Barnstable District Court
Barnstable County is the second-largest county in Massachusetts but has only just over 200,000 residents, making it one of the least population-dense areas in the state. It is also one of the least diverse areas in Massachusetts. However, Barnstable still sees a significant amount of crime. It may come as a surprise, but Barnstable actually has a higher rate of violent crime than the national average. In large part, this is due to the high rate of alleged sex crimes. When it comes to criminal cases in places like Barnstable, MA, you don’t want just any attorney representing you; you need an attorney who understands how the local court system works and who the players are. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy is a veteran Barnstable County criminal defense attorney who regularly appears in Barnstable District Court, representing clients charged with all types of serious offenses.The Massachusetts Court System
Massachusetts has three different levels of courts. Two of these courts, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, only hear appeals. All trials, with the exception of very serious felony cases, are held at the local District Courts. Thus, if you were arrested in Barnstable, Yarmouth, or Sandwich, you will need to go to the Barnstable District Court for your trial.
The Barnstable District Court is located at:
3195 Main St.
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
The court’s phone number is 508-375-6778. The courthouse offers free parking to all visitors, including defendants and their support people. It is also located on the Barnstable Villager line of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.How to Obtain a Police Report Following a Barnstable Arrest
If you were arrested in Barnstable, Yarmouth, or Sandwich, you may have questions about the police investigation that led to your arrest. While police officers may have given you a copy of the police report at the time of your arrest, you wouldn’t be alone if you can’t find it, as getting arrested is a traumatizing experience. To obtain a copy of a Barnstable police report, you must contact the Records Division of the Barnstable Police Department at 1200 Phinney’s Lane Hyannis, MA.
Keep in mind that you may not be able to get a copy of the police report if you were arrested for certain offenses, including those involving domestic violence, witness intimidation, or cases where the alleged victim is a minor.Defending Against Criminal Charges in Barnstable District Court
At the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy, our Barnstable criminal defense attorney represents individuals charged with all types of criminal offenses, including:Domestic Violence
Few cases are as unpredictable as those involving allegations of domestic violence. While some domestic abuse allegations are based in fact, many are not. However, the charges hang over your head for months as you wonder whether the alleged victim will come to court and, if they do, what they will say. As a veteran Barnstable criminal defense attorney, Patrick Murphy believes there is no such thing as overpreparing for these cases, as the last thing you want is to be caught off guard.Sex Crimes
Barnstable County has one of the highest rates of rape and other sex offenses in Massachusetts. Prosecutors take these cases very seriously, even though they often have little physical evidence to back up an alleged victim’s story. If you face allegations of sex abuse, you can’t afford to take any chances, as a conviction can not only require you to register as a sex offender but may result in a long jail sentence.Violent Crimes
While violent crimes such as robbery, arson, homicide and assault are not as common in Barnstable as in other parts of the state, they still occur with some regularity. Additionally, law enforcement takes an especially aggressive stance when it comes to prosecuting these offenses. Attorney Murphy has extensive experience successfully defending clients in even the most serious cases, including those involving serious bodily injury.Are You Facing Charges in Barnstable District Court?
If you have a criminal case in Barnstable District Court, make sure the lawyer who represents you understands the local court system and customs. Barnstable is a relatively insular community, and those from Barnstable know when an outsider walks into the courtroom. Attorney Patrick Murphy regularly appears in Barnstable District Court and has earned the respect of local prosecutors and judges. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, give Attorney Murphy a call at (617) 367-0450 today. You can also reach the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy through the firm’s online contact form.