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Matthew Whiddon Peterson

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   59 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 5 years
    Alabama - AL 8 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    I practice criminal defense in all Massachusetts courts, including the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, domestic violence, probation violation, assault and battery, traffic charges, drug distribution, and more

    8 years, 300 cases

  2. Immigration
    25%
    I handle immigration cases all over Massachusetts. I handle these types of matters (and more): naturalization, adjustment of status, VAWA, fiancee visa, asylum, removal defense.

    8 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%
    I handle OUI charges in all Massachusetts courts.An OUI may not always mean jail time, but that doesn't mean it's not serious. An OUI conviction can mean your license being suspended, hefty fines, and onerous probation conditions.

    8 years

  4. Child custody
    10%
    I handle child custody cases all over Massachusetts. It's critical to hire a child custody attorney you can trust - it can be the most critical case of your life.

    8 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%
    I handle divorce cases all over Massachusetts. A divorce can affect you for years to come - whether it means insufficient child support, harsh visitation conditions, or other stiff financial hardship. Contact me today, and let's get started.

    8 years

  6. Appeals
    5%
    I handle criminal appeals in both Massachusetts and Alabama. A criminal appeal reviews whether the trial court made the right decisions. It usually just involves written briefs by the defense and State, not court hearings.

    8 years

I will take your case personally!  I am known for fighting for my clients aggressively and finding every angle to win their case.  I focus on criminal defense, domestic relations, and immigration.  I also practice some civil law.  Call me today, and let's get started on your case!

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Location

Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson
55 Union Street
Suite: 400
Boston, MA, 02108
Law Office of Matthew Peterson
15 Church Street
Salem, MA, 01970
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Driving on a Suspended License
I was pulled over without realizing or having notice of my license being suspended and am facing a criminal charge due to this. I was understandably confused and very stressed about what I could be facing after looking online and seeing the worst possible outcomes. I looked around and was referred to Mr. Peterson. He quickly responded to my inquiry on his site and set up a free consultation call to talk about the matter, he very quickly explained how to deal with the situation and explained it was nothing close to what my worst fears were, he was also quick to explain that I don’t need a lawyer for this situation and he would feel bad talking my money for such a simple situation. He also followed up after our call to answer a couple more questions that I thought of afterwards and has been fantastic throughout this whole experience. Not wanting to take my money and telling me exactly what to say at my summons hearing speaks more to his character than anything else he could have done in my opinion.
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Posted by Matthew | May 31, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer.
Great lawyer. Professional and prompt. Great to work with, and very attentive. 10/10 would use again!
Posted by Faisal | May 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Oui dismissed
Matthew is a rockstar he saved my life! I was charged with an OUI on 11/27/2021. Matthew worked tirelessly to see this case through and all charges were dismissed. Always showed up, stayed in touch and updated me regularly. I recommend Matthew to anyone that finds themselves facing criminal charges.
Posted by Chad | February 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Client!
Matthew and his office helped us out last year in what could have been a sticky situation. His assessment of the case and possible outcomes was spot-on and, as things turned out, the resolution could not have been better. He is clearly a gifted attorney, who understands the law and how to advocate for his clients. We were so glad we chose him to represent us and would do so again, if the need ever arises.
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Posted by Lionel | February 13, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the best
Attorney Matthew Peterson understand people's problems. He always makes himself available to answer any questions the client might have. He's the best of the best.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer for a fair price with excellent knowledge
Hired Matthew to help me with an immigration adjustment of status case. He was knowledgeable about the process and helped me every step of the way with amazing results.
Posted by Emmanuel Cabrera | October 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service/results
Wow wow wow!!! Thank you Matthew. I really can’t thank you enough. Thank you for helping me through this difficult long process, and for ensuring the best possible outcome on my behalf. I am so grateful to you for representing me in court, and for being a powerful advocate for me throughout these difficult times. Thank you so much for your passionate, thoughtful, and brilliant work. I definitely recommend anyone going through a court case to contact Matthew Peterson. Also always one call/text away. Very fast responding
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Posted by BRUNO | July 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
I highly recommend Matthew .he was very professional and effective, He worked diligently on my case and got it dismissed very quickly.
Response from Matthew Peterson July 20, 2022
Thank you, Bruno! It was an honor to help.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket Dismissed!
I highly recommend Attorney Peterson for representation when fighting a Speeding Ticket. Matthew represented me in a Virtual Magistrate Hearing and helped me win my case! He was very professional and articulate - able to state my case and recount the events of the evening in addition to telling my personal story. The clerk stated that she can see I was taking the violation seriously by hiring counsel to represent me and the ticket was dismissed!
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Posted by Diego | April 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer in Boston
Great lawyer would highly recommend jury came back not guilty on all charges took less then half hour to get a virdict
Posted by Will | March 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long Lost Immigration Documents
Matthew was able to track down some elusive achieved immigration documents for our family. Communication with him was clear, professional, and pithy. I would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Farah Yusuf | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome service.
Lawyer Mattew W Peterson is one of the best and the way he explains the case the beginning was clear and concise. He is a great fighter like a champion. I give him a 5 star rating...Lastley, he's a scholar and a gentleman. I will definitely recommend anyone who has come across or need a criminal defense lawyer Mattew W Peterson. God-bless you Matthew.
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Posted by Brandon | February 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing incredible lawyer highly recommend this guy
Extremely professional and kind man extremely satisfied with his service would recommend to family and friends without hesitation
Posted by Giovanni | December 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew Peterson helped me through out my hard times
About a year and a half ago, I underwent one of the worst experiences in my life. I caught some pretty serious charges, and Matthew helped me get through them. Through out every court hearing and every appointment, he always kept me updated on the happenings of my case, he would always explain to me in laymen’s terms, everything that was going on in the court room. He would explain in detail my legal options, and the possible outcomes of my different legal options. I was confident that he was working hard on my case. We were fully prepared to go to trial, but ultimately every charge was eventually dismissed. My family and I are extremely grateful and appreciative of his hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
Helped with case and was able to communicate effectively also helping with future immigration case.
Posted by Vando | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Go-To lawyer!
Helped me on my case, really listened to me and came out with a good defense strategy!
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy
Hes very knowledgeable, and super attentive. Straight forward and very professional. Will get the job done by any means.
Posted by Rahul | November 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer who will cater to your needs in a very professional, courteous, and responsive manner.
Mr. Peterson is a great lawyer who understands his clients' needs and caters to them accordingly. He is very professional and courteous; making you feel very comfortable in discussing your situation and needs. The icing on the cake is that he is very responsive, and will immediately clarify all your doubts and queries via phone or email. He successfully handled my case, and helped me in obtaining my green card with a quick turnaround. Other lawyers usually ask for a non-refundable consultation fee of $250 and upwards, which in my opinion is very pressurizing and makes you feel like they're taking advantage of your situation; but here you don't have to worry about any consultation fees. Overall, amazing service and he deserves a 5 star review.
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Posted by Lovan | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and approachable
Matthew was phenomenal in assisting me through a complicated, opaque process. He used multiple communication channels to ensure that I was always up date. His most valuable skill was explaining the complexity in a simple manner. This allowed me to understand the practical aspects of what was happening and the possible repercussions of options.
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Posted by Shemara | August 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Case
Attorney Peterson has been nothing but the greatest! He knows to communicate well and helped me understand the things I did not know. I highly recommend his representation, he will get you results!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson
  • 2016 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Circuit Judge Roderick P. Stout
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Student Attorney
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Intern
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Student Attorney
  • Harvard Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • Law Office of Howard Friedman
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • Jeff Deen Law PC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Student Attorney
  • Harvard Defenders
  • 2011 - 2015
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Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • University of South Alabama
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Trafficking Charges - Suppression Granted
  • Dismissed after Motion to Suppress Granted
  • OUI Case - Not Guilty in Bench Trial
  • Not guilty after bench trial
  • Theft, Firearm Charge
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial
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Associations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 40 under 40
  • American Institute of Trial Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Defender of the Year
  • Harvard Defenders
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Peterson works hard for his clients and provides high quality representation to everyone he represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Peterson on several matters, each time impressed with his grasp of the issues and focus. He is a very capable and committed advocate. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Peterson is an experienced and dedicated practitioner whose thoroughness in every aspect of legal representation sets him apart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I've worked with Matthew for years, first as his supervisor at the public defenders office and then as a lawyer in the community. He is a thoughtful and aggressive advocate who provides the best possible defense to his clients. I expect him to have a long and successful career and I do not hesitate to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Peterson is a dedicated, phenomenal lawyer. I recommend him to any one without hesitation, for he always commits himself to obtaining the best result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is an excellent young criminal defense lawyer. He’s top level in competence, knowledge, and totally committed to advocacy on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peterson is a consummate professional. It is a pleasure to work in the same courtroom. I have found him to be prepared to handle his matters, well-versed in the law, and dedicated to the interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Attorney Peterson for criminal defense cases. Attorney Peterson is a hard-working, bright Attorney with a keen understanding of criminal defense work. I recommend Attorney Peterson for criminal defense cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Peterson is hard-working, knowledgeable and talented in his areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Matthew Peterson. Matthew advocates tirelessly for his clients and does not shy away from a courtroom. He is competent and detail-oriented. As a colleague, he is professional and friendly. I would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone in search of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a great lawyer. Intelligent and personable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew fights for his clients and is an intelligent, impressive lawyer both in and out of the courtroom."
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew Whiddon Peterson
Matthew Whiddon Peterson
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 8 years