Fall River District Court

Respected Criminal Defense Lawyer Aggressively Defends the Rights of Clients Throughout Bristol County

Located in the southern part of the state, just across the Rhode Island border, Fall River is the tenth-largest city in Massachusetts. Many know Fall River as the home to the famous Lizzie Borden murders. However, the city continues to experience a high violent crime rate, almost three times the state average. Indeed, the rate of burglaries, robberies, and assaults in Fall River is much higher than the national average. Given the high rate of violent crime in the area, police and prosecutors take an aggressive stance on crime. If you face criminal charges in Fall River District Court, the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy is here to help. With more than 27 years of experience representing clients facing all types of allegations in Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea and Westport, Attorney Murphy has the knowledge, dedication and skill necessary to successfully defend against whatever crimes the government claims you committed.

Where Will My Trial Be Held?

After you are arrested for a crime in Massachusetts, the case gets assigned to one of the 62 district courts across the state. If your arrest occurred in Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea or Westport, a Fall River District Court judge will hear your case.

The court is located at:
186 S. Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720

The court is on the fifth floor, and the court clerk’s phone number is 508-491-3200.

If you have a court date coming up, you will need to be present unless you speak with a Bristol County criminal defense attorney beforehand. An attorney may be able to obtain the judge’s permission to waive your presence at certain pre-trial hearings.

While the courthouse has some metered parking nearby, these spots tend to fill up quickly. There are, however, paid parking garages nearby. You can also take the Southeastern Transit Authority, which is a five-minute walk to the courthouse.

Fall River Police Reports

Massachusetts police reports are, for the most part, publicly available. If you want to learn more about your arrest and the government’s case against you, you can request a copy of your police report by contacting the Public Records Department of the Fall River Police. You can request a police report online or over the phone. You can also send your request to:

Fall River Police Department
C/O Records Access Officer
685 Pleasant Street
Fall River, Massachusetts 02721-4305

Defending Against Charges in Fall River District Court

When you face charges in any city, you want to ensure that the attorney you choose to represent you is familiar with the court. While Massachusetts criminal law applies in all district courts, every courthouse has its own customs and procedures. The better your attorney’s understanding of these local nuances, the better they will be able to represent you. For example, a local Bristol County criminal defense lawyer will know what arguments are more likely to persuade a particular judge or how to best negotiate with a particular prosecutor.

Attorney Murphy has been handling cases in the Fall River District Court for nearly three decades. He knows all the players involved and enjoys a successful track record of handling some of the most serious cases, including:

Whether this is your first arrest or you have a lengthy criminal history, Patrick Murphy can help you defend against the government’s allegations.

Contact an Experienced Bristol County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you have a case in Fall River District Court, you deserve an attorney who not only knows the law, but also knows the predisposition of the judge who will be handling your case. Every judge sees cases a bit differently, and some arguments work better than others. Attorney Murphy regularly handles cases in Fall River and has been doing so for decades. He is well known throughout the area as an aggressive defense attorney who stands up for his clients’ rights at every stage of the process. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, call 617-367-0450 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