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Lawrence James Christopher

Criminal defense Attorney at Chelsea, MA

5.0   33 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1995
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    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lawrence

Learn Lawrence’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Former prosecutor and experienced trial attorney who provides expert representation.

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Former prosecutor and experienced trial attorney who provides expert representation.

    28 years, 500 cases

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Attorney Christopher is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a former prosecutor in Suffolk County , Norfolk County and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Attorney Christopher has  prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor cases during his time as a prosecutor in both Norfolk and Suffolk Counties at both the district and superior court level, including motor vehicle homicide, possession and distribution of narcotics, assault and battery, domestic assault and battery, possession of firearms and operating under the influence, assault with intent to murder, trafficking controlled substances and possession of firearms.

His current caseload includes handling criminal defense matters in courts throughout the Commonwealth from clerk's hearings and arraignments through motions and trials.  His extensive courtroom experience makes him a valuable lawyer to have on your side in any criminal matter.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2014
Client's Choice
2016 2014

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Massoud | June 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great service, extensive knowledge, and taking care of his clients
Thank you for your excellent services! As an immigrant, even my English is not perfect, but he saved me. Attorney Christopher has extensive knowledge and always responsive. He really takes care of his clients even after the case is done. He goes above and beyond the expectation to protect his clients. I followed his recommendations, and I am good now. I really recommend you attorney Lawrence Christopher. Thank you Lawrence!, thank you, thank you, thank you......
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Posted by Tom | April 17, 2021
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Thank you, Lonnie!
Lonnie was very attentive to my concerns when I met him for the first time and we discussed my case. After deciding to hire him, I would receive emails and texts frequently with updates. I cannot thank him enough for both the outcome of my case, and for not letting me go though this alone. I would highly recommend Lonnie for anyone facing legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
We recently hired Attorney Christopher to help us with a very personal matter and he was excellent at his job. He made us feel very comfortable and helped us through a difficult time. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Lonnie is an excellent attorney, he prepares, assures, and explains things in plain language. You feel confident with him on your side.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer! He helped me to get my life back!!!
I’ve found myself in a very bad situation which I was being charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. When I spoke to Lawrence for the first time I felt confident right away that he would do the best on my case. After a couple court dates he got a deal which I was going to be drug and alcohol free with testing for 9 months. After 6 months Lawrence filed a motion which lifted the drug testing for the remaining period and at the end of the 9 months all charges were dismissed! I can’t thank him enough and I will highly recommend him to anyone who is going though some trouble.
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Posted by David | September 1, 2019
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100% satisfied
Lawrence was recommended highly to me and because of this I had high expectations, he absolutely blew away my expectations. He really cares and under promised and over delivered. I would never use anyone else. 100% satisfied
Posted by David S | December 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best outcome I could have ever asked for, all charges Dissmissed!!
Attorney Christopher was recommended to me by a close friend. I live far out of state and had a some old cases come back to haunt me when I went to renew my drivers license. I contacted Attorney Christopher by phone and explained my situation. From the first conversation I knew he was going to be they lawyer for me. From the start he knew just how to proceed. It took about a year to finally resolve the cases I had pending, the reason it took that long, it was ME holding up the process. In the end I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. He was able to get all my charges, 2 DWI's and other minor charges associated with them all dismissed!! I paid a small court fee but nothing compared to what 2 DWI's on my record would have cost me for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend his services. Thank you again Attorney Christopher.
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Posted by Elizabeth | January 1, 2018
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A Big Success
I hired Attorney Christopher after police contacted me I had hit two parked cars causing minor damage. Problem was I panicked left the scene--the night was rainy foggy and I fled wanting to get home.This was, of course a big mistake! I was summoned to court and hired Attorney Christopher at suggestion of a friend. He was an enormous help. He was able to get the case dismissed before arraignment once he verified that I had paid for damages. As a result my driving record is unblemished and an enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I am most grateful!
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Posted by Jose | November 20, 2017
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Awesome
Christopher is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend him. I was charged with an OUI in Winthrop. From the beginning he had a plan on how to proceed at trial and he was always available to talk. We went to trial at the BMC and I was found not guilty. I could not be happier
Posted by Brian | October 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Mr, Christopher did a very thorough and extensive review of my case. He clearly guided me through the process and made sure that we were on the winning side. He was excellent when it came to communication. I can be tough to get a hold of, but he was always available and accommodating of my schedule. His legal acumen is excellent. I hope to never need his services again, but if I did, I would absolutely call him again. I would certainly recommend him to all and any family or friends in need of a proper attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2017
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Straight Shooter
Mr. Christopher is an excellent lawyer. He helped me get the best possible outcome in my case, which took place at Boston Municipal Court. He is very fair with his pricing and is not out to squeeze as much money out of his clients as possible. He does not just tell you what you want to hear, instead he tells you exactly what he thinks and his honesty is much appreciated. He is always available to talk and he truly cares about his clients. He also has many years of experience and relationships with other lawyers, prosecutors, and judges which is very helpful. I would recommend Mr. Christopher to anyone who has found them self in a difficult situation and needs and attorney who is professional and trustworthy.
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Posted by Christopher | April 14, 2017
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Excellent Service
I had very positive experience with Attorney Lawrence Christopher. He was very professional and he took the time to explain, step by step, the process I was going through. I had an ongoing dispute with a neighbor who tried to use the courts as another means of harassing me. Lawrence has an excellent professional relationship with local court officials and with local law enforcement. He was able to act as my advocate in court and also as my advocate with local law enforcement to highlight acts of vandalism against my property, which were occurring during this process. He was very easy to contact and work with. I could reach him by phone, text or email. His good work on my case encouraged me to hire him a second time to take care of additional personal legal matters, which he did with the same professionalism as the first matter. I would not hesitate to call him again and I would feel confidant to recommend him to others.
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Posted by Glenn | September 7, 2016
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Lawrence James Christopher
Lawrence was very professional and knowledgeable about the circumstances surrounding my case. He was able to successfully get my case dismissed and kept my driving record clean.
Posted by Kell | September 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great guy to work with!!!
Lawrence was very pleasant to work with, he did in depth research to prove my innocence and he was well worth the coin! Thank you Lawrence!
Posted by Daniel | August 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mr. Christopher was extremely professional, detailed and thorough in the time and work he put into my case. He made me feel like my case was the most important case he had on his desk at all times. He is prompt in responding to any question I had, really made feel like an extension of his family. I thank Mr Christopher for everything he has done for me and my life. I highly recommend him , he is a great lawyer and even better person.
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Posted by Herbert | May 18, 2016
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Great Lawyer!
I highly recommend Attorney Lawrence. The level of professionalism was amazing. From the first phone call I knew I had come to the right place. Lawrerence was always there to answer any of my question with my case from beginning to end. Thank you, Mr Lawrence.
Posted by Jeremy | February 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice for Defense Lawyer
I found myself in a very difficult situation with charges ranging from resisting arrest and assault and battery while intoxicated. I was referred to Attorney Christopher and I am very glad that I chose him for my specific case. He is very knowledgeable and was straight forward with every step. I felt as though there was always a plan going forward. Attorney Christopher convinced the judge to move forward with a continuance without a finding, which I am very thankful for. I would definitely recommend Attorney Christopher if you are in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Alex | July 7, 2015
Excellent Experience with Lawrence Christopher
Earlier this winter, I was arrested and charged with possession of class A, class C, and an expired inspection sticker. I was pulled over in front of a friend’s house taken out of my car and pat frisked, My car was searched then towed to the police station for an additional search and then I was placed under arrest. I was referred to Lawrence Christopher through another attorney. Throughout the whole experience, he was extremely knowledgeable and answered any question I had. He kept me informed so I knew exactly what was going on. He also outlined a defense and the case laws we would use. We filed a motion to suppress in Salem District Court. After a hearing the judge ruled in our favor and granted our motion to suppress. I truly thought my life was destroyed when I was arrested but with Lonnie’s help I beat the case. I am very thankful for his hard work. I would recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by Alan | June 15, 2015
Top Notch
Last October I was arrested and charged with an OUI/ driving to endanger. A good friend of mine suggested Lonnie Christopher and I'm grateful for taking her advice. I was confident to work with Lonnie after our first meeting because he displayed vast knowledge and carried himself in a very professional manner. Lonnie worked with me each step of the way making sure I fully understood the whole process and what approach I should take. He kept me informed and was readily available whenever I had a question. In the end Lonnie Christopher proved in a bench trial that I was not guilty of the OUI. I was also very relieved that lonnie convinced the judge to grant me a continuing without a finding on the driving to endanger, with a short probation period. Lonnie is as sharp as a tack, I cannot express how thankful I am for what he was able to accomplish. I fully recommend Lonnie Christopher to anyone in need of legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2015
OUI Offense/ Great Lawyer
I was stopped at a roadblock, and arrested for an OUI. I was referred to Attorney Christopher by a local police officer. Attorney Christopher reviewed my case, which was complicated, and outlined a strategy. On the positive side, Attorney Christopher submitted a compelling motion, which resulted in the charges being dismissed, and my license reinstated. Attorney Christopher kept me informed, of all aspects of the case, and he was extremely professional and courteous. I will be forever grateful that I can proceed with my life without having a felony on my record. I highly recommend Attorney Christopher to anyone requiring his legal expertise. L.G.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Lawrence Christopher
  • 2003 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Mass. Attorney General's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Suffolk County District Attorney
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Norfolk County District Attorney Office
  • 1995 - 1996
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Salem State College
  • MA - Masters
  • 1990
  • Salem State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • OUI - Newburyport District Court
  • Not Guilty
  • OUI-Chelsea District Court
  • Not Guilty
  • Violation of Restraining Order
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Essex County
  • Attorney Supervisor
  • 2017 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • CAPIC - Real Estate Board. Chelsea MA
  • Board of Directors- Secretary of Board
  • 2006 - Present
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2006 - Present
  • Franklin Hill Coalition
  • Member
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Irish American Law Students Association
  • member
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Phi Alpha Theta- National History Honor Society
  • Member
  • 1989 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Services
  • Franklin Hill Coalition
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Macaronis Institute Of Trial and Appellate Advocacy
  • Difficult Criminal Practice Issues in District Court
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the last eight years I've had the opportunity to observe Attorney Christopher's law practice and to refer cases for him to handle on behalf of my clients. With every referral, Attorney Christopher proves himself an extremely capable attorney, and he resolves cases ranging from the ordinary to the highly complex with professionalism. If a friend or family member needed criminal representation, I would not hesitate to have Attorney Christopher represent them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a civil litigator who does not handle criminal matters, I refer all of my criminal defense matters to Attorney Christopher. I have done so for over 10 years. Attorney Christopher's success rate with my referrals has been phenomenal due to his meticulous preparation, courtroom skills and insider knowledge of our criminal justice system. Attorney Christopher is an aggressive, skilled and creative advocate who finds a way to win. I will continue to send him my criminal defense work and take comfort in knowing that my clients are in very capable hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Christopher has helped many of my clients whom I have referred to him for Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI matters. He's easy to talk with and very knowledgeable in his practice areas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Attorney Christopher. I have made several referrals to Attorney Christopher and received extremely positive feedback from all of them. His experience, intelligence and tenacity make him an excellent attorney to have in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Christopher is an outstanding lawyer who regularly obtains great results for his clients. He is someone other attorneys turn to for advice and is always willing to share his knowledge. I highly recommend Attorney Christopher to anyone seeking legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lonnie Christopher is extremely talented. I have been practicing law for 17 years and I have given his contact info to my own wife, and told her that if I ever get into trouble, this is whom she should call! Lonnie charges extremely reasonable rates for someone of his caliber and experience. I refer almost all of my criminal matters to him, for good reason. I proudly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lonnie and I worked together in the Norfolk District Attorney's Office. Lonnie then went to Suffolk County and then to the Attorney General's Office. He is one of the most knowledgable and capable attorneys that I know. Lonnie has made a seemless transition to Criminal Defense and knows his way around the courts on greater Boston. I have referred several clients to Lonnie and all have been completely satisfied."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When ever one of my family law clients has a problem with the law I send them to Lonnie for a fast and favorable resolution."
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