New Bedford District Court
New Bedford, known for its gang violence, has one of the highest crime rates in all of Massachusetts. In fact, New Bedford’s crime rate for both violent crime and property crime more than doubles the rest of the state’s. Given the city’s reputation, police and prosecutors are aggressively cracking down on all types of crime. If you have a criminal case in New Bedford District Court, you need a lawyer who is familiar with not only the law pertaining to your case but also with the court, its judges, and the prosecutors who are assigned to your case. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy is a veteran Bristol County criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown and Westport.Massachusetts Courts
All criminal cases start off in the trial court. In Massachusetts, these courts are referred to as the district courts. There are 62 district courts across the state. These courts hear all misdemeanors and most felony cases.
If you were arrested in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford or Westport, your case will be heard at the New Bedford District Court, which is located at:
75 N. Sixth Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
The courthouse does not offer free parking. However, there is metered parking and paid parking garages adjacent to the courthouse. You can also get to the New Bedford District Court by taking the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority. If you need to contact the court, you can call 508-999-9700 to speak with the court clerk.Obtaining a New Bedford Police Report
If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Bristol County, you may want to get a copy of the police report. While police reports offer only limited information about your arrest and the crime the government claims you committed, they contain some important information that may give you a better idea of the government’s allegations. To obtain a police report after a New Bedford arrest, you must contact the police department. All requests for police reports must be made in-person at the New Bedford Police Headquarters at 871 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford, MA 02740.
However, certain police reports are not publicly available. For example, police reports involving allegations of domestic violence will only be released to the alleged victim.Defending Against a Case in New Bedford District Court
Each district court in Massachusetts has its own judges, prosecutors, and court rules. When you are looking for a lawyer to represent you, it is important that you select an attorney who has experience in that particular courthouse. This will ensure your attorney understands the local customs and how to best situate your case for a successful resolution. Attorney Patrick Murphy has been handling cases at the New Bedford District Court for almost three decades. He represents clients facing all types of serious crimes, including:
- Allegations of domestic violence
- Gun crimes
- Drug charges
- Violent crimes
- DUI/OUI//DWI cases
It is important you reach out to a criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner they can get to work developing an effective defense strategy.Contact a New Bedford Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you face charges in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown or Westport, don’t put your future in the hands of a lawyer who has never set foot inside the New Bedford District Court. You deserve a lawyer who knows how the individual judges and prosecutors think, how they see cases, and what defenses may be the most compelling. At the Law Offices of Patrick. J Murphy, our Bristol County defense lawyer has extensive experience handling cases in New Bedford District Court. It may be your future and your freedom on the line, but when you bring Attorney Murphy on your team, it’s Our Fight. To learn more about how the Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy can help you defend against the charges you face, call (617) 367-0450 today. You can complete our online contact form, and we will promptly reach out to you.