Skip to main content

Richard J. Sweeney

Criminal defense Attorney at Quincy, MA

5.0   41 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    All Crimes including Drug, Rape, Robbery, Child Porn & Internet crimes to College Student issues. Retired Boston Police Drug Unit Sgt. now defense attorney we have successfully tried cases from murder, rape drug trafficking to resolving traffic tickets. Extensive experience in drug cases involving trafficking, distributing and search warrant cases. When experience counts you need a firm that has an outstanding reputation & the personal concern you need for your problem. We handle all crimes.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Intelligent, experienced and aggressive defense of dui cases. Extensive knowledge of police practices in this area that could lead to a verdict of NOT GUILTY.

    24 years

  3. Sex crime
    30%
    Recognized as one of the top firms in Child Pornography and Sex Crimes. In Massachusetts and most other states, convicted sex offenders are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). This is one of the worst consequences of a sex crime conviction. Even misdemeanor sex offenses require SORB registration for 20 years, even if you were a juvenile at the time you committed the offense. Call us now.

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    You need someone with experience and knowledge of police practices in this area involving the use of speed traps and speed guns.

    24 years

AVVO HIGHEST RATING AND 2021 BOSTON MAGAZINE TOP LAYWER! CRIMINAL DEFENSE, OUIS, DRUG & SEX CRIMES, CHILD PORN, TRAFFIC TICKETS. CALL TODAY.

AVVO CLIENT CHOICE AWARD EVERY YEAR!!  AWARDED BOSTON MAGAZINE'S TOP LAWYER 2021.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND PROVEN ABILITY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR CRIMINAL CASE.  DRUNK OR DRUGGED DRIVING, SEX CRIMES INCLUDING CHILD PORN AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DRUG CRIMES AND SEARCH WARRANT CASES.  HIRE AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY.  MY FIRM ALSO HAS EXCELLENT ATTORNEYS FOR DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW ISSUES. 

When you are faced with serious criminal charges you better take the time to find a firm that has the experience and the knowledge to help you when jail is a possibility.  We have successfully handled drunk driving, sex crimes, white collar crimes, drug crimes, internet crimes, child pornography charges and all major felonies in both Federal and State Courts.  Sweeney & Associates is a full service firm that can handle all of your problems within the firm.  Why hire a single attorney when you can hire a whole firm for the same money?  When you or your family have a problem select an attorney who has the knowledge and skill to help you win the case.  Our firm, Sweeney & Associates, is a highly respected firm and well known in legal circles in the Greater Boston area.  Most importantly we are highly skilled, knowledgeable in the law and have extensive experience in criminal cases ranging from traffic tickets to murder.  We have successfully handled thousands of cases in both the District Courts and Superior Courts and will continue to zealously represent every client that retains us.  We understand that being accused of a crime is a traumatic event for you and your family and we take the time and effort to explain the process and do everything we can to achieve a dismissal or a Not Guilty in your case.  The majority of our cases are referrals from former clients, their families and other attorneys who do not handle criminal cases. 

 A well respected local firm is invaluable when dealing with police, judges and district attorneys who impact how your case is handled in any particular court.  Look carefully at attorneys who have references from attorneys in OTHER states.    

 As the principal of this firm I have extensive experience in criminal cases involving murder, drugs, sex offenses, child pornography, rape, robbery, trafficking, and other felonies as well as cases involving domestic violence, drunk driving, minors in possession of alcohol and other related matters. As a retired Boston Police Drug Unit Sergeant I have extensive experience in drug cases involving possession, distribution, trafficking and cases involving search warrants and seizures.  I also successfully handle appeals of traffic citations and sex offender registry classifications at all levels. Many Boston attorneys who have business clients in need of assistance for themselves or family on matters involving the police or courts recommend my expertise for their clients. 

I was born and raised in the Dorchester section of Boston. I graduated from Boston Latin School (‘76) and then went on to earn my degrees from Suffolk University and New England School of Law. I retired from the Boston Police where I served in the Special Operations Unit and as a Sergeant commanding one of Boston’s Drug Units. I spent 20 years working the streets and utilized this expertise to lecture Police Officers and Recruits at Police Academies and Colleges throughout the state, including Boston and surrounding towns, for over ten years. I was an instructor for the Mass. Criminal Justice Training Council in Criminal and Motor Vehicle laws, Warrants, Search and Seizures, Interrogations, Crime Scene and Evidence Collection as well as Drug Laws and Domestic Violence. I also lectured emergency room nurses and physicians on Domestic Violence, Sex Offenses and other related issues gaining a network of resources in police departments and hospitals throughout the state. 

I am a member of the Quincy and Norfolk Bar Association and I am a Past President of the Bar Association of Norfolk County as well as the former Judicial Liaison to the Norfolk County District Courts. I also served as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and chair several other committees. I served on the MBA's Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments from 2013-2019.  I am an active member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys. Married with 2 children I am a past member of Westwood’s Finance Commission.  I referee ice hockey and have coached both youth hockey and baseball for over twenty years.

 When you absolutely need a top rated law firm for your problem contact me at or email   When it's important to you, it's important to me.  All matters are handled by our firm and me individually with the assistance of my legal staff for your benefit.  We don't ask our clients for public accolades, they are more than happy to return home and get out of the spotlight.  Let us help you go home when the case is over.  Help me to help you help yourself!

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2019,2017,2015
Client's Choice
2021 2019 2017 + 1 ...

Photos and videos

Location

Sweeney & Associates, LLC
225 West Squantum St.
Suite 100
Quincy, MA, 02171
Sweeney & Associates, LLC
785 Washington Street
Suite 11b
Canton, MA, 02021
Richard J. Sweeney
Washington Street
Westwood, MA, 02090
Hide locations

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Yuri | November 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
Richard Sweeney was highly recommended to me by a mutual friend, I called him over the weekend on a DUI case and he promply met with me. Thought the process he explained my options and even won the case. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing an attorney in the Boston Area.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best
Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. From the moment I spoke with Attorney Sweeney and his paralegal, Maureen, I knew he would be the one to help me in one of the most stressful moments of my life. He was professional, personable, and incredibly effective in ensuring my record wasn’t tarnished by false claims. I can’t thank him and his team enough, and I would recommend him in any defense situation.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
We highly recommend hiring Richard as your attorney. Without his knowledge, skills and expertise, our family would have suffered tremendously. He fights for you from start to finish and utilizes all resource to yield the best outcome one can get. In addition to his proficiencies, he is a caring and compassionate person which makes him stand out. Thank you Richard for being there for us. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for you.
Read less
Posted by Brian | August 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Fierce Advocates
I didn’t know what to expect when I met with attorney Sweeney at first. But he was immediately honest and upfront about what would happen and what was in my best interest. Throughout the entire process both attorney Sweeney and attorney Bonanno were always there and prepared me for what to expect. If you want someone who will work with you, advocate for your best interests and fight for you then you should hire them.
Read less
Posted by Sheila | January 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable
Rick was incredibly helpful to us over the past several months. He responded to our initial call right away, explained the process we'd be going through very clearly, and reassured us at every step. He's very knowledgeable and experienced, having successfully handled similar cases to ours many times. Our situation was resolved with as little stress as possible, thanks to Rick. We highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by Ryan | November 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer for defense in negligible driving case
I contacted Rick before my arraignment for negligent driving. He was able to quickly get in touch with the ADA in Woburn court and find out the details of my case in very short notice. He was able to push my arraignment date back and come to an agreement with the ADA to have my case dismissed prior to arraignment by only taking a state driving course. Rick was easily reachable the entire two months during my case process and did everything he could to make it as easy as possible for me. He was able to explain all aspects of my case and the court process to me so it was easily understandable so I could make my own decisions on his courses of action. I am obviously very happy with the result of my case and Rick was the main reason for the favorable results for me. On top of being helpful and knowledgeable about my case he was very kind with his time and was very personable. I would recommend Rick to anyone who needs a defense lawyer.
Read less
Posted by Nabil | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, knowledgeable and straight to the point.
I hired attorney Sweeney in November 2021. At our meeting, he listened carefully, asked the right questions, laid the plan ahead and reassured me of what can ,and can not, be done. Attorney Sweeney answered all my follow up questions and always answered my unannounced phone calls. Attorney Sweeney was very honest with me, he is very knowledgeable and committed to his clients. His representation in court was flawless and diplomatic. I would hire attorney Sweeney in the future.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation on a tough case
I was wrongfully charged of rape and I went through hell. Attorney Sweeney and his team treated me with respect and dove right into the case. They were able to show a lot of inconsistencies and the case was dropped when these were shown to the accuser. I highly recommend him. Not the cheapest but he is the best.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Richard was professional, succinct and supportive. Most importantly, we just had our court hearing and the clerk dismissed the case. Successful conclusion.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Timely advice
Attorney Sweeney provided valuable advice and was able to help me out on short notice. I will seek his counsel again if needed.
Response from Richard Sweeney August 20, 2021
I'm happy we were able to assist. Best wishes.
Posted by William | January 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.Rick Sweeney is fantastic with his knowlege of the court system.
Mr.Sweeney,had heard that for the last 2 yrs.trying to resolve my daughter's Default warrant from 3 yrs ago.I made numrous calls to clerks,probation ,DA,and understandable with covoid.Mr.Sweeney in 1 day had us in front of the judge to resolve this matter.Due to his expertise as a lawyer and Police officer ,he has vast knowledge of the criminal justice system.He at the end of getting her 90 days probation .He at the end because of his Expertise asked the judge to dismiss the felony of A+B over 65 which he did as it was her 1st run in with the law.I highly recomend mr.Sweeney because of his kindness and sharpness navigating the courts and his track record is great!!!!
Read less
Posted by Ed | January 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Law Firm
I got tied into a very messy criminal case with 2 serious felony charges against me. I hired the law firm of Sweeney and associates at the recommendation of a good friend (who was an assistant DA in Suffolk County). Rick Sweeney and Sabrina Bonanno were a great team for me. I had to go to court 16 times before these charges got dismissed. Either Rick or Sabrina showed up on time, all 16 times and on several occasions they both were there for me. Their were several other defendants in this case and ALL of them had their lawyer at least once no-show at their court appearance because they went to another court appearance, some of them no-showed several times. Rick and Sabrina were very thorough, spending many hours questioning me in there office and doing their own research on this case, making sure they had all of the information they needed to get the felony charges dismissed. I'd like to thank Rick and Sabrina for all the hard work they put into my case and of course for getting the felony charges dismissed. Sorry this review took so long to write, I guess I just wanted to forget the whole ordeal and put it behind me.
Read less
Response from Richard Sweeney January 30, 2020
Happy we were able to resolve it Ed. Thanks for your patience as it played out.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I was given a ticket for driving over 90 via LIDAR during a medical emergency. Attorney Sweeney advised me on what evidence to obtain and guided me through the hearing. He presented my case for me and I was found not responsible. He was a great lawyer and would highly recommend him
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific
I hired Attorney Sweeney to handle my accident case which included a negligent driving citation due to medical condition. He was extremely responsive, personable and always available. He made me feel confident in my case and with his expertise we had a favorable outcome. He is a terrific attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard Sweeney
I retained Rick Sweeney to guide me through the difficulties and unknown that come with the court system, His time a police officer, then as a lawyer give him the understanding, intelligence and tact that is needed. Rick worked hard to enlighten us of our options what his realistic goals for the outcome were. Rick's diligence lead to the positive outcome His office was professional, helpful, and extremely sympathetic.
Read less
Posted by Sarah | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Felt completely confident in Richards ability to handle the task. Highly recommended!!
Posted by Jay | March 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Realtor
Richard Sweeney has been a good friend and lawyer for some years now. His work ethic and professionalism is beyond what I expected. He is very informative on how the legal system works on every level and provided the guidance necessary for the best results. He is a good friend, family man, and lawyer. I would highly recommend.
Posted by George | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy and great lawyer!
I have known Richard Sweeney personally and professionally for over twenty years. My opinion of his character and work is of the highest level. He simply "dug in" and did what was right to further my interests. He understands how the legal system works on every level and provided the guidance necessary for the best results. He is a dedicated family man and lawyer. In my particular legal matter he achieved results that exceeded my expectations.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and very successful
I highly recommend Mr Sweeney and his firm. He provided the legal services our family needed during a very stressful and difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Commpassionate
Attorney Sweeney was extremely helpful arbitrating a settlement when I was being harassed. It was an extremely difficult time and he handled it professionally and with compassion. I would never hesitate to call him in the future for any legal needs.
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sergeant - Drug Unit
  • Boston Police Department
  • 1983 - 1996
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Boston Emergency Medical Services Ambulance
  • 1978 - 1983

Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Suffolk University
  • Bachelors
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v Client Name Withheld
  • Nolle Prosequi
  • Comm v Client name Withheld
  • Nolle Prosequi
  • Comm v Client Name Withheld
  • Not Guilty
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Quincy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County
  • President-Elect
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Norfolk County Prosecutor's Association
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Public Relations Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Bench/Bar Relations Committee
  • Chairman of the District Courts Bench Bar Committee
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2003 - 2014
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Boston magazine Top Lawyers™ 2021 – Criminal Defense
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best DUI Lawyer in Boston
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Bar Register Of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Bar Register Of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Cali Award - Top Student in Mass Practice
  • New England Law - Boston
  • 2000
  • Theodore Roosevelt Award
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association
  • 1993
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Community Policing
  • Guest Class Lecturer
  • 2016
  • Community Policing
  • Guest Class Lecturer
  • 2012
  • Community Policing
  • Guest Class Lecturer
  • 2011
  • Community Policing
  • Guest Class Lecturer
  • 2010
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Richard
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I HIGHLY endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sweeney took time out of his busy schedule to give me necessary info on RMV policies and MA law. I was in court here in NC representing a MA driver who faced some serious traffic charges- and I didn't want to do anything here which would cause her problems in her home state. I called his office and Mr. Sweeney assured me that my defense strategy was sound and I went back into the courtroom feeling confident rather than concerned for my client's well-being once her court case had concluded. THANK YOU RICHARD!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I don't hesitate to refer clients to Attorney Sweeney. Attorney Sweeney is very knowledgeable and well respected in his practice areas. Attorney Sweeney gives his cases and clients his all and exudes great confidence in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rick since he was in law school. I have suggested him to many potential clients and fellow members of the bar for years. I have consulted with him on difficult matters. Rick is excellent in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sweeney has extensive experience in successfully representing clients in criminal matters and motor vehicle related infractions. Believe what he tells you and do what he directs you to do."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements
Workers compensation
Criminal defense
Litigation
Landlord or tenant
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Estate planning
Criminal defense
Criminal defense