Natick: Criminal Motor Vehicle Violations (DISMISSED BY CLERK MAGISTRATE)

Summary of Facts: Our client was pulled over by a Massachusetts State Trooper for travelling 90 M.P.H. in 65 M.P.H. zone. After a brief encounter between our client and the trooper, it was discovered that our client had inadvertently let her driver’s license expire. The officer issued a citation. Subsequently, our client was given a notice to appear for a Magistrate’s hearing, on charges of speeding and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to represent our client for the Magistrate’s hearing. He advised our client to renew…Read more

Seabrook, NH: DWI (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was involved in a minor motor vehicle accident while driving through New Hampshire on the way to Massachusetts. When police arrived on the scene, our client was given a number of Field Sobriety Tests, which our client did not complete to the satisfaction of the officer. Our client was then arrested, and given a breathalyzer test. Our client failed the breathalyzer test, recording a score of .09%. Our client was subsequently charged with DWI. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to represent our client. Attorney Coughlin spoke at…Read more

Concord: Domestic Assault (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Officers responded to our client’s home for reports of a domestic disturbance. Our client’s spouse informed the officers who responded that our client had made a violent threat with a chair. Our client was also interviewed, and denied having done this. Nonetheless, our client was arrested and charged with assault. Action: Coughlin Law Group was hired to defend to our client against this charge, as well as in a restraining order filed by our client’s spouse. Prior to the first hearing, and after tempers had calmed down, Attorney Christopher Coughlin…Read more

Brockton: Carrying a Firearm (DISMISSED – VALOR ACT)

Summary of Facts: Our client’s sibling called 911 to report that our client was making threats while brandishing a firearm. Police officers quickly arrived on the scene, and allegedly seized a firearm and ammunition from our client. The seized firearm was an old family heirloom. Our client was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without an FID card. Action: Coughlin Law Group, through Senior Counsel Jon Ciraulo, was hired to represent our client. Upon learning that our client had previously served in the United States…Read more

Lynn: OUI 2nd (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was stopped at a roadblock on a major Massachusetts highway. After performing Field Sobriety Tests, our client was given a breathalyzer test and recorded a score of 0.09% (.01% above the legal limit). It was soon discovered that our client had a prior DUI in California in 2008. Given the prior DUI, our client was charged with a second offense OUI. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to defend the OUI 2nd Charge. Attorney Coughlin filed a motion to suppress, challenging the procedures that were followed in the…Read more

Roxbury: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was reported by a 911 caller to have been threatening his father-in-law with a knife, while in their shared building. When the police arrived, our client was found in his room, sitting on his couch. He was then arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin represented our client. Attorney Coughlin filed various pre-trial motions including a motion to suppress the knife discovered at the scene. At the trial date, the Commonwealth failed to bring all the witnesses necessary to prove the charge…Read more

Newton: Domestic Assault (DISMISSED – VALOR ACT)

Summary of Facts: Our client was observed by a civilian witness striking an alleged victim on the side of the street, and then returning to their vehicle. The police were called and given the vehicle's plate number. Police Officers interviewed the witnesses, and located our client’s vehicle as it was in the driveway of our client’s house. Both our client and the alleged victim were interviewed. Both our client and the alleged victim indicated that there had been a verbal, and then physical, altercation between them. Our client was arrested and charged with…Read more

Plaistow, NH: DWI (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was stopped by a police officer after entering the driveway of his home. There had been reports that our client had been operating erratically. Our client was given a standard battery of Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. Our client refused to take the breathalyzer test and was charged with Driving under the Influence. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin represented our client. Attorney Coughlin immediately got into contact with the police prosecutor, and began to negotiate the charges. At the first court appearance, Attorney Coughlin was able to negotiate…Read more

Gloucester: Criminal Motor Vehicle Violation (DISMISSED PRIOR TO ARRAIGNMENT)

Summary of Facts: Our client’s motor vehicle was found parked illegally by an Officer of the Gloucester Police Department. When the officer queried the vehicle’s license plates, it was discovered that the vehicle’s insurance had lapsed and that our client’s license had been suspended as a result. The officer mailed our client a citation, charging her with an uninsured motor vehicle and a suspended license. The citation was delivered almost two weeks later, on the day before Thanksgiving. When our client attempted to exercise her right to a magistrate’s hearing after the holiday,…Read more

Manchester, NH: Assault (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was charged with Assault, after a third party witnessed what he believed to be our client slapping and pushing our client’s significant other. Our client and the alleged victim both made statements to the police, acknowledging the push, but denying the slap. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to represent our client a just few weeks prior to the trial date. At the trial date, Attorney Coughlin presented our side of the story to the prosecutor and convinced them to drop all charges. Result: The Prosecutor dismissed the case against…Read more