Lawrence District Court

Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Clients Facing Crimes in Essex County Courts

Despite a relatively small population of fewer than 80,000 residents, Lawrence sees a significant amount of crime. Like many of the other cities surrounding the Boston Metropolitan Area, much of the crime in Lawrence is a mix of violent crime and property crime. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office is notoriously tough in its approach to crime. So, if you have an open criminal case in Lawrence District Court, it is imperative that you reach out to a local Lawrence criminal defense attorney. Attorney Patrick Murphy is a veteran Essex County criminal defense lawyer who has more than 25 years of experience handling a wide range of cases. Regardless of the nature of the charges you face, he can help you develop a strategic approach to obtain the best result possible.

The Massachusetts Court System

When it comes to criminal cases, Massachusetts courts are split up into three levels. Most criminal trials are heard at the district court level. If you are found guilty of a crime, you have an automatic right to appeal your case to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. From there, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts accepts a limited number of appeals from the Appeals Court.

There are 62 district courts across Massachusetts. If you were arrested in Lawrence, Methuen, Andover or North Andover, your case will be heard at the Lawrence District Court. The court is in the Fenton Judicial Center, which is located at:

2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

The court clerk can be reached by phone at 978-687-7184. While there is no free parking at the courthouse, there are three paid lots nearby. You can also take the Haverhill line of the MBTA to the Lawrence Station stop. From there, the courthouse is about a half-mile walk away.

How to Get a Lawrence Police Report

One of the first things you can do after getting arrested in Lawrence is to request a copy of the police report related to your arrest. Police reports contain some important information, such as the arresting officer's name, the circumstances of the arrest, and possibly any witnesses to the alleged crime. However, typically, police will redact, or black-out, the names of witnesses to protect them from retaliation or witness intimidation. Along those lines, police reports are not available in all cases.

To get a copy of a Lawrence police report, you must make the request in person at the Lawrence Police Department. The police department is located at 90 Lowell Street, Lawrence, MA 01840.

Defending a Case in Lawrence District Court

Anytime you face charges in a relatively small community like Lawrence, it is essential you have a local criminal defense attorney representing you. Attorney Patrick Murphy has been a regular in Lawrence criminal court for decades and understands how local prosecutors and judges handle cases. He uses this knowledge to strategically situate his clients’ cases to obtain the best result possible. The following are a few of the types of cases Attorney Murphy frequently handles:

  • Drug crimes
  • Sex offenses
  • Assault and battery
  • OWI/DUI/OUI charges
  • Robbery and theft offenses
  • Violent crimes

A criminal conviction can not only land you jail but can jeopardize everything you’ve worked so hard for. Reach out to an Essex County criminal defense lawyer today.

Discuss Your Case with a Veteran Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you face criminal charges in Lawrence District Court, your freedom and future are on the line. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy takes an aggressive approach to resolving each of his many clients’ cases. Whether he is advocating on your behalf during plea negotiations, arguing for the suppression of illegally obtained evidence or litigating your case in front of the jury, Attorney Murphy has what it takes to take on the government in even the most complex and high-stakes cases. It may be your future and your freedom on the line, but when you have Attorney Murphy on your case, it’s Our Fight. Call 617-367-0450 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also use our online contact form.

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