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Melvin Alanson Heard

Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   138 reviews

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About Melvin

Learn Melvin’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Speeding and traffic ticket
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    Speeding Tickets All Motor Vehicle Citations/Tickets Clerk Magistrate Hearings Clerk Magistrate Appeals (Judge) Commercial Driver's License Hardship License Registry of Motor Vehicle Hearings and Appeals

    16 years

15 YEARS OF STATEWIDE COURT EXPERIENCE 

OVER 90+ WINNING TRIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS

GUEST LECTURER: SUFFOLK UNIVERISTY LAW SCHOOL ON HOW TO DEFEND CLIENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS COURTS

GUEST LECTURER: NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF LAW ON HOW TO DEFEND CLIENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS COURTS

PUBLISHED AUTHOR: 13 BYLINED ARTICLES IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE                                             

PUBLISHED AUTHOR: NAVAL LAW REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State MA
Status Suspended
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/26/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

Contact Melvin

Heard Law Office
90 Canal Street
Boston, MA, 02114

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Mel is fantastic. The police officer provided false information and Mel guided me through the entire process. He worked directly with the court to get me the best possible outcome, and my case was fully dismissed.
Posted by Andrew | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank goodness for Melvin Heard
I hired Mr. Heard for a speeding ticket on the Mass Pike. Thank goodness I did. After contesting the ticket, I never received my court date. Turns out they said they mailed me (I never got it) and found me guilty when I didn’t show. Melvin Heard not only successfully appealed, but managed to have me found ‘Not Responsible’ at the rescheduled hearing. Worth every penny!
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Posted by Jeevith | May 31, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Beat JOL Speeding ticket
The best lawyer ever. Melvin was able to beat and unbeatable case, according to every other lawyer I called, a 75 in a 50 on a junior operator license. This meant I was facing a suspension and a bunch of other issues. Melvin took this to court and really wiped the floor with them and got me off with a not responsive finding. Not only did we win in court but he was also extremely nice and easy to work with and is a great guy overall.
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Posted by Tony Montana | May 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
Assisted me in removing speeding violation 88 on 65. Driving back from drake concert for my daughters birthday.
Posted by Matthew | May 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Melvin was incredibly helpful and was able to get both of my charges dismissed from the magistrate. He was professional and personable and was a joy to work with. I was impressed with how he handled himself in the hearing and it was a simple process. I would definitely recommend him because it was well worth hiring him instead of risking possible points on my license and insurance rates increasing. Thanks again Melvin.
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Posted by Peng | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Boston
Mr Heard helped me, cuz I’m driving my friend’s car without insurance, It’s my first time in a case need to go to a court, I’m really afraid at that time, Mr Heard helped me analyze the case and enlightened me to know this case rationally, he helped me a lot, I’m really appreciate that.
Posted by Gregg | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Uxbridge and Brockton district courts
I hired Atty. Melvin Heard. Melvin represented me at the Uxbridge district court. When he got up to the podium to represent me here, his name spoke for himself in the repor he has with this Court. I was found Not Responsible on both charges after getting a small lecture from the Clerk Magistrate. I just kept my cool and let Melvin do his job. This Court knew I had another case pending in Brockton and I still made off fairly well, considering I am CDL driver . In Brockton, it wasn't so easy with the CM there, but he was able to negotiate with the state police and CM for me to take an online driving class and I would be found NR for that too. One thing I will add is try to consult with him prior to getting to discuss and wait to be called from the Pew, as attorneys cases are called before everyone else's. Other than that, I hope I don't have to see him again, but should the need arises, he will always be my first and only call in Massachusetts for a CMVI. Thank you Soo much, Atty. Heard.
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Posted by Zoe | April 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pulled over by State Police
I received my first speeding ticket a couple of months ago, I was a nervous wreck when I was pulled over by a state police, since I didn't know what to expect . After some research I decided to dispute the ticket, and that is how I bumped in to Melvin. He was extremely calm thru the whole process, and very knowledgeable. He was very confident at what he was doing, so it was reassuring to me as well, and to know that I was in good hands. He's punctual, he took time to answer my questions and listen to my concerns. If you were pulled over... hire Atty Melvin Heard and DISPUTE the ticket! Its so worth it!
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Posted by Nicholas | March 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All 3 VIOLATION 95 in 45, marked lanes,not having license in possession
Attorney MELVIN HEARD made sure that I was well prepared for the judges appeal. My VIOLATION follow License not in possession $40 fine. Marked lane violation $105 fine. Going 95mph in a Posted 45mph a $505 fine. Was worth every dollar and will HIRE MELVIN HEARD AGAIN IF and WHEN I get a ticket thank you and Attorney Heard from N.G. Each AND EVERY VIOLATION all 3 got dismissed
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Posted by Wang | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I have ever dealt with
I was charged with speeding amongst other things and contacted Melvin immediately. Communication was great and he had answers to all my questions. At the end of the case, all charges were dismissed!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
38 in 25 zone - dismissed
Visiting Boston on business trip, got pulled over on my way from the airport to a nearby hotel. Officer used laser beam and claimed I did 38 on 25 mph zone which means automatic conviction at MA. I can swear I didn’t drive fast but let’s face it it’s my word against the officer’s word - what are the chances? Luckily I ran across Attorney Heard, after short text exchange (he’s very responsive) we scheduled to speak, great conversation , very informative , highly professional . As someone out of state it was a big hassle to return just for the hearing, but after speaking with att Heard I had no doubts I can trust his professionalism. Before the hearing we had another prep call, next time we met was at the court house. I had the “pleasure” to sit at the court room through most of the hearings and be called last ... DO NOT try it without a lawyer, don’t try it without att Heard! Every thing Melvin told me at the prep call turned right, people trying to dismiss the officer ruling were automatically convicted. Melvin’s arguments were accurate, non argumentative but yet he was able to convince the magistrate to dismiss my ticket! What are the chances? apparently very high if you hire att Melvin Heard. Good luck!
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Posted by Steve | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
65 in 55 - dismissed!
Attorney Melvin Heard was very detailed with the preparation. we spoke a number of times before the court date to understand the situation and get my background. He has made a very compelling case for dismissal. Awesome work! I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clutch
If you don't want to read this entire review and all the details of my situation, I will start with the conclusion: If I ever receive another moving violation, Melvin will be my first and only call. If you do, here you go: I received a traffic ticket alleging 75 in a 45. I contacted Melvin regarding representation. Overall he was excellent in helping me navigate the process, was kind and considerate. The process involved first a clerk's hearing, where we were ruled against, and then a judges appeal. At the judges appeal, Melvin's expertise made the difference. The preparation he provided me with prior to the Judges Appeal allowed me to effectively testify and turned what would otherwise have been a stressful situation into one that was relatively straight forward. His questioning of the ticketing officer revealed inconsistencies in the officers testimony. In the end, the Judge ruled in my favor. I have no doubt that without Melvin there is little to no chance I would have effectively represented myself. Just to make anyone reading this review aware, if there is one potential nitpick to Melvin, it is that his skill set makes demand for his time very high, and because he genuinely wants to help everyone he can there are times that he be a little difficult to get a hold of. Do not be off put by it. At every point that really mattered, especially at the Judges Appeal he came through, which is why I titled this review 'clutch'. So I'll end with this, again, If I ever receive another moving violation, Melvin will be my first and only call.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket dismissed in 5 minutes !!
Attorney Melvin Heard helped me to fight a traffic ticket. From information I provided, he select a critical ones and present to Magistrate in very clear way. Within 5 minutes ticket was dismissed !!! Highly recommend.
Posted by Erik | February 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and effective
Melvin somehow managed to get me off the hook for a yellow light ticket on our first visit to court. He did the same thing for my friend who I referred to him. He knows what he’s doing and I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Ralph | February 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
He did an excellent job by getting to know me a little and turned it into an impressive way to present me to the clerk and get the charges dismissed within less than 5 minutes.
Posted by Dan | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got me clear of two violations- saved me 350 in fines and 4pts!
Attorney Heard was attentative, compassionate and knowledgeable in my situation, and the steps it would take to fight a speeding ticket and missing front plate violation. Through his expertise and guidance, both violations were dismissed; with zero fines and zero points. Could not be happier with his counsel or the outcome- would definitely recommend and hire again!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
License Reinstated
Attorney Heard came highly recommended by another attorney. I had been trying to obtain the best possible outcome. Attorney Heard did not hesitate to take on my unusually intricate and complicated case. He is knowledgeable and confident and wanted the best for my career. The court date was very surreal for me because I never thought I would see the day where this would finally come to an end, and it did. I am so deeply grateful to Attorney Heard for his determination and integrity in handling my case. He specializes in his field. I highly recommend Attorney Heard.
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Posted by Kyle | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pure Genius.
I would not hesitate to use Melvin again, I was doing 90mph in a 45mph zone and he got my case dismissed. Melvin cares, he wants to win. He will not back down when it comes to taking your case to trial. He put together an excellent defense, and is worth every single penny. Don't look elsewhere!!!
Posted by Badr | January 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience!
I had the pleasure of doing business with Melvin with a successful result. He is very cordial, professional and knowledgeable in his domain. I appreciated him taking the time to guide me through the whole process and make the right decisions to achieve the desired result. I would highly recommend him for anyone who wants to challenge a speeding/traffic ticket.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 6.0 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Suspension issued in MA, 2019
updated on 03/11/2021

This status means that an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Heard Law Office
  • 2007 - Present
  • County Appointed Attorney
  • Middlesex County Courts
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Boston, Ma
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Steven Kim
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Banking and Finance Associate
  • Riemer & Braunstein, LLP
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean for a Day
  • Boston College Law School
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Substance Use Abuse, and Addiction Cases in District Court: Strategies and an Experiential Approach
  • 2015
  • New England School of Law
  • Substance Use Abuse, and Addiction Cases in District Court: Strategies and an Experiential Approach
  • 2015
  • Law Firm Preparation
  • How To Be a Superstar Summer Associate
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

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Given (23)
Endorse Melvin
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Melvin is a great traffic ticket lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melvin is a good lawyer to consult with if you think you may need his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Friend
"Mel is an extremely diligent and competent attorney. He is very knowledgeable about the law and works hard for his clients. I have personally recommended him to family in need of his services. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mel is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I worked with Mel on a co-defendant criminal matter. Thanks to Mel's legal mind and work ethic, we were successful with our Motion to Suppress Evicence, and the case against Mel's client was dismissed."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Attorney Heard both as opposing counsel when he was an assistant district attorney and as co-counsel on a criminal matter involving two co-defendants. In both instances Attorney Heard was an outstanding advocate. I'd recommend Attorney Heard on any criminal matter without reservation. He is a very competent and an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Represented co-defendants with Attorney Heard and he and I successfully argued a motion to suppress evidence relative to an illegal traffic stop. A well seasoned criminal lawyer who is very well respected in the courts around greater boston and beyond."
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Boston Speeding and traffic ticket Lawyer Melvin Alanson Heard
Melvin Alanson Heard
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
Boston, MA
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details