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Socrates de La Cruz

Criminal defense Attorney at Lawrence, MA

4.7   14 reviews

also known as, DLC LAW GROUP, PC

  • State Years
    New York - NY 11 years
    New Hampshire - NH 12 years
    Massachusetts - MA 25 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and former Prosecutor ready to stand up for your rights. If you have a legal need and want representation that is aggressive and competent call Socrates De La Cruz. Hablamos Español Somos abogados que luchan por tus derechos. Si necesitas representación con experiencia y diligencia llame al Abogado Socrates De La Cruz. 

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Dlc Law Office, P.C.
65 Merrimack St
Lawrence, MA, 01843-1657
DLC Law Office P.C.
65 Merrimack St Ste 2
Lawrence, MA, 01843-1661
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Posted by Steve | March 15, 2015
Socrates is a great lawyer who handled my case quickly in court
I hired Socrates and he did a great job. My case was very stressful to me because I had never been in trouble before (and never since) but Socrates made me feel very comfortable every time we went to court. He is very well known and respected too, he handled the case quickly, treated me fairly and always took my calls. If you need a lawyer that knows how to get things resolved quickly and favorably hire him.
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Posted by Sarah | March 15, 2015
"Socrates is a voice for us in Court"
I've known Socrates for quite some time. He is our families Lawyer and now family friend. He is the one we call for all of our law issues. He is caring, he gives us time in person and he stands up for us in court. He's already been around for a while but he has remained humble- hire Socrates if you want a Lawyer and a Strong Voice for you in court.
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Posted by Tony | March 14, 2015
Socrates is a great Lawyer!!!
I hired Socrates to represent me during one of the toughest times in my life. I had never been to jail before and he got me out on bail. Socrates made sure I never went back by winning my case. I am forever grateful to Socrates he help save my life, marriage and job by helping me keep my freedom!! He was always honest, kept me informed and reasonable with the fee.
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Posted by Tom | March 13, 2015
Not just an amazing lawyer, but an excellent role model, confidant and friend.
I am writing this review to tell prospective future clients of Socrates De la Cruz why he should be the first attorney that comes to mind in their time of need. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to get to know Socrates very well, and I must say that I truly feel lucky for this. Socrates was not only the best choice for an excellent lawyer, he is someone I now consider a very loyal friend and confidant that I can always depend on. Socrates happened to come into my life at a time when I was going through not only serious legal troubles, but I had also been experiencing some personal and family issues to make things worse. He just so happened to know a few of my family members through the different professional and charitable circles they both ran in and when learning of my situation he took it upon himself to assure us all that he would see me through to the other side. It was from that point on that Socrates became more than just my lawyer.....I looked upon him as an older brother figure who wanted me to live up to the potential he saw in me that I didn't, and wanted the best for my future...this confidence he helped instill in me was what got me headed in the right direction again. Anyway, Socrates proved to be an amazing success in the courtroom on my behalf, and outside of it he was a key figure in helping turn my life around. To this day my family is extremely grateful and so am I. I don't even want to think about what my life would be like today had we not crossed paths. I would highly recommend Socrates as your legal representative. I can't put a price tag on everything Attorney De la Cruz has done for me.
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Posted by Raniel | March 13, 2015
Socrates de la Cruz An attorney you can depend on , Amazing & Professional
Atty Socrates de la Cruz represented me on a Gun charge & some other minor charges that they (Police) try to screw my life with. He did an excellent job proving that i was not guilty, i absolutely recommend his legal services. Thank you
Posted by Veronica | March 13, 2015
Socrates is what a Lawyer should be
Socrates is a great Lawyer and he encompasses everything you want your Lawyer to be. Socrates helped my family through some very difficult times. Not only did he help with the case in court, but he went the extra mile by assisting us with issues after our case was over. We still call him and he takes the time to talk to us without nickel and diming us like so many lawyers do. If you want a Lawyer that will be like a friend too-Hire Socrates Delacruz
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Committed 100% to his clients case.
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Posted by Richard | March 13, 2015
Best Attorney
I had two pending cases in District court. I hired attorney De La Cruz on both cases and both were dismissed the same day. Attorney Socrates De La Cruz takes the time to understand your concern, he is very knowledgeable, professional and takes the time to explain what you can expect. Attorney De La Cruz always returned my calls in a timely manner. I highly recommend Attorney Socrates De La Cruz.
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Posted by Chery | March 12, 2015
Attorney De LaCruz - A leader in his community
Attorney De LaCruz is a beacon of hope in his community. He serves as a role model for young individuals looking to progress beyond their circumstances. He is also a highly regarded and respected confidant amongst the leaders in the community in which he servers. If ever I were to need or recommend a criminal attorney no other law professional would come to mind besides Attorney Socrates De Lacruz.
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Posted by Alex | March 12, 2015
I highly recommend Attorney De La Cruz
I highly recommend Attorney De La Cruz. He shows great concern for his clients and will stay in touch with you, return calls or emails and never leaves you wondering. His knowledge of the law and procedures greatly assisted in resolving my issues better then expected.
Posted by Manny | March 11, 2015
Socrates de la is the People's Lawyer!!
I endorse Socrates because he is a great lawyer, he makes me feel comfortable and he is always available. I recommend him to all my friends for criminal cases and injury cases too!!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2015
Socrates fights to protect his clients rights!
I endorse Attorney Socrates Delacruz because i have worked on cases with him and know how hard and aggressively he represents all of his clients. Socrates is intelligent, passionate and a great advocate!!!
Posted by Vincent | March 7, 2015
The best decision my family made for me!!!
Attorney de la Cruz is hands down the MAN!!! He represented me in my case. Before I hired him I thought I had no chance, he took the time to visit me, he was honest and fair with his fee. We went through the legal process as a team and beat the DA!!! If you want a great lawyer and nice guy too hire Socrates you won't regret it!
Posted by Chris | March 10, 2015
Highly skilled and knowledgeable Legal Help
I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to know Atty Socrates de La Cruz for over a decade. His performance is not just measured in the court room but during the times when knowledgeable and trust worthy legal advice is so extremely important as we weigh important options and pursue decision paths. He has represented myself and members of my family over the years in Lawrence Family and District Court, each time providing professional help and guidance to navigate solutions and avoid legal set backs. He advocates your best interest and helps guide you on the process to insure you have all the details needed to make a decision. Finally, Atty de La Cruz is willing to recommend equally talented colleagues that can handle matters that fall out side if his expertise. For these reasons, I will continue to refer Atty de La Cruz when professional legal help is needed.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Mcbride & Associates
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Spokesperson and Fundraiser
  • United Way of America
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Research Assistant to Judge Fenton
  • Suffolk University Law School Dean Of Students
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • MA State Legislator, Office of Senator John O'brien
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Chelsea Legal Clinic
  • Suffolk Law Defenders
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Dose Administrator
  • Methadone Clinic
  • 1996 - 1997
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • High School
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Criminal Defense
  • We strive to WIN all of our cases


  • Lawrence Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Suffolk University Law School Fenton Scholarship Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lawrence Boys and Girls
  • Trustee
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hall Of Fame Inductee
  • Lawrence Boys and Girls Club
  • 2000
  • Oprah's Angel Award
  • Oprah Winfrey Show
  • 2000
  • National Documentary
  • United Way of America
  • 1998
  • National Youth of the Year
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • 1991
  • State Youth of the Year
  • MA State B&G Club
  • 1991
  • N.E. Regional Youth of the Year
  • National B&G Clubs of America
  • 1991
  • Key to to the City
  • City Of Worcester, MA
  • 1991
  • Ayer Mill Tower
  • City of Lawrence, Honorable Kevin J Sullivan
  • 1991
  • Local Youth of the Year
  • LB&GClub
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Greater Lawrence Voke Tech School
  • Achieving Success against the Odds
  • 2015
  • Lawrence Boys and Girls Club Annual Board Meeting
  • Goals and Goals setting
  • 2014
  • ABA Camp
  • Reaching For New Heights
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (66)
Given (109)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very clever and zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Socrates is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As an assistant district attorney, Socrates and I had several cases together, and even though we played on opposite sides of the fence, it was nothing but a pleasure to work with him in that capacity. I would recommend him to any person seeking a highly Qualified criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. de la Cruz for his dedicated work on behalf of those accused of crimes. Mr. de la Cruz puts his diligence and experience to work on behalf of every client he accepts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent criminal defense attorney, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Socrates is a staunch advocate for his clients and zealously works to get the desired result. Having known him since we were law students at Suffolk University Law School, I know that he is extremely hard working, ethical, and overall a top notch attorney. I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. de La Cruz has made a substantial number of contributions on AVVO. I have read several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney De La Cruz is a great criminal defense attorney who knows the law and how to get results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who spend time, pro bono, assisting the public on sites like this are rare. It's important to give back and it's good to see lawyers like you who do. You get my endorsement for sure."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Socrates is a very talented criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hardworking, dedicated and talented attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Socrates is a vital contributor to the AVVO network providing valuable advice to people in need."
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