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: 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