Criminal Justice Reform: Effects on OUI Charges

On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a new bill that made a number of important changes to the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System. As part of this bill, certain changes were made that will have an effect on people charged with OUI (Operating under the Influence) in Massachusetts. Most of these changes will create additional obstacles for OUI defendants. With these changes, it is more important than ever to hire an experienced OUI Defense attorney to represent you. Speak with a Coughlin Law Group OUI Attorney today, either online…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

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

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

Roxbury District Court: OUI: Not Guilty

Summary of Facts: 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 and found numerous beer cans strewn…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

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: Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle: Dismissed (prior to Arraignment)

Summary of Facts: Our client was allegedly observed driving twice the speed limit on a major thoroughfare in Boston. The police pulled our client over and claimed to smell alcohol on our client's breath. Our client admitted to the trooper that he had been drinking earlier in the evening. The trooper ordered our client to perform field sobriety tests and our client complied and passed two out of three. Our client was cited for multiple traffic violations and criminally charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Action: Attorney Coughlin continued our client's…Read more

Springfield: DWI/DUI/OUI: Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Our client (a physician) was stopped on his way home from a holiday party. His daughter and a friend were in the car with him when they came upon a sobriety checkpoint (a.k.a. DUI roadblock). Our client rolled down his window and had some conversation with the initial trooper (the "screener"). Based on an alleged odor of alcohol our client was directed to drive his car into the evaluation area (the "pit"). In the pit our client was ordered out of his car and made to take field sobriety tests. After…Read more

Dorchester: DUI/DWI/OUI: Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Summary of Facts: While driving to drop her friend off late one night on the campus of UMass-Boston, our client was stopped by the UMass-Boston police. The police approached our client's car and began to question our client. The officers claimed that our client exhibited the usual signs of intoxication: strong odor of alcohol and glassy red eyes. The police ordered our client out of the car, forced her to do field sobriety tests, and then arrested her. The officers asserted our client was combative and uncooperative. Action: Detecting the unlawful nature of…Read more
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