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Franklin County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Franklin County is a nongovernmental county located in the north-western part of Massachusetts. The county lines were created on June 24, 1811 from the northern third of Hampshire County and since have been a part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. Like many other Massachusetts counties, Franklin County exists today purely as a geographic region and has no county government.

When Franklin County Commission voted itself out of existence in 1997, all of the former state mandated county functions were assumed by state agencies. However, the municipalities of Franklin County have formed the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. This regional council provides many different services on a regional basis. In fact, the largest business in the county is the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, which provides municipal waste disposal and recycling services to its members. Furthermore, the public transportation throughout the county is provided by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority and is in Athol, which is in Worcester County, but aligns itself with Franklin County.

As of 2010, the population for Franklin County reached 71,372. With a large population for a county, there are also a high number of crimes. Between the years of 1999 and 2008 there were 10,877 total crimes reported in Franklin County, Massachusetts. Out of that number, 1,370 of those crimes were violent. On an average, 1,088 crimes occur every year in Franklin County and nearly one half of those crimes occur less than one mile away from home. In fact, on average, someone is a victim of a crime in Franklin County, Massachusetts every 8 hours. This uncomfortable average includes 13 murders, 185 rapes, and almost six thousand thefts, with 620 auto thefts.

The court systems in Franklin County include the Franklin Superior Court, which can be found on 425 Main St., in Franklin, Massachusetts. The Franklin Superior Court serves Shire Towns and Greenfield. The second district court is the Greenfield District Court, which has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland and Whately. This court is found at the same location as the Franklin Superior Court.

Experienced Franklin County Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has nearly twenty years of criminal defense experience providing expert legal representation for clients charged with crimes throughout Franklin 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 an hour drive from the heart of Franklin County. However, Attorney Murphy resides on the South Shore and is available to meet clients locally. If you would like a free, confidential consultation regarding your criminal case contact Attorney Murphy 24/7 directly at (617) 367-0450 or complete the contacts tab on the website today.

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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