Roxbury District Court: OUI: Not Guilty

Summary of Facts: This Roxbury OUI cases began when our client was found passed out behind the wheel of a car on a street in Boston. After officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance, they heard musing blaring from his vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle officers noticed that the car was running and there was a man slumped over in the driver's seat. Officers tried to wake the man but were unable to for 6 to 8 minutes. After they finally woke him officers said they detected a strong odor of alcohol…Read more

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Important Ruling on Police Interrogations

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued an important decision concerning police interrogations. In Commonwealth v. Smith, the highest court in the Commonwealth reversed a defendant’s murder and attempted armed robbery convictions, and in doing so issued a clear reminder about the importance of honoring a suspect’s Miranda rights, specifically his or her right to remain silent.  The case also raises important questions for criminal defense lawyers and serves as a reminder to those charged with crimes that it does not help to talk to the police without first consulting a lawyer. In…Read more

Medical Marijuana and Drugged Driving in Massachusetts

Voters in Massachusetts voted in November 2012 to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but lawmakers are still working out the details of how to incorporate the reform into the state's existing regulatory structure. One issue that is likely to grow increasingly relevant for medical marijuana users in Massachusetts is the issue of drugged driving and how such charges are prosecuted in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts drugged driving law Massachusetts law provides that a driver can be charged with OUI for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, including…Read more

Boston: Gun Charges and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Our client was facing gun charges. He was pulled over after police received numerous reports of shots fired in downtown Boston. 911 callers were only able to provide police with a vague description of the suspects. Once stopped, the police order our client out of the car and handcuffed him. After a questionable identification procedure with two supposed eyewitnesses, the police arrested our client and the other persons in the car. The police searched the car and found ammunition in the backseat. Our client was charged with multiple firearms offenses…Read more

Warrant Required for Forced DUI Blood Draw, Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling recently that reinforces the rights of people stopped by police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. On April 17, 2013, the Court ruled that police officers should have obtained a warrant before having blood forcibly drawn from a man suspected of DUI after he refused to give his consent to BAC test. This issue has been the topic of widespread debate throughout the country in recent years. Some law enforcement agencies have argued that warrants should not be required due to the time-sensitive…Read more

Boston: Drug Possession and Trespassing: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Our client was charged with drug possession and trespassing. Boston Police observed him in an alleyway that was believed to be a high drug area and was marked with "no trespassing" signs. The police approached and arrested our client for trespass. Shortly after arresting him, the police patted our client down and discovered illegal drugs. Our client was charged with drug possession and trespassing. Action: Attorney Coughlin investigated the scene to determine the validity of the trespass charge. Upon reviewing further evidence and police reports, Attorney Coughlin litigated a motion to…Read more

Falmouth: Criminal Harassment: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: After first hiring a lawyer who was unable to get the outcome our client needed, our client hired Attorney Coughlin to take over the matter. In this case, the victim reported to the police that someone had posted insulting and derogatory blog posts on the Internet about her. The victim told police that she had a restraining order against our client and that she believed our client was the person responsible for the blog posts. Our client was later arrested and charged with criminal harassment. The first attorney had filed…Read more

Dedham: Shoplifting: Case Dismissed (Prior to Arraignment)

Summary of Facts: Our client was accused of stealing items from a store in the Dedham mall. A loss prevention officer claimed she observed our client enter a dressing room with a number of items and then leave that dressing room without the same number of items. Loss prevention claimed to have then searched the dressing room looking for the additional items without finding any. Action: Attorney Coughlin informed the client of her right to challenge the case prior to the issuance of a formal criminal complaint. We met with her and her…Read more

Brockton: Assault & Battery: Case Dismissed (prior to Arraignment)

Summary of Facts: Our client, who works in the health care industry, was involved in a physical altercation in the parking lot of a MBTA commuter rail station. He had just dropped his wife off at the station and was accused of initiating conflict with another commuter waiting for the train. What started out as a verbal argument quickly turned into a physical one. The police were called and when they arrived they interviewed both parties involved as well as other commuter witnesses. The investigation implicated our client as the aggressor. The police…Read more

Falmouth: Assault and Battery: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Police were called regarding a domestic disturbance at our client's (a marketing professional) house. The police found a chaotic scene in which multiple family member's described a physical altercation that just occurred. Some of the individuals had visible injuries and everyone was emotionally upset. It was reported to the police that our client hit another household member with a large household item. Our client was arrested for Assault and Battery on a Household Member and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. Action: Our client hired Attorney Ciraulo after her…Read more