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

Falmouth: Assault and Battery: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Police were called regarding a domestic disturbance at our client's (a marketing professional) house. The police found a chaotic scene in which multiple family member's described a physical altercation that just occurred. Some of the individuals had visible injuries and everyone was emotionally upset. It was reported to the police that our client hit another household member with a large household item. Our client was arrested for Assault and Battery on a Household Member and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. Action: Our client hired Attorney Ciraulo after her…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

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

Barnstable: Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon: Dismissed

Summary of Facts: Our client (a physician) and her spouse became involved in a verbal and physical altercation in their home. Both parties suffered minor injuries and the police were called. After speaking with both our client and her spouse, the police claimed that our client was the instigator and charged her with assault and battery on a domestic partner and assault with a dangerous weapon. Action: Attorney Ciraulo worked with our client to craft a defense based on certain privileges belonging to our client and her spouse. Once advised by Attorney Ciraulo,…Read more

Threat to Sue is Witness Intimidation, Not Protected Speech

On October 22, 2014, In an unpublished opinion in Commonwealth v. Simeone, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that a person who threatens to sue a witness in a criminal case with the specific intent to impede or obstruct the witness from participating in a criminal proceeding can be found guilty of Witness Intimidation under G.L. ch. 268 § 13B. In this case, the defendant in a criminal proceeding admitted to saying to a witness "[w]ait until [your] court date, [I'm] going to make sure [you] get screwed,” and also admitted that he…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 and conducted an investigation, the officers filed for a criminal complaint against our client. At this time, our client lived in a different state and needed local counsel to defend him. He hired Attorney Coughlin. Action: Attorney Coughlin coordinated with our long-distance client a review of all the evidence. Recognizing the lack of proof that showed our client was the person responsible for the…Read more

Barnstable: Unlawful Possession of Firearm: Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Summary of Facts: While investigating a different matter 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 home. 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: Once retained as counsel, Attorney Coughlin reviewed the case and filed a motion to…Read more