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Andrew Melchior Macdonald

Criminal defense Attorney at Salisbury, MD

4.9   71 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal prosecutor for 10 years. Criminal defense attorney for 9 years.

    28 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Bankruptcy and debt

    18 years

  3. Personal injury

    18 years

  4. Family

    18 years

  5. Business

    18 years

Andrew MacDonald was an Assistant State's Attorney for Wicomico County (criminal prosecutor/DA) for 10 years before opening his own criminal defense practice serving Maryland's Eastern Shore in 2006.  Mr. MacDonald represents criminal defense clients in Ocean City, Salisbury, Snow Hill, Cambridge, and Princess Anne.  Mr. MacDonald is a local resident who has been practicing criminal law on Maryland's Eastern Shore for 20 years.  Mr. MacDonald is an experienced local trial attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and freedom in a criminal or DUI case.  Call anytime, including nights and weekends, for a free consultation regarding your criminal or DUI case at. 

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The District Court in Ocean City, Maryland.  Andrew MacDonald represents clients charged with crimes in the Ocean City District Court.


MacDonald Law Office, LLC
208 Calvert Street
Salisbury, MD, 21801
MacDonald Law Office
9307 Chesapeake Dr.
Ocean City, MD, 21842
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4.9 / 5.0
  71 customer reviews
Posted by Suzanne | January 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you're looking for an outstanding criminal defense lawyer that will go the extra mile. Look no further. Andrew MacDonald was a fantastic representation for me. It was my first time hiring a criminal defense attorney particularly as a 68-year-old retired female with a strong professional background. This matter involved a very unnecessary and bizarre accusation from a neighbor in a quiet area where we recently relocated to. Andrew is very professional in everything he did in my case. He is precise and to the point in explaining what my case was all about. He was very thorough. I highly recommend Andrew MacDonald. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and diligent. As a former prosecutor, he knows the best defense strategy to pursue and is able to effect the best possible outcome for his client. Moreover, he combines his professional expertise with a caring, calm, and personable demeanor. A huge thank you for a very favorable outcome in my case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2022
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Thorough and Results-oriented
Andrew is an exceptional lawyer and can help you achieve your desired outcome.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible service
I recommend MacDonald law offices to anyone in need of a highly knowledgeable and experienced firm. Their lawyers are highly intelligent and articulate. They have a working knowledge and relationship and are familiar with the prosecutors and judges. This is an advantage that makes them highly skilled and able to communicate above and beyond in your defense. MacDonald law offices are definitely who you want on your side representing you and helping you through difficult times. My experience was incredible. I couldn’t have had better representation. Professional courteous and attentive always. I found their rates to be more than fair especially for the excellent services provided.
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Posted by Gregory | September 11, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
I was served criminal charges of violating a protective order 3 times which was false, however the state's attorney could care less what is false or true only wishing to convict everyone. Mr. MacDonald was the absolute best choice I could have made to defend myself and successfully got me acquitted on all three counts. I will certainly use him should the need arise and highly recommend Mr. MacDonald!
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Posted by Sarah | June 7, 2022
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Amazing lawyer
Mr. McDonald is a very professional. He does great work very nice. I had a VOP and I came home. He pulled a great case together for me and won.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
best in the industry
Too bad there is not a 6th star because Andrew would deserve it. The best in the industry by far ...
Posted by Don | May 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. MacDonald was exactly what we needed. He provided sound counsel, was timely to respond to all our questions, and was a “straight shooter” from beginning to end. Thanks to him, our son had the best of all possible outcomes, when faced with some very serious charges.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional representation
Highly recommend MacDonald Law. Andrew is a very knowledgeable with the local court system. He is very patient and able to explain in the simplest terms the legal process, options to consider and actions to take that are in your best interest. Our legal representation was thorough, well executed and the outcome was the best we could have expected through his efforts.
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Posted by Mark R. | January 11, 2022
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Here's your guy..
Attorney Andrew MacDonald is a good Attorney, he’s smart and won the case. I recommend him to defend you. “Get yourself a good Attorney” Get Andrew MacDonald.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr MacDonald is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He helped put my family’s mind at ease while being direct and to the point. He truly cares. The best in my opinion.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Result Possible
Andrew MacDonald has a serene disposition and is very precise in dealing with the situation at hand. I appreciate that he went back to the judge and State’s Attorney a second time pre-trial in order to negotiate the best outcome in my case. The cost was very reasonable.
Posted by Brian | November 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The attorney you want on your side!
Mr. MacDonald is the attorney you want on your side. Not only is he knowledgeable and professional he is well respected by other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. Each time I was present for court he was greeted first by others in a positive manner. His calm, confident demeanor kept me at ease when it felt like everything around me was falling apart. He never made any promises or guarantees just explained the processes and I knew that he would fight for me. His prior experience as a prosecutor was a plus in his thought process. Background: I am an active duty servicemember with 22 years of service. March 2020 my whole world almost came to an end when I was notified that I was under investigation for being falsely accused of one of the most heinous crimes you could imagine. I risked losing my retirement, my family and most importantly my freedom for a long time. I was removed from my home and contacted Mr. MacDonald the following morning. From that initial phone call I knew I wanted him as my attorney and paid the retainer fees. He explained the process, what to expect and gave me his personal cell phone number to contact him if/when I was arrested. He notified me that due to the nature of the charges I would be held without bail. May 2020, I was arrested at my job and held without bail in Virginia while awaiting extradition to Maryland. I immediately called Mr. MacDonald and notified him of my arrest. Again he talked me through what to expect when I went before the magistrates. After 12 days I was extradited to Maryland. When I went to my bond review the deputy told me not to expect bond due to the nature of the charges. I was the ONLY one that was released on bond that day. Not only did I receive a bond but I was released on my own recognizance which is unheard of. I know that was mainly in part because of my attorney. November of 2020 Mr. MacDonald discovered evidence which resulted in the state dismissing all charges! Good lawyers aren't cheap and cheap lawyers aren't good! Hire Mr. MacDonald for anything you are accused of!
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Posted by KH | October 14, 2020
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Excellent Law firm!
Back in February 2020 during the holiday weekend I got caught speeding in a speed trap right before entering Ocean City, MD. I didn't want to get points added to my driver license as traffic points have increased so much in VA. So I started looking for local lawyers (really wanted local lawyers not satellite lawyers) who are familiar with the MD Courts in the area and found MacDonald Law Office, LLC and Andrew MacDonald. I called and left a voice message and he called me back and we discussed everything and he explained the process and what it may entail and hopefully we end up with an amicable solution where no points would be added to my license. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic! My trial date was originally set for April, then postponed to June and again to October. I did not have to go and Andrew represented me and informed me that the Officer didn't show up and he moved to dismiss the case! So no points and no fines and I am so grateful and certainly recommend his law firm with how they handled my case given everything than happened. If you're looking for local lawyers in Ocean City, MD talk to this law firm for solutions. A++!
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Posted by Brandon | September 27, 2020
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Andrew MacDonald did exactly what I asked him to do and getting my case dismissed there are lawyers and then there are the kind of lawyers where you don't even have to go to court and he's that kind of lawyer I would recommend him in criminal defense for anyone and he did it at an awesome price.
Posted by Cheryl | July 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Good Service
Mr. Macdonald appeared in court for me and my son. He helped to get my son's first traffic ticket was dismissed.
Posted by Evan | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
I have used the Macdonald Law Offices for several cases and have always had outstanding representation for both business and personal law. I highly recommend this firm as they go above and beyond to serve and skillfully represent their clients.
Posted by SANDRA | August 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Not guilt.
Andrew was the best choice i could have made in my case. My case was very usual, every time we went to court we hear this, Andrew did everything he possibly could to give me the best representation possible and in the end we won the case. He was always very professional to me and the dozens of witness in my case. After I was found not guilty he personally took time to reach out to the dozens of witness and let them know I was found not guilty and to thank them for their help in my case. I would recommend Andrew to anyone who wants the BEST.
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Posted by SM | August 11, 2019
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Exceptional lawyer
Mr. McDonald went above and beyond to resolve my problem. He walked me through each step of the procedure and helped me to get a better outcome for the case. I appreciate his quick responses and easy to work with personality. He is an exceptional lawyer who has a client oriented professional attitude. I am very happy about all the support I received. Overall, I had a great experience working with him and would highly recommend Mr. McDonald.
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Posted by Jason | June 21, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Refreshing Attorney Experience
Based on my interactions with Andrew I would strongly recommend him to anyone. He was very responsive and extremely helpful with my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Outcome
Andrew provided excellent representation for our son. He secured the best possible outcome and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. He is reserved in his demeanor - don't expect swagger from this lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • MacDonald Law Office, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Wicomico County State's Attorney Office
  • 1996 - 2007
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Wicomico County Circuit Court
  • 1995 - 1996


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • The Charlotte Country Day Schools
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • Not guilty


  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Wicomico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Achievement (2007 - Present)
  • Wicomico County
  • 2007
  • National Community Coordination Honor Award (2005 - Present)
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse Andrew
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Macdonald is one of the best attorneys in Maryland. He is always well prepared, professional, and well versed in criminal law. He has a comprehensive knowledge of Maryland's gun and drug laws and gets results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is one of the most thorough and competent attorneys I know. He has a reputation for professionalism and preparedness, and an outstanding knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrew for 20 years, during his time as a judge's clerk, Assistant State's Attorney and now that he has his own practice. He is an outstanding trial lawyer and a true advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Andrew, and his wife Cindy, to be the best criminal defense lawyers in the Salisbury area. They will obtain the best results possible, every time."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew McDonald is an excellent lawyer, whom I endorse unreservedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Macdonald is a talented criminal litigator."
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Salisbury Criminal defense Lawyer Andrew Melchior Macdonald
Andrew Melchior Macdonald
Criminal defense Attorney
Salisbury, MD
Licensed for 28 years
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