Accused of Domestic Violence?

By: Christopher Coughlin
Jan 22, 2020
Defining Domestic Assault and Battery In the state of Massachusetts, it is illegal to physically harm, attempt to physically harm, inflict fear of imminent serious physical harm, or initiate involuntary...

Brunch OUI | Massachusetts Daytime Drunk Driving

By: Christopher Coughlin
Dec 18, 2019
Bay Staters Drunk Driving at Brunch Massachusetts ranks #6 in daytime drunk driving fatalities, according to a new study. Insurance company QuoteWizard synthesized data from the National Highway Traffic Safety...

What Should I Wear to Court?

By: Christopher Coughlin
Nov 20, 2019
Why Your Courtroom Attire Matters It is very important to give yourself every advantage in court, and this includes making a good first impression. Everyone present will take note of...

Why You Need a Lawyer for a Clerk Magistrate Hearing

By: Christopher Coughlin
Oct 16, 2019
While many people assume that criminal activity of any sort will result in an immediate arrest and arraignment, this is not necessarily the case. In Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 218,...

Is Encore Boston Harbor a Bad Bet? Police Respond to Several Fights

By: Christopher Coughlin
Sep 10, 2019
This June, the Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino opened its doors. The 33-acre development, the largest of its kind in the state of Massachusetts, sits just outside of Boston...

Pulled Over by Police? Know Your Rights

By: Christopher Coughlin
Aug 16, 2019
If you are stopped by a police officer who suspects you of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OUI) in Massachusetts, it’s important to know your rights before making any...

Judge Rules that Breath Tests Results Cannot Currently Be Admitted – What These Means for OUI Defendants

By: Christopher Coughlin
Jan 16, 2019
Background In 2011, Massachusetts police departments began using the Draeger 9510 breathalyzer machine to measure the blood alcohol content (“BAC”) of people arrested for drunk driving. At that time, the...

The BRAVE Act: How veterans and active duty military may avoid OUI prosecution

By: Christopher Coughlin
Nov 20, 2018
When the landmark Criminal Justice Reform bill was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in April of 2018, a number of substantial changes were made to the criminal...

Seabrook, NH: Aggravated DWI: Dismissed

By: Christopher Coughlin
Nov 7, 2018
Summary of Facts: Our client was stopped by a police officer for speeding. The officer, suspicious of DWI, had our client take field sobriety tests, which were captured on the...

Lawrence: Reckless Endangerment of a Child: Pre-Trial Probation

By: Christopher Coughlin
Nov 1, 2018
Summary of Facts: Our client worked as a school van driver, transporting children to and from homes outside of their school district. With a student in his van, and on...