New Bedford District Court

Respected Defense Attorney Representing Clients Throughout Bristol County

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:

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.

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