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Suffolk County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Suffolk County was created by the Massachusetts General Court, on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered “that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four shires.” It was named Suffolk County after Suffolk, England which means “southern folk.” Originally, Suffolk County contained Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth and Hingham. About hundred years later in 1731, the western portion of Suffolk County was split off into another county – Worcester County. Then sixty years after that, in 1793, most of the original Suffolk County except for Boston, Chelsea, Hingham, and Hull split off and became Norfolk County. In the late 19th century, Boston annexed several adjacent cities and towns including Hyde Park, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Dorchester from Norfolk County and Charlestown and Brighton from Middlesex County, resulting in an enlargement of Suffolk County.

In 1999, most of the Suffolk County functions were taken away from the county and given to the state. Therefore Suffolk County exists today as a historical geographic region, and has no county government. The sheriff, district attorney, and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council, executives or commissioners. Before the abolition of county government, the Boston City Council had exercised the authority of the Suffolk County Commission, even though three communities in the county are not part of the city.

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 377,104 total crimes reported in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and 78,948 of those crimes were violent. Of the 37,710 crimes that take place per year in Suffolk County, almost half of them transpire less than one mile from home. On average in this county, someone is a victim of crime every thirteen minutes. This disturbingly high number includes 600 murders, 3,338 rapes and two hundred and fifty-one thousand thefts, which include sixty two thousand and seven hundred and ten car thefts.

Suffolk County has many court divisions in it and the divisions all fall under the Boston Municipal Court, Central Division, the main municipal court located at 24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA and has jurisdiction over a significant portion of downtown Boston. The court system in Suffolk County also includes the Suffolk Superior Court which is located at the Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA. The Chelsea Division, where you can find the Chelsea District Court Division, has jurisdiction over the municipalities of Chelsea and Revere, and is located at 120 Broadway. The Brighton Division, which holds the Brighton District Court, can be found at 52 Academy Hill Rd, in the Brighton area of Boston. The Brighton Court handles all cases from Allston and Brighton. The Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court can be found at 3 City Square and has jurisdiction over the area of Charlestown. The Dorchester District Court can be found at 510 Washington St. and has jurisdiction over both Dorchester and Mattapan. The East Boston District Court at 37 Meridian St, has jurisdiction over both East Boston and Winthrop. The Roxbury District Court has jurisdiction over all of Roxbury and is on 85 Warren St. The South Boston District Court is located at 535 E. Broadway and has jurisdiction over all cases originating in South Boston. And the West Roxbury District Court is housed at 445 Arborway and has jurisdiction over cases from Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury.

Experienced Suffolk 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 Suffolk County. Boston criminal defense lawyer Patrick J. Murphy's law office is conveniently located at One South Market Street, Fourth Floor in heart of Suffolk County in downtown Boston. 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