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Boston Municipal Court

The official title of this court is the “Central Division of the Boston Municipal Court,” but it’s referred to informally as the “BMC-Central”. This is the main court of the Boston Municipal Court, and while it is made up of 8 divisions serving areas of Brighton, Central (downtown), Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury, the BMC’s primary jurisdiction is downtown Boston. You can learn more information about each of those court by clicking on them.

Prosecutions being brought in the other seven city areas listed above (aside from BMC- Central,) are brought before those individual courts. The total number of judges that sit in all eight divisions of the BMC number about 30, and approximately 10 of these sit at the BMC Central. The types of criminal cases that may be filed in the Boston Municipal Court include most felonies and misdemeanors that don’t carry a state prison sentence, as well as felonies punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years.

This court is located at 24 New Chardon Street, Boston, Mass., 02114; The phone number to the court is: (617) 788- 8700. The court has jurisdiction over arrests and crimes occurring primarily downtown Boston.

If you have been arrested by police in downtown Boston, you will be arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court-Central. If you have already been arrested and bailed, click here to receive our important FREE document about “The Top 10 Things To Do If You Are Arrested in Massachusetts.”This FREE information will help you make the right choices that you need to right now.

If you haven’t been arrested, you might have received a summons to appear for an arraignment (which is the process of formally charging someone with a criminal offense,) or been told to appear for a Clerk-Magistrate’s hearing. Click on that term or click here to be taken to our separate page about Clerk-Magistrate hearings, that will give you detailed information on this type of hearing.

The BMC-Central has over 10 different courtrooms located on several different floors, and different judges rotate sitting in those courtrooms, depending on judicial assignments, which vary from week to week. These judges preside over anything from arraignments to bail hearing to probation violations, pre-trial conferences, suppression hearings and trials. Obviously, because its jurisdiction is the downtown area of Boston, the BMC-Central is always busy, simply because a lot of people live and/or work in Boston, and because there are many bars and nightclubs in the city, together with the Boston Garden and Fenway Park.

Our office can very effectively represent you in Boston Municipal Court you if you have been arrested for, or accused of, any number of criminal offenses, including:

Assault and Battery Overview

  • Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony
  • Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon
  • Aggravated Assault & Battery

Domestic Violence

  • Harassment Prevention Orders


Murder and Homicide Law

  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Motor Vehicle Homicide
  • Voluntary Manslaughter

Sex Crimes Overview

  • Indecent Exposure
  • Rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Indecent Assault & Battery On A Child Under 14
  • Prostitution, Soliciting and Pimping
  • Indecent Assault & Battery On A Person Over Age 14
  • Open & Gross Conduct/Lewd And Lascivious Behavior
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Rape
  • Aggravated Rape

Massachusetts College Student Arrests And Disciplinary Hearings

Traffic Violations / Speeding Tickets

  • Operating So As To Endanger

Bail Hearings

Clerk-Magistrate Hearings

Drug Offenses Overview

Massachusetts Gun & Firearms Violations

  • Drug Possession Charges
  • School Zone Drug Violations
  • Controlled Substances Act List
  • Drug Possession With Intent to Distribute
  • Drug Trafficking

Operating Under The Influence/Driving While Under The Influence - OUI/DUI

  • Blood Alcohol Content (“BAC”) Standards & Penalties
  • Common Questions and Answers
  • Massachusetts Hardship Licenses
  • Massachusetts OUI/DUI Laws and Penalties
  • Melanie's Law

Theft Crimes and Property Crimes Overview

  • Larceny By Stealing From The Person
  • Larceny By Stealing In a Building
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny of Leased or Rented Property
  • Larceny By Check
  • Burglary Crimes
  • Robbery Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Larceny Of A Motor Vehicle
  • Larceny By Stealing

Whatever criminal offense that you or someone you know might be charged with in Boston Municipal Court, it is very important that you be represented by an attorney who is familiar with this court. Attorneys who are not very familiar with a given court, will likely not be as able to secure the best outcome for you, as an attorney who knows the court and its personnel. Our firm has appeared in this court many times. We are familiar with how the court operates, its ‘culture,’ and we know how to get you the best legal outcome possible. Click here to see a partial sampling of some of the results we’ve obtained for our clients.

Westwood and Boston, Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer William D. Kickham has appeared as a legal analyst on a variety of respected media, including Court TV, Fox News TV-25/BostonThe Boston HeraldWBZ-AM Radio 1030WCVB-TV5/BostonNightside With Dan ReaGreater Boston With Emily RooneyMoney Matters Radio/Boston, and The Metro Newspaper/Boston.  Attorney Kickham is turned to by respected reporters and media organizations as an authoritative expert in the field of criminal defense law, and the case results he produces for his clients demonstrate this. Call us today at Ph.: (781) 320-0062, or Ph.: (617) 285-3600, to arrange for a free initial consultation of your case. If the matter is not an emergency, you can email us here for a free initial consult and we will respond to you very promptly.

Client Reviews
When I was arrested for DUI, I was absolutely terrified. Had it not been for you, I might have been convicted of something I was not at all guilty of. My work life, my family life, my reputation, all could have been destroyed. You stood by me like the legal version of a bodyguard - and because of you, I was found not guilty. G.M.
When we got the call that our son had been arrested and charged with rape, we almost fainted. We know our son. He is not violent; he has never abused anyone, let alone another girl… If not for you and your "take no prisoners" attitude, our son might have been convicted of a crime that would have sent him to state prison. As far as we're concerned, our son owes you his life, and we owe you the world. We will never forget you. A.H. and P.H.
I hired Mr. William D. Kickham for a very important legal issue and I was extremely satisfied by the results. His in depth knowledge about the matter and his intelligent thinking was extremely beneficial. He is really an expert. He was also very supportive and sensitive towards my concerns. It was great to have a lawyer of his capacity. Thanks William for all the Help. N.G.
Atty. Kickham defended me on a charge of raping my girlfriend, who made up the whole story out of revenge because I was interested in someone else. If it weren’t for Attorney Kickham proving me innocent, God knows what might have happened to me. Z.B.
Mr. Kickham represented me on a trumped-up charge of domestic violence. The prosecutor and police wouldn’t back down, even after my spouse told them it was all untrue. They insisted on taking me to trial, and Mr. Kickham never wavered. He was my legal bodyguard, and I was found not guilty. M.B.
Of the many talents Atty. Kickham has, two are these: 1) He is ten times as persuasive as the best lawyer you’ve seen in the movies; and 2) Nothing - but nothing - gets by him. The police arrested me on completely false drug charges, and after a heated courtroom battle, Atty. Kickham won the day. Trust me, it was no surprise. D.C.
Because I mildly disciplined my child for throwing a tantrum, I was actually charged with child abuse. It was horrifying. Atty. Kickham fought for me tooth and nail, until I was declared not guilty. One hell of a lawyer. D.D.
I complimented a co-worker on her looks and patted her on the back as I did so. Two hours later, the police showed up and accused me of indecent assault & battery. From the day I hired him, Atty. Kickham fought the DA’s office until the charges were dropped. If not for him, my life would have been ruined. A.K.