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Dennis Murphy

Criminal defense Attorney at Annapolis, MD

3.8   6 reviews

also known as James Dennis Murphy Jr

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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    From serious felonies, like homicide and child abuse, to marijuana crimes and traffic cases, we can develop a personalized criminal defense strategy.

    39 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Due to the serious potential penalties involved, we are often retained to defend serious traffic violations, including drunk driving (DUI) cases, especially those which involve accidents, injuries or prior offenses.

    39 years

  3. Federal crime
    We provide legal assistance for drug offenses, conspiracy charges, child pornography, financial crimes, forfeiture defense, money laundering, and much more.

    39 years

  4. Military law
    The types of military cases we defend include general and special courts-martial as well as representation for administrative discharge boards. Please go to my website to view more information.

    39 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    A criminal traffic violation carries the possibility of significant point assessments on your driver's license, higher insurance rates and even loss of your driver's license.

  6. White collar crime
    Our experience shows that the types of theft and fraud cases typically prosecuted in state court are often related to the need for the offender to obtain money to fund an addiction.

  7. Child abuse
    Criminal defense lawyers experienced in defending these types of cases can often identify patterns of the child's or parent's behavior that can expose the false nature of the allegations in those cases.

  8. Appeals

    39 years

  9. Immigration

    39 years


Dennis Murphy, our Senior Partner, is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as a 1985 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. From 1986 through 1990, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. During that time, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal cases in the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland as well as for the Territory of Guam. From 1988 through 1990, he served on the legal staff of the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy before entering private practice and founding our firm in 1990. He is a Member of the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, as well as the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Areas of Practice

  • 65% Criminal Law
  • 20% DUI/DWI
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Military Cases
  • Sex Offenses
  • Federal Criminal
  • DUI Traffic

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland - 1985
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County - 1982

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, Officer
  • Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, Legal Staff, 1988 - 1990

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Murphy & Price, LLP
Murphy & Price, LLP
7 Central Avenue
Suite B
Glen Burnie, MD, 21061
Murphy & Price, LLP
12216 Ocean Gateway
Suite 500
Ocean City, MD, 21842
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3.8 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
Posted by Darryl | November 11, 2010
Thank You
Attorney Murphy was very knowledgable of the facts in my case and the options I had, he was trustworthy and kept me well informed.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2010
Excellent Trial Lawyer
Dennis Murphy is a superb lawyer. He is professional, has a great working relationship with the other lawyers, police and judges and got me acquitted!
Posted by EMMA | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent criminal and military defense attorney
I hired Mr Murphy in last second of administrative discharge he gather the evidence in very short period of time because he knows a lot of people expect, relationships with other lawyers. He was very knowledgeable in both criminal and military law and most importantly he was so passionate, very organized, respectful, and update me in my case. I believe he is great attorney and he deserves more than 05 stars.
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Posted by Jon hurley | December 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely competent
Mr Murphy is top notch. One of the best I've ever dealt with. He is absolutely knowledgeable. And has a fierce competitiveness and drive to win. He's not afraid to tell you not to do something if it. could hurt your case. He always has your best interest at the forefront. Nothing phoney about this guy! They only readon i didnt givw him a full 5 stars is because i havent gon to trial yet. I'm sure I will be changing it to a 5 afterwords
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I was very disappointed with Mr. Murphy's services. Let me first say that I did receive a low sentence so that does not involve opinion. Mr. Murphy charged a very high price. He was not familiar with my case at all. On the day of sentencing he asked questions that were answered the whole being his client. His daughter took care of my whole case. His closing argument had nothing to do with my case. Very disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Avoid at all costs
My experience was not good, unfortunately. Dennis did not appear to be prepared to argue my case, though he had been representing me in a military legal proceeding for about 18 months. His closing argument during the hearing was so rambling and disjointed that the military attorney assisting in the case had to pass him a note telling him that it was time to wrap it up. During the hearing I had to give him notes to prompt him to ask certain questions that were obvious even to someone without a law degree. At one point he and the military lawyer adjourned to the hallway to discuss an issue about calling a witness that should have been decided before the hearing even began. During this ad hoc sidebar, Dennis spoke so loudly, the board members could clearly hear him speaking from the hallway about issues they should not have heard and I had to excuse myself and tell him to keep his voice down. I honestly feel that I could have done a better job of representing myself.
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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Murphy & Price, LLP
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of J. Dennis Murphy, Jr., P.A.
  • 1990 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • United States Navy Judge Advocate General
  • 1985 - 1990


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Dennis
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dennis is my mentor and law partner. He is an excellent litigator, whose work is well-respected among trial lawyers. Obviously, since we are in the same firm, I may be considered biased, but I believe I speak for most all of our colleagues. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Federal crime

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Annapolis Criminal defense Lawyer Dennis Murphy
Dennis Murphy
Criminal defense Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 38 years
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