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Lauren J. Weitzen

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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About Lauren

Learn Lauren’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I represent clients facing criminal allegations of misdemeanors and/or felonies in state court, both in the District Courts and Superior Courts.

    16 years

  2. Domestic violence
    15%

  3. Sex crime
    15%

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%

  5. Drug Crime
    10%

EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTY; 2014-20 SUPER LAWYERS RISING STAR, AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE AWARD ATTORNEY

I am a determined advocate and skilled criminal defense litigator representing individuals facing investigations and charges in state courts across Massachusetts. Prior to joining Lawson & Weitzen in 2014, I was Staff Attorney and a Supervising Attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Public Defender Division, where I gained invaluable trial experience and an intimate knowledge about the inner workings of our criminal justice system. With significant courtroom and trial experience, my extensive knowledge of criminal law and commitment to and zeal for justice enables me to provide clients with strong, unwavering, and effective advocacy.

My experience and familiarity with the often-evolving law allows me to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of available defenses and to advance particular case strategies on behalf of clients. I have represented clients charged with cases ranging from drug offenses, domestic violence, sex crimes, property offenses, to motor vehicle offenses. I also advise clients on how to minimize their contact with the criminal justice system, including guiding them through police investigations, Clerk Magistrate hearings, and pre-trial diversion options.

Since the numerous changes implemented from the recent Criminal Justice Reform Act, I also represent individuals seeking to seal or expunge prior criminal records (G.L. c. 276 § 100A-K). My practice also includes various other collateral criminal matters including obtaining or defending against restraining orders (G.L. c. 209A) and harassment prevention orders (G.L. c. 258E), and matters involving the Sex Offender Registry Board.

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017
Client's Choice 2018,2017
Client's Choice
2018 2017
Licensed for 16 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/26/2022

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

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
Lauren received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2018
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Texas resident
fast Responsive comforting. Her communication levels were amazing. She is very truthful also. I sent 100.00 over what I was told to pay and she sent it back . I appreciated everything you did for me.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and caring attorney.
Attorney Lauren J. Weitzen is a very professional, responsible and a caring lawyer. I hired her to seal my case because she is a great listener who explained the entire process to me in detail that made me feel confident about her. She is also great at communication - always responds in a timely fashion.
Posted by Neal | September 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The very best
I am from NY, I received an oui among other felony charges in Boston awhile ago. I was in the process of retaining the lawyer who was originally assigned to me from the courts until I realized that if I did, I most likely would have been convicted of all charges. I drove back to NY and did some homework. I came across Lauren Weitzen. After speaking to her I retained her. The best move I ever made. Her retainer fee was reasonable, her attention to detail, keeping me updated, and her strategy was impeccable. She won me the best possible outcome I could ask for, or even dream of. She's a very thoughtful, and intelligent attorney. Throughout the entire case she made me feel comfortable, and confident. She was a pleasure to work with. There are not many criminal defense attorneys with the integrity that Lauren has. I only wish she was licensed in NY because I would use her if I even needed to here. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is in a tight situation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lauren J. Weitzen is best lawyer!
Lauren J.Weitzen is so professional, responsible and great attorney I never meet before. Lauren and her teammates are doing great job. I feel so lucky about her. She always respond to my emails and texts so quickly. She never took advantage from her clients. She is the best lawyer all of the World and in Boston. I highly recommended her to others.
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Posted by Rob | May 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, caring, knowledgeable and honest lawyer. So thankful to have found her!
We hired Lauren for an old DUI case in MA (1990's) that had impacted my NH license. It was a mess. She was very involved in the case and even took time to call the DMV for me, several times. That says a lot! There was never something that was below her or above her that she wouldn't do to help me. She always returned my calls/emails promptly. I've had to hire numerous attorneys throughout my life and I can honestly say that Lauren has been the best one yet. Hopefully I'm done with any issues in MA but if something else comes up, I'll call Lauren again. She won the case for me and I am grateful for that, and it didn't cost me a fortune to do so. Thanks again Lauren!
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Posted by Andrei | April 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Resourceful, professional attorney who's been really helpful
As a pro se defendant in criminal misdemeanor case, sometimes I have questions about criminal law and procedure. Lauren Weitzen is among those who gives the most helpful, concise, straight-to the-point advice.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lauren J. Weitzen
Lauren was very helpful and answered my question and follow up very quickly. I would defiantly recommend her. Charlie
Posted by Kevin | January 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and informative.
I recieved a call from Lauren who I great detail went over the process and fees that will be included. So I have not yet made a decision to go forward but if I do Lauren will absolutely be my atty....Felt comfortable and clear slow conversation made me feel like my best interests were her goal. Thank you I will be calling this week
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Posted by Robert | September 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Lauren's attention to detail and her confident determination made for a favorable ruling in my case. Her professionalism and familiarity with court personal relived my stress and allowed me to focus on the important things in life. Lauren also helped me with other legal matters not related to my case, which was all in a day for her but meant much more to me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lauren Weitzen
Lauren Weitzen was and is a great lawyer for me and my family. From the first day Lauren was the only willing to help me but dedicated her time and effort out of this world to work with me. I remember my friends lawyer told him that there is now way around this and we will be going to jail. When I seen Lauren I ask her to leave me in here, I would never forget what she said next and it stuck with me to this day and beyond, she said I'm going to get you out here and we will fight it to gather. Lauren is not your typical lawyer she gives you hope not bye her words but by her actions. She worked day and night off hours on hours and her work showed. Lauren is not your typical lawyer she actually cares about you the case and will fight her hardest to make sure you will be okay. I was and still thankful for all that she has done she takes her profession seriously and most importantly gets the job done. Thank you for being my lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very kind and smart!
She was kind and straight forward and as a result I do not have a record today for something that was a misunderstanding. And surprisingly a couple of months later when the other person involved in the case passed away, Lauren emailed condolences, which was very unexpected and thoughtful. Thanks Lauren! Hopefully I don't have any more issues but if so I'll be hiring you again. You made me feel calm in a scary situation.
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Posted by Paula | February 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to Work With ....
Lauren's experience, knowledge and guidance was perfect for my needs and I am relieved to know that I can turn to her for any of my legal questions. She is thorough and ensures that you know all of the options available to you, which is so comforting when you're dealing with legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Counsel
Competent, Confident, and an excellent Communicator. I would highly suggest you work with her if you need criminal defense. Her firm also has several other practices that may be helpful for you as well.
Posted by Ashley | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top attorney
Lauren represented me on a few different matters. When I first met Lauren I was in active addiction. Lauren made sure I got into a substance abuse program instead of jail. She called multiple programs and notified my mother when a bed was available. She has helped out with other cases that she was assigned to when my attorneys in those cases were not doing their job. Lauren has a great personality, truely puts her heart and soul into defending her clients.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Operating Partner
  • Lawson & Weitzen
  • 2021 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Public Defender at Waltham District Court
  • 2018 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Public Defender at Newton District Court
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Malden District Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Public Defender
  • Cambridge District Court
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Supervising Attorney
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2006 - 2011
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. EG
  • Petition allowed
  • Commonwealth v. JM - Larceny
  • Case dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. IR - Assault and Battery on Family/Household Member
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law for Civil Practitioners
  • Criminal Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse Lauren
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lauren is a great trial attorney, caring and passionate about her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lauren is intelligent, client-focused, and excellent in a courtroom. You would be lucky to have her as your attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Lauren is a great criminal defense lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Attorney Weitzen for many years and I've witnessed her commitment to her clients first-hand. She consistently obtains excellent results for her clients, and her reputation for excellent representation is well-deserved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a former public defender which means she has had the best training and experience a criminal defense lawyer could ever have. She is deeply committed to her clients and fights hard for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Lauren Weitzen without reservation or hesitation. Attorney Weitzen is an outstanding advocate for all those she represents. She is a professional, a skilled legal mind, and a truly talented trial lawyer. For anyone needing the help of a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, Attorney Weitzen can assist in your time of need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"7 years as a former public defender in the commonwealth is extremely experienced. This translates to thousands of cases fighting in the trenches. Her knowledge of both criminal law and procedure is evident in her limited pro bono contributions here. Endorsements from her peers are outstanding to date and clearly speak to her trial skills. Do yourself a favor and call her for a consultation ASAP."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is a born fighter who is fearless when challenging the Court on behalf of her client. She has a wealth of litigation experience and is a natural in a courtroom or before a jury. You would be most fortunate to have Lauren defending you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is an excellent attorney and a highly skilled litigator. She brings a wealth of trial experience and legal knowledge to the courtroom and is a fierce advocate for her clients. I highly endorse Lauren."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Weitzen is a breathe of fresh air in her respective field and practice. Lauren possesses both the knowledge and experience required to navigate the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth, having served many years as a public defender. Additionally, Lauren has the most important characteristic of compassion and empathy and truly represents her clients as if they were her only. I strongly recommend her to anyone and everyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lauren is a sharp, attentive, hard-working lawyer who represents her clients zealously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauren is an exceptional and highly respected attorney who always represents her clients with the utmost skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse hier without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 16 years
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