Essex County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Essex County is located on the northeastern part of Massachusetts. The county was created by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 10, 1643, which is when it was decided that the county be divided into four shires. At that time, Essex was comprised of the following towns: Salem, Lynn, Wenham, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Gloucester and Andover – which have now been subdivided into the current cities and towns that now exist. Like several other Massachusetts counties, Essex County exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government. County functions were assumed by Massachusetts state agencies in 1999. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council, commissioner, or county employees.

Essex County’s history is quite rich; it is famous as the area that Elbridge Gerry, the American diplomat and fifth vice-president of the county, districted into a salamander like shape in 1812 that gave rise to the word “gerrymandering.” Because of the county’s history, which includes 17th century colonial history, maritime history spanning its existence, and leadership in the expansions of the textile industry in the 19th century, the entire county has been designated the Essex National Heritage Area by the National Park Service.

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 181,642 total crimes reported in Essex County, Massachusetts and out of that number, 23,575 of the crimes were violent. Of the 18,164 crimes that happen every year in Essex County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Essex County, Massachusetts every 28 minutes. This average includes 113 murders, 1,289 rapes, and almost one hundred and twenty-three thousand thefts, which include 28,319 auto thefts. This county is vulnerable to crime and it is important to gain experienced criminal legal defense if you find yourself at all accused or involved with a crime in this county.

The court system in Essex County includes the Essex Superior Court, which can be found at 38 Federal St., Salem, Massachusetts. The Essex Superior Court serves Shire Towns Salem, Lawrence and Newburyport. The Gloucester Division, which houses the Gloucester District Court, is also located at 195 Main St., Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Gloucester District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport. The Haverhill Division, which houses the Haverhill District Court, is located at 45 James P. Ginty Blvd., Haverhill, Massachusetts. The Haverhill District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland and Haverhill. The Ipswich Division, which houses the Ipswich District Court, is located at 188 State St., Newburyport, Massachusetts. The Ipswich District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield and Wenham. The Lawrence Division, which houses the Lawrence District Court, is located at 2 Appleton St., Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Lawrence District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover. The Lynn Division, which houses the Lynn District Court, is also located at 580 Essex St., Lynn, Massachusetts. The Lynn District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott. The Newburyport Division, which houses the Newburyport District Court, is also located at 188 State St., Newburyport, Massachusetts. The Lawrence District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury (which shares a building with the Ipswich Division). The Peabody Division, which houses the Peabody District Court, is also located at 1 Lowell St., Peabody, Massachusetts. The Lawrence District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Lynnfield and Peabody. The Salem Division, which houses the Salem District Court, is also located at 33 Federal St., Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem District Court has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Beverly, Danvers, Manchester, Middleton and Salem.

Experienced Essex County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Patrick J. Murphy has nearly twenty years of criminal defense experience providing expert legal representation for clients charged with crimes throughout Essex County. Boston criminal defense lawyer Patrick J. Murphy's law office is conveniently located at One South Market Street, Fourth Floor in downtown Boston, about a little over an hour drive from the heart of Essex County. Attorney Murphy also lives on the South Shore and is available to meet clients locally. If you would like a free, confidential consultation regarding your Essex 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