Criminal Justice Reform: Effects on OUI Charges

On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a new bill that made a number of important changes to the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System. As part of this bill, certain changes were made that will have an effect on people charged with OUI (Operating under the Influence) in Massachusetts. Most of these changes will create additional obstacles for OUI defendants. With these changes, it is more important than ever to hire an experienced OUI Defense attorney to represent you. Speak with a Coughlin Law Group OUI Attorney today, either online…Read more

Seabrook, NH: DWI (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was involved in a minor motor vehicle accident while driving through New Hampshire on the way to Massachusetts. When police arrived on the scene, our client was given a number of Field Sobriety Tests, which our client did not complete to the satisfaction of the officer. Our client was then arrested, and given a breathalyzer test. Our client failed the breathalyzer test, recording a score of .09%. Our client was subsequently charged with DWI. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to represent our client. Attorney Coughlin spoke at…Read more

Lynn: OUI 2nd (DISMISSED)

Summary of Facts: Our client was stopped at a roadblock on a major Massachusetts highway. After performing Field Sobriety Tests, our client was given a breathalyzer test and recorded a score of 0.09% (.01% above the legal limit). It was soon discovered that our client had a prior DUI in California in 2008. Given the prior DUI, our client was charged with a second offense OUI. Action: Attorney Christopher Coughlin was hired to defend the OUI 2nd Charge. Attorney Coughlin filed a motion to suppress, challenging the procedures that were followed in the…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

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