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Boston Municipal Court, Central Boston Division

Aggressive Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Clients Throughout Suffolk County

Facing a criminal charge in Boston is a serious matter. Depending on the nature of the offense and your record, you could be looking at a lengthy jail sentence. Even if you are able to avoid jail time, a conviction can put you on probation, require you to pay sky-high fines, and jeopardize your ability to get a job or into school in the future. Boston criminal defense attorney Patrick J. Murphy has more than 27 years of experience aggressively defending the rights of clients facing serious criminal charges. He routinely appears in Boston Municipal Court, Central Division, and knows what to expect from the local prosecutors and judges.

The Boston Court Structure

Boston is unique among Massachusetts cities in terms of the court structure. While every other city is assigned to one of the 62 district courts around the state, Boston cases are heard at either the Boston Municipal Court or the Suffolk County Superior Court. Typically, less serious crimes, such as minor theft charges, drug possession, and OWI offenses, are heard at the municipal court level, while serious felony crimes are heard at the Suffolk County Superior Court.

There are eight Boston Municipal Courts. If you were arrested in the Downtown Boston area, Chinatown, North End, West End, Beacon Hill or South End (up to Massachusetts Avenue), your case will be heard at the Boston Municipal Court, Central Division.

The courthouse is located at:

24 New Chardon Street
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Boston, MA 02114

If you need to contact the court, you can reach the court clerk by calling 617-788-8600.

Unfortunately, due to the courthouse’s central location, there is no free public parking. However, there are metered parking spaces in the immediate vicinity and a number of paid parking garages in the area. You can also get to the courthouse on the MBTA or Commuter Rail. The courthouse is about a five-minute walk from the Haymarket Stop.

Do You Need a Copy of a Boston Police Report?

If you are looking for more information about your arrest, you may want to request a copy of the police report generated after your arrest. Police reports provide limited but useful information about your arrest and can give you a better idea of the government’s case against you. To obtain a copy of a police report, you can contact the Boston Police Department at:

Director of Public Information
One Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120

Keep in mind that you may not be able to get a copy of a police report if you are facing charges involving a minor, domestic violence allegations, or are believed to have intimidated witnesses in the past. However, most police reports are public record.

Defending Against a Boston Criminal Case

If you are facing criminal charges in Boston, it is important you work with an attorney who has specific experience handling the cases involving the charges brought against you. Along those lines, you also want to ensure that your attorney is familiar with the court, judges, and local prosecutors who will be handling your case. This will provide your attorney with insight into how the government will build its case and the arguments that may be most persuasive.

Attorney Patrick J. Murphy represents clients facing all types of criminal offenses, including:

  • Sex crimes
  • Drug charges
  • Assaults and other violent crimes
  • OUI/DUI/DWI offenses
  • Domestic violence allegations
  • Gun crimes

He takes a comprehensive approach to every case he handles, aggressively advocating on your behalf at every stage of the process.

Contact a Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you are facing charges in Boston Municipal Court, Central Division, it is imperative that you take the situation seriously. You also need to find an attorney who will take your case as seriously as you do. Attorney Patrick Murphy has more than 27 years of experience handling Boston criminal cases and has earned the respect of his clients, fellow defense attorneys, judges, and even the prosecutors he’s gone up against. He is known as an aggressive advocate who stands up for the rights of the accused, regardless of the nature of the charges or their prior record. To learn more about Attorney Murphy, and to schedule a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of Patrick J. Murphy at 617-367-0450 today. You can also reach Attorney Murphy through his online contact form.

Client Reviews
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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