Berkshire County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Like the thirteen other counties in Massachusetts, Berkshire County is a historical geographic region that has no county government functions. All former county functions were assumed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the year 2000. Berkshire County is located on the western edge of Massachusetts and is often referred to as “the Berkshires.” It is located in the Massachusetts’s first congressional district, which is a primarily rural district that makes up most of Western Massachusetts.

The General Court of Massachusetts is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The name of the “General Court” is a name from the Colonial Era. In fact before the adoption of the state constitution in 1780 the court was called the “Great and General Court,” however, John Adams who was the author of the state constitution wanted to shorten the title of the bicameral body. The upper house is the Massachusetts Senate, which is composed of forty members. The lower body, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has 160 members. Berkshire County has four districts and elected Representatives in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The Massachusetts Governor's Council, which is also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts and the Lt. Governor who serves as an ex officio. Berkshire County is located in the 8th District. (The 8th district consist of all of Berkshire County and the following cities: Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington, in the county of Hampshire; and Ashfield, Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe and Rowe, in the county of Franklin.) These eight councilors are elected from their respective districts every two years. They meet to discuss and act on such issues as payments from the state treasury, criminal pardons and commutations, and approval of gubernatorial appointments; such as judges, notaries and justices of the peace.

Crime in Berkshire County

Between the years of 1999 and 2008 there were 24,507 total crimes reported in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and out of that number, 3,547 of the crimes were violent. Of the 2,451 crimes that take place per year in Berkshire County, close to 50% occur less than one mile from home. These numbers average that someone is a victim of a crime in Berkshire County, Massachusetts every 3 hours. These violent crimes include 14 murders, 441 rapes, and just about fifteen thousand thefts, which include 1,382 car thefts. In the most recent ten years, the crime data that was available for Berkshire County showed that reported crime in Berkshire County has risen by 32% and that violent crime climbed by 57%.

The court system in Berkshire County includes the Berkshire Superior Court which is located at 76 East Street in Berkshire, Massachusetts. The Berkshire Division of the District Court has jurisdiction over Shire Town and Pittsfield. The Northern Berkshire District Court is found at 111 Holden St and it has jurisdiction over the towns of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown, and Windsor. There is also the larger Pittsfield Division or Pittsfield District Court, located at the 24 Wendell Ave. The Pittsfield District Court has jurisdiction over the following towns: Becket, Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lenox, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond and Washington, Windsor. Lastly, the Southern Berkshire Division, found on 9 Gilmore Ave – this district has jurisdiction over the municipalities over Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge.

Experienced Berkshire County Criminal Lawyer

The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has nearly twenty years of criminal defense experience providing expert legal representation for clients charged with crimes throughout Berkshire County. Boston criminal defense lawyer Patrick J. Murphy's Law Office is conveniently located at One South Market Street, Fourth Floor in downtown Boston. If you would like a free, confidential consultation regarding your Berkshire County criminal case contact Attorney Murphy 24/7 directly at (617) 367-0450 or complete the contacts tab on the website today.

Client Reviews
"Highly Recommended. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy absolutely helped me out in my time of need. When I met him in his Boston office he put me right at ease and explained the criminal process to me in a way I could easily understand and in a manner that gave me complete confidence. I was facing a criminal wanton destruction of property charge in Barnstable District Court. On the day of the case, he was at the courthouse waiting for me and my wife. Mr. Murphy handled the hearing in a very thorough and professional manner putting us through our testimony and making a powerful argument to the decision maker. My case was thrown out and I could not be happier with the service from Attorney Murphy. I highly recommend him to you as a skilled legal advocate!" Rob, Avvo User
"Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer. From the first consultation I knew Patrick Murphy was the right choice for my criminal defense. He was knowledgeable of the laws and knew how to build up a strong defense for my case. Every phone call and email I made was promptly answered. When it came time for my hearing, Patrick was prepared and able to get the criminal complaint against me dropped without ever becoming charge! Would highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking a top quality defense attorney to handle their case!" John, Avvo User
"OUI Not Guilty Verdict. Patrick Murphy provided excellent service as council on my case. He worked diligently over a long legal process that spanned over 3 years. He was able to take my case to a Jury Trial and get me a Not Guilty verdict through he expert knowledge of the law and expertise in cross examination of the prosecutions witnesses. He was very professional and available at anytime night or day to answer questions." Chris, Avvo User
"Highly Skilled and Professional Lawyer. Attorney Pat Murphy did a great job guiding me through an A&B charge, and most importantly getting the case dismissed in a very timely manner. He is very professional, returns call promptly, and did a great explaining his strategy and the legal process to me. I was confident throughout the whole process that I was in good hands and would receive the best possible outcome in my case. Would highly recommended Attorney Murphy." Avvo User
"I Felt That I was in Good Hands... and I Was! Mr. Patrick J. Murphy was very quick to respond to my needs. He was always there to answer any questions I had in a timely fashion, and he made me feel very comfortable in an extremely uncomfortable situation. Having Mr. Murphy by my side in the courtroom felt like I was at an advantage. He speaks with confidence. He doesn't stutter or pause while put on the spot. He treated me with respect. He listens. He always greeted me with a warm welcome and never wasted any time." Avvo User