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

Barnstable: Restraining Order Violation: Complaint Denied

Summary of Facts: While subject to a restraining order against a former partner, our client was accused of sending indecent e-mails to his ex-partner. Once the police were notified, the officers filed for a criminal complaint against our client. At this time, our client lived in a different state and needed local counsel. He hired Attorney Coughlin. Action: Recognizing the lack of proof that showed our client was the person who sent the e-mails, Attorney Coughlin persuasively argued to the magistrate that there was insufficient evidence to establish probable cause. Outcome: The Court…Read more

Barnstable: Unlawful Possession of Firearm: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: While investigating a different case in an apartment complex, police officers claimed to have observed our client engaging in suspicious activity in his home. The police went to the front door and asked for permission to come inside. A separate household member allowed the officers to enter. The officers learned that our client had placed something in his closet and proceeded to search his bedroom. The police found a handgun and arrested our client. Action: As counsel for our client, Attorney Coughlin reviewed the case and filed a motion to suppress…Read more

Barnstable: Gun Charges and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon: Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Barnstable police received reports of shots fired and individuals fleeing in different directions. When officers arrived on the scene, the police observed our client and other people get into a car. The police stopped the car and pulled everyone out of the car and placed them into separate cruisers. After searching the car, the police found ammunition. Officers then searched the surrounding area and found a shotgun. Other searches near the reported shooting turned up a spent shotgun shell that matched the ammunition in the car. Action: Attorney Coughlin represented…Read more

Barnstable: Possession of Cocaine: Motion to Dismiss Allowed

Summary of Facts: Our client was a young woman that made a mistaking in trusting her boyfriend.  She was a passenger in a car that he was driving.  After being stopped by police, the boyfriend attempted to rid himself of the illegal narcotics he was carrying by throwing them toward our client's purse.  Because of the large quantity and packaging, both were subsequently arrested for possession with intent to distribute a class B substance. Action: Attorney Coughlin drafted a motion to dismiss challenging the Commonwealth's evidence. At hearing attorney Coughlin argued there was no…Read more