Category: News

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...

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...

Criminal Justice Reform Bill: Effects on Theft Offenses

By: Christopher Coughlin
Jun 11, 2018
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. The Attorneys at...

Criminal Justice Reform Bill: Changes to Diversion Programs

By: Christopher Coughlin
May 7, 2018
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. The attorneys at...

Criminal Justice Reform Bill: Changes to Drug Laws

By: Christopher Coughlin
May 3, 2018
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. The Attorneys at Coughlin...

Criminal Justice Reform Bill: Expansion of “Good Samaritan Law” for Drug Possession

By: Christopher Coughlin
Apr 23, 2018
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. The Attorneys at Coughlin...

Criminal Justice Reform Bill: What an OUI Defendant Should Know

By: Christopher Coughlin
Apr 23, 2018
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. The Attorneys at Coughlin...

Threat to Sue is Witness Intimidation, Not Protected Speech

By: Christopher Coughlin
Oct 27, 2014
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...

Police Officer Kills Teenager in St. Louis

By: Christopher Coughlin
Oct 9, 2014
Yesterday, another white police officer killed a black teenager. This killing occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. See Wall St. J., St. Louis Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man (Oct. 9, 2014)....