Chelsea District Court
Chelsea is the second most population-dense city in all of Massachusetts. It is also a fairly impoverished area, with over 20 percent of people in the city living below the poverty line. Unfortunately, law enforcement tends to over-police poor areas and, not surprisingly, Chelsea has an extremely high crime rate, especially related to violent offenses and sex crimes. If you face charges in Chelsea District Court, it is important you have an attorney by your side who is familiar with the judges and prosecutors who handle these cases on a daily basis. At the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy, our Suffolk County criminal defense lawyer regularly appears in Chelsea District Court, representing clients facing all types of serious charges.An Overview of Massachusetts Trial Courts
All criminal cases start off in the trial court. Massachusetts trial courts are called district courts. There are 62 district courts across the state. These courts hear all misdemeanor cases and most felony cases, with the exception of homicides and other very serious offenses.
After an arrest, your case gets assigned to the district court where the alleged crime occurred. If you were arrested in Chelsea or Revere, your case will be heard at the Chelsea District Court. The Chelsea District Court is located at:
Chelsea, MA 02150
The court clerk’s phone number is 617-660-9200.
Most court hearings require you to be physically present unless you first speak to your attorney and he obtains the court’s permission to waive your presence. There is metered parking near the courthouse, or you can take the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA to the Chelsea station. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the courthouse from the station.What to Do After Your Arrest
Getting arrested is a traumatizing experience, regardless of whether it’s your first arrest or you’ve been arrested before. You may have questions about the crime the government claims you committed and wonder what you can do to protect your interests. One thing you can do right away is to get a copy of the police report related to your arrest. To obtain a copy of a Chelsea police report, you must contact the Records Department of the Chelsea Police Department. You can request a copy over the phone, in person, or through email. The police department’s address is 119 Park Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.
You should also immediately reach out to a dedicated criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. When reviewing attorneys, be sure the one you select has specific experience handling cases in Chelsea District Court. This way, your attorney will be familiar with the prosecutors and judges that will be assigned to your case.Common Crimes in Chelsea, MA
Chelsea sees a lot of crime; however, the city’s violent crime rate is especially high. Police and prosecutors take an especially aggressive approach to these offenses. If convicted, you can face a long jail sentence, significant fines, and other lifelong impacts on your freedom. Attorney Murphy represents clients charged with all types of crime in Chelsea District Court, including:
Regardless of the government’s allegations, Attorney Murphy has the skill, experience and knowledge of the local court system to put you in the best situation possible.Why Choose the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy?
If you face criminal charges in Chelsea District Court, you deserve an attorney who will take your case as seriously as you do. Attorney Murphy is a veteran criminal defense attorney who, for the past 27 years, has represented clients in Chelsea District Court. Over this time, Patrick Murphy has come to understand how local prosecutors and judges see cases and what defenses have the highest likelihood of success. He also has earned the respect of prosecutors, which serves him well when negotiating favorable plea agreements on behalf of his clients. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with Attorney murphy, call (617) 367-0450 today. You can also reach the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy through the firm’s online contact form.