Brockton: Carrying a Firearm (DISMISSED – VALOR ACT)

Summary of Facts: Our client’s sibling called 911 to report that our client was making threats while brandishing a firearm. Police officers quickly arrived on the scene, and allegedly seized a firearm and ammunition from our client. The seized firearm was an old family heirloom. Our client was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without an FID card. Action: Coughlin Law Group, through Senior Counsel Jon Ciraulo, was hired to represent our client. Upon learning that our client had previously served in the United States…Read more

Newton: Domestic Assault (DISMISSED – VALOR ACT)

Summary of Facts: Our client was observed by a civilian witness striking an alleged victim on the side of the street, and then returning to their vehicle. The police were called and given the vehicle's plate number. Police Officers interviewed the witnesses, and located our client’s vehicle as it was in the driveway of our client’s house. Both our client and the alleged victim were interviewed. Both our client and the alleged victim indicated that there had been a verbal, and then physical, altercation between them. Our client was arrested and charged with…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