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

VALOR Act Provides Alternative to Prosecution for Certain Veterans

On May 31, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Senate Bill 2254, better known as the VALOR Act. See Governor's Press Release. Among its many provisions, the VALOR Act gives the district courts and the Boston Municipal Courts the power to divert certain servicemen and veterans to treatment programs rather than prosecute them as alleged criminals. See G.L. c. 276A, § 10. Not every veteran charged with a crime qualifies for the special diversion program, and not every veteran who qualifies for the program should elect to participate in it. But the…Read more