Dorchester: Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was suspected of possessing firearms, leading to a search warrant being granted for our client’s home. Police stopped our client, took the keys to our client’s home, and entered. Inside they discovered a bag filled with marijuana. Our client was then charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class D Drug (marijuana). Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin represented our client. Attorney Coughlin filed a motion to suppress the evidence seized at our client’s home, arguing the invalidity of the search warrant. On the date of trial, months after…Read more

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

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

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

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 running and get into a car. The police stopped the car, pulled everyone out, 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 was appointed to…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

Boston: DUI/OUI: Motion to Suppress Allowed

Summary of Facts: Our client was a mid-twenties professional that worked in Boston for a tech startup. He was stopped one weekend night for driving the wrong way down a one way street. The Boston Police officer that stopped our client claimed he detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed other signs of alcohol use and impairment. He order our client to exit his vehicle and eventually placed him under arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol (OUI/DUI). At the police station the client was administered a breathalyzer test and the…Read more