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Cambridge Criminal Defense Lawyers

Dealing with criminal charges is one of the most stressful experiences you may face during the course of your life. If this is your first arrest, you may have no idea of what to expect. And if you’ve been through the process before, you may understandably fear that your prior record will expose you to greater possible punishments. However, you do not need to go through this process alone. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy is a Cambridge criminal defense lawyer with more than 25 years of experience defending his clients’ freedom against even the most serious allegations. Through his practical yet aggressive approach he has helped countless people move on with their lives after getting arrested in Cambridge and the surrounding areas.

Defending Against All Types of Criminal Charges

The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy represents clients facing all types of serious crimes, including:

Drug Offenses

While the attitude towards some drugs, such as marijuana, has changed over recent years, that is not the case for other drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, crack and methamphetamine. When determining a sentence for a drug crime, judges take type and amount of substance into account and whether there was any evidence that you were selling or manufacturing narcotics. There are also sentencing enhancements if you enlisted the help of a minor to sell drugs or were selling drugs in a school zone. However, possessing even a small amount of drugs can have a major impact on your life.

OUI Charges

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OUI) involves driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If convicted of an OUI offense, you can face hefty fines, license suspension, and imprisonment—even for a first-time offense. However, with the assistance of a Cambridge criminal defense attorney, you may qualify for a diversionary program. There are also many defenses to OUI offenses, which can result in an acquittal or the withdrawal of charges altogether.

Sex Crimes

Sex offenses carry some of the harshest penalties of all crimes. At the same time, allegations of sexual assault, including rape and indecent assault, can be difficult to defend against. Many of these cases come down to whether your version of the events is more credible than the prosecutions. An experienced Cambridge defense lawyer can be an invaluable resource in developing an effective defense against these serious crimes.

Weapons Offenses

Massachusetts imposes strict laws governing who can possess a firearm, where they can carry it, and how they use it. For example, even if you have a valid Massachusetts firearm license and firearm identification card, you cannot legally carry a gun if you are intoxicated. The punishments for gun crimes are especially harsh if the weapon was used while committing a crime.

Domestic Violence Offenses

Domestic violence offenses include certain crimes committed against “family or household members.” Allegations of domestic violence can be particularly hard to defend against because they often involve very emotional situations and vastly different versions of events. In domestic violence cases, the most important aspect is often the credibility of the alleged victim. If you face domestic violence charges in Cambridge, an experienced criminal defense attorney can be critical to exposing a witness’ bias through cross-examination.

Where Are Cambridge Criminal Trials Held?

Criminal cases in Cambridge are heard at one of several different courthouses. Generally, most misdemeanors, as well as cases in Drug Court and Mental Health Court are heard at the Cambridge District Court, located at 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA. Serious felony trials are typically held at the Middlesex County Superior Court, located at 200 Trade Center, 2nd Floor, Woburn, MA.

Obtaining a Police Report in Cambridge

If you have been arrested for any crime in Cambridge, you can obtain a copy of the police report by contacting the records unit of the Cambridge Police Department at 125 Sixth St. Cambridge, MA.

You have three options to obtain a police report, either in person, by mail, or online. However, if the offense involves allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, or stalking, police reports are not publicly available. In these situations, you should reach out to your attorney to obtain a redacted copy of the report and other discovery.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Cambridge, MA Today

If you are facing serious criminal charges, you need a Cambridge criminal defense lawyer who is ready to defend your rights. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy has been representing clients in all types of cases for more than 25 years. Over this time, he’s come to appreciate the fact that every case is unique, depending largely on a client’s individual situation. In some cases, you may want to resolve the case as quickly as possible by negotiating a favorable plea agreement. In others, you will want to aggressively defend against the allegations. When you reach out to the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy, he will take the time to listen to your goals and thoughtfully consider the best way to reach your desired outcome. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, give the firm a call at (617) 367-0450.

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