo hasta el final siempre confiamos en el gracias por hacerno un buen trabajo y por darnos tantas confianza muy agradecida de el mil gracias
Posted by Velez | September 9, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best
Ganó mi caso de inmediato es el mejor abogado Y con muy buena atención e interés con sus clientes ,, se lo recomiendo a cualquiera
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Life Changer!!!
6/30/20 I have worked with Murat Erkan and Associates for the past 15 years and have had nothing but Success after Success to Victory from a old 1982 felony case on which I was 19 years old that I finally got clear up and put in my past!!! He did that for me, just think what he will do for you!!!
Posted by Rosie | May 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Team
Mr. Erkan, was absolutely excellent with my husband’s case. Initially, I felt defeated but Murat and his team did an extraordinary job. At the end, my husband was found not guilty thank you to the entire team for working so diligently. I recommend Mr. Erkan and his entire team.
Posted by Carlos Robles | March 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incomparable Excellence in Criminal Defense
Swift and effective work; unbelievable results! - I was facing a motor vehicle-related charge which carried a mandatory jail sentence and the indefinite revocation of my driver's license, thus threatening my ability to work and provide for my family. Other lawyers said that my case was "unwinnable" so my hopes were low. ---But that was until I met the team at Erkan and Associates. The attorneys and staff at Erkan & Associates worked fearlessly on my case. And with an entire team backing me up, my hopes of winning this case went from an underground, obscure place to the peak of the Everest. The extraordinary legal research conducted by Attorney Christopher Basso turned the tables in my favor; and as a result, the charge against me was dismissed. There is no doubt in my mind this was due to the remarkable work of Atty. Christopher Basso and the team at Erkan & Associates. There was never a question that went unanswered, a phone call that wasn't attended or a concerned that went ignored. The team at Erkan & Associates really cared about my case, and they demonstrated that through the effectiveness of their legal work, and the impeccable brilliance of their customer service. I am out of words to thank Attorney Christopher Basso for the great defense he put together on my behalf. To Attorney Murat Erkan and his wife Shah, for making me feel so at ease and protected throughout this process, and to the entire team at Erkan and Associates for their excellent service. These people worked so hard on my behalf that the whole experience felt miraculous. My family and I will be forever grateful to them! Thank you, Murat! Thank you, Shah! Thank you, Chris! Thank you, team Erkan! Carlos Robles
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Posted by Sean | January 31, 2019
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Rondo Defense
Through multiple experiences some very minor to some on the intense end, the Erkan office has provided an exceptional level of professionalism and care. Through collaboration the office drives a thorough review and also takes hand at your perspective and situation. After solidly reviewing all aspects of my concerns the team at Erkan Law has been able to work in my corner to help me when I needed it most! Your team is amazing!
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Posted by Shana | January 30, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer, Amazing Team, and We Felt Like Family
First of all I need to thank Murat, his team, and wife for the amazing dedication they put into my fiance’s trial (that we won!) His trial was a near impossible case to win and Murat and his team did it. Because of this my sons get to keep their father; but what made Murat and his team so amazing is how we felt like family through the process. His wife sat with my during the court proceedings and would explain what was happening, what would happen next, and kept me calm the entire time. The team has so much dedication and professionalism that we were never left wondering what was going to happen and we always felt truly cared about. I am truly grateful that we hired him and his team. Thank you again so much!
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Posted by Erol | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great aggresive defence!
If you need an attorney who is reliable and who has long years experience especially on criminal defense,Murat is the right attorney for you.Thanks to Murat Erkan for taking care of my case successfully...
Posted by Marino | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Greatest lawyer I could ever ask for
Not guilty!!!! These words meant my life back. This result was only possible with the arduous and relentless dedication, professionalism, attention, competence, care, knowledge and so much more of Mr. Erkan. Mr. Erkan and his entire team fought so hard during the whole process of my OUI indictment, from preparing for hearings to the final fase which was the trial. Mr. Erkan and his lovely wife and assistant were there during one of the most stressful and scariest time of my life holding my hand and providing the best defense a criminal lawyer has to offer. He challenged every little thing the prosecution and the DA threw in our direction. The level of preparedness was out of this world. At many points during the trial while police officers were testifying against me, he challenged them with all sorts of rules and regulations that the officers were supposed to have known and followed during my arrest, and they had to, at the end admit they had failed many of these rules. It was a thing of beauty to watch him in action. This ability doesn’t come without much reading and preparedness from Mr. Erkan and his team. It’s not easy to “school” these officers, given that a lot of them behave and talk like they are above other people. I can assuredly offer the highest of references to anyone in need of a criminal lawyer. For most people in this kind of predicament, it’s so hard to decide whom to trust and hire for their defense. I’ve now been through it and thank God I had the privilege and luck to have come across such a competent attorney. I can barely begin to thank Mr. Erkan, his wife Shaw and the entire team at the law office of Erkan and Associates. Thank you so very much!!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Erkan & Associates, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Essex County District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2006

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Drew University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Assault with intent to rape - charges withdrawn
  • Case dismissed
  • State prison sentence in drug case reduced to time served
  • Client released from prison
  • Client wrongfully charged with drug sales to undercover detective
  • Client exonerated
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Associations

  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Certified
  • 2020 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Best Criminal Defense Law Firm
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020

Publications

  • Ex-bus driver arraigned on rape charges
  • Lowell Sun
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Murat is an exceptional attorney. I have worked with Murat on numerous cases through the years. He is an organized, prepared and extremely knowledgeable. The bottom line is that I have personally witnessed him, convince judges and prosecutors to agree with him on issues that I did not think were possible. He is truly one of the most generous, caring and tenacious attorneys I have ever seen. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Murat. He is an outstanding defense attorney: a tireless advocate, always prepared on both the facts and the law, uncompromising, and he fights relentlessly for the client, both in and out of court. Murat gives each client's case the individual attention that it deserves and never uses a "boiler plate" approach. Murat's trial skills, case preparation, and knowledge of the law are second-to-none. Murat sets the bar for other lawyers. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Murat is able to use his past experience to exploit weakness in the government's case. I strongly recommend Murat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Murat is fully dedicated to his practice, his clients, and the quality of his work. He manages to be fierce and relentless, both in and out of court, while also bringing a great deal of warmth and humor to his practice. He is an incredibly creative litigator, thinking outside the box when conventional approaches falter, and I have never seen such a relentless advocate. He works well beyond normal hours until he has prepared to his self-imposed high standards, and the preparation pays off in the results he achieves for his clients. Above all else, Murat's client relationships are a step above the rest. Murat brings clients into his practice as if they are part of the family, meeting their loved ones and building strong relationships. While he approaches each relationship with great empathy and compassion, he also maintains authentic and honest connections, making sure that he communicates the reality of the situation to his clients. I can easily say that I endorse Murat wholeheartedly."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After 26 years of practice I was appointed to a government position which required me to refer my clients to successor counsel. That lawyer was Murat Erkan. For the past 8 years he has represented those clients exceptionally well. Everyone sang his praises."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Murat from his earliest days as a trial lawyer. We worked side-by-side as prosecutors in the Lawrence District Court. He quickly rose to the position of supervisor, then joined the Superior Court trial team where he handled all manner of major felony cases. When Murat entered private practice in 2006, he quickly became an unrivaled advocate for the accused and uncompromising defender of civil liberties. He has assembled a high-profile defense team committed to delivering consistently impressive outcomes for his clients. He is brilliant and innovative. He wins cases that seem impossible to win. Most importantly, Murat cares about his clients, and they know it. Without question, I would recommend Murat to anyone needing a criminal attorney in Massachusetts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this Murat Erkan enthusiastically. Murat is a tireless and passionate advocate for the rights of his clients. He is dogged and compassionate and works hard to achieve justice for each client. You are in good hands with Murat as your criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is experienced, thorough, hardworking, smart, and creative. Everyone in his office is dedicated to the firm’s clients, diligent, and approachable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Murat for several years, and I can say without reservation that I have never worked for or with a better person or lawyer. Murat's preparation is incomparable, while others are leaving the office early, Murat burns the midnight oil until he has explored every possible avenue of defense for his clients. While other attorneys have fairly rote and predictable opening statements/closing arguments that they continually rely upon for one size fits all, Murat crafts every opening statement and closing argument to match the facts of the case and the personal characteristics of the client. In terms of direct and cross examination, Murat prepares and maps out every single question (with room for improvisation in the flow of the conversation) far ahead of time so that nothing catches him by surprise... except for when witnesses concoct pure fiction, but that's when you've awakened the lion. Murat spares no one who commits perjury. Murat is a warrior and the best lawyer I know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Murat several years ago, when he was working in the district attorney's office. We had a case against each other. I was impressed with both his professionalism and skill. Since then, I have watched his practice and his reputation grow as a criminal defense attorney. He cares about his cases and his clients. He does a very nice job and gets great results. I endorse him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need the best representation for any criminal matter you need Attorney Murat Erkan, Esq. A Top notch lawyer who knows how to fight and more importantly Win for his clients. Put him and his elite team to work for you. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Murat knows his stuff - he is always called on by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to comment on recent SJC decisions. Very well respected. I endorse this lawyer."
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Andover Criminal defense Lawyer Murat Erkan
Murat Erkan
Criminal defense Attorney
Andover, MA
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation