Lawrence District Court
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.