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Brighton District Court

Brighton District Court – Formally known as the “Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court”.

The court is located at 52 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, Mass., 02135, and has jurisdiction over arrests and crimes occurring in the following areas of Suffolk County (city of Boston):

  • Allston
  • Brighton

This court has a special place in my heart, as it is where I did my 3rd year student prosecutor’s program, in my last year of law school. Since then, the court has been renovated and modernized substantially. Allston and Brighton are neighborhoods of Boston, and Brighton District Court is one of those courts that frequently sees a lot of action, due to the fact that large numbers of students from two major universities, Boston College and Boston University, live in apartment buildings and dorms inside Allston and Brighton. Additionally, Allston and Brighton have a high number of bars and nightclubs where a lot of drinking takes place. Add alcohol with thousands of college students as well as post-college adults, and you’re going to see more than a small amount of arrests.

Most of those arrests have to do with sex offenses, motor vehicle offenses, drug offenses, assaults & batteries (fights,) as well as property crimes (larceny and various theft crimes). It’s not uncommon to see a large spike in arrests on a variety of these charges, following a big football, hockey or basketball game at these schools. Our firm has particular expertise in defending Massachusetts college student arrests and disciplinary actions. Whether you’re a student or not, if you’ve been arrested and your case is in Brighton District Court, don’t make a mistake in the lawyer that you hire to defend you. The wrong mistake can cost you a lot, down the road – most importantly, in legal results. I’ve been defending clients in Brighton District Court for over 30 years, and have the successful track record of highly satisfied criminal defense clients to prove it.

If you have been arrested by Boston police in either Allston or Brighton, you will be arraigned in Brighton District Court. If you have been arrested and bailed, click here for an important FREE document about “The Top 10 Things To Do If You Are Arrested in Massachusetts.” This FREE information will help you make the best choices you can right now. If you haven’t been arrested, you may still be called to court through a summons in the mail requiring you to appear to be arraigned (which is the process of formally charging someone with a criminal offense.) Or you may have received a court notice to appear for a Clerk-Magistrate’s hearing. Click on that term or click here to be taken to our separate page on Clerk-Magistrate hearings; it will give you detailed information about this type of hearing.

More than one judge sits at Brighton District Court, depending on judicial assignments, which are rotated usually week to week. Typically, one judge will handle arraignments, probation violations, and pre-trial conferences, while other judges may handle jury trials and civil business before the court. Whatever criminal offense you have been charged with in Brighton District Court, it is important that you be represented by an attorney who is very familiar with this court. Attorneys who are “strangers” in any court, will probably not be as able to secure the best result for you, as an attorney who is familiar with the court and its personnel.

Assault and Battery Overview

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

Bail Hearings

Clerk-Magistrate Hearings

Drug Offenses Overview

Domestic Violence

  • Harassment Prevention Orders


Massachusetts College Student Arrests And Disciplinary Hearings

Massachusetts Gun & Firearms Violations

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

Murder and Homicide Law

  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Motor Vehicle Homicide
  • Voluntary Manslaughter

Traffic Violations / Speeding Tickets

  • Operating So As To Endanger

Sex Crimes Overview

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

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

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

Theft Crimes and Property Crimes Overview

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

Westwood and Brighton, 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/Boston, The Boston Herald, Money Matters Radio/Boston, WBZ-AM Radio 1030, Nightside With Dan Rea, WCVB-TV5/Boston, The Metro Newspaper/Boston, and Greater Boston With Emily Rooney. Attorney Kickham is turned to by respected reporters and media organizations as a “go-to” 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.