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Christopher B. Coughlin

DUI and DWI Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   50 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    All DUI, OUI and Motor Vehicle Homicide Offenses: * 1st Offense OUI & DUI * 2nd Offense OUI & DUI * 3rd Offense & Felony OUI & DUI * Motor Vehicle Homicide (Negligence & OUI) * Operating on a License Suspended for OUI * Ignition Interlock Device

    16 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    All Felonies and Misdemeanors: * Larceny and Theft Crimes * Domestic Assault & Battery * Drug and Narcotic Offenses * Firearm Possession and Offenses

    16 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Sex crime
    10%
    All sexual assault and sex crime cases: * Indecent exposure * Open and gross * Sex for a Fee * Indecent assault and battery * Rape * Rape of a Child (including statutory rape) * Aggravated Sexual Assault

    16 years

  4. Violent crime
    10%
    All Assaults and Robbery Charges: * Domestic Assault & Battery * Armed Robbery * Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

    16 years

  5. Expungement
    5%
    Petitions and Motions to Seal (MA) & Expunge (NH): * Motion to Seal CORI Records (MA) * Motion to Expunge (NH) * Motions for New Trial * Appeals and Post-Conviction Motions and Relief

    16 years

I am a fomer prosecuter with over 10 years and 100 trials worth of experience. As a prosecutor I handled thousands of criminal cases. Having played on both sides of the field helps me anticipate what the other side is thinking.

Since becoming a defense attorney I have secured hundreds of dismissals and favorable verdicts for my clients. I pride myself on my tenacity and results. In my practice I treat everyone with respect and courtesy and in turn they trust and respect me.

-Christopher B. Coughlin

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Licensed for 16 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/19/2022
State NH
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 02/26/2010

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Nicole | October 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Advice & Service and Reasonably Priced
I found Mr. Coughlin online. I called him at an odd hour during the weekend. I received a call back within 10-15 minutes. Mr. Coughlin was professional and resonable priced. He kept open communication and eased my fears. He never promised anything but was confident my case could have a positive outcome. He was right! I would highly recommend Chris. Again, he was reasonably priced, open communication and made no promises but delivers favorably.
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Response from Christopher Coughlin November 15, 2017
This case was in Falmouth District Court. I'm so happy we were able to get you on the road to a dismissal of your case. Thank you for your service in the military and good luck with the rest of your career!
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won my case.
Initial contact with Chris was at 2am at the Police Station where I was taken into custody. It was then that I knew that Chris really cared about my situation - who would leave their family and home in the early morning hours to see a client and not even sure he would be the one to take the job? I was charged with assault with dangerous weapon. After numerous visits to the courthouse Chris's knowledge, persistence, attention to detail he won my case free and clear . I highly recommend him to anyone with a similar case. Trust is key in situations like this and I would trust him to represent anyone I know.
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Posted by Tim | October 21, 2022
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Great Lawyer!
Chris is amazing! He works really hard and cares about your case. I would highly recommend using him. He will be your best bet for a positive outcome.
Posted by Veronica | October 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Manager
Attorney Christopher Coughlin was and amazing lawyer. He really understood our needs and tried to ensure our case was moved along given that we had an urgent situation. He advocated for us appropriately and really helped us make the right decision every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to hire a defense attorney. He legal strategy is strong and really understands how the justice systems works from all side. I am so happy with our outcome. I would also say that unlike other attorneys I worked with he is reasonably and fairly priced. I would look no further and just hire him
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Posted by Kurt | September 16, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Above and beyond
Atty Coughlin responded to a phone call I made to his office within 10 mins of me reaching out. He spoke to me for almost an hour, offering insight and advice that was geared towards a positive outcome for me regardless of whether I retained his services or not. He gave me the information I needed to go into court with a clear understanding of what was best for my situation. The day I went to court, Atty Coughlin again responded to a phone call in less than 10 mins. He again took the time to review a deal that was offered to me and weigh in with his opinion as if he were representing me. The time and information he gave me allowed me to make a decision that best resolved my situation and avoided a much lengthier time of stress. He was professional and courteous and genuinely cares for the outcomes of his clients and non clients. I would not hesitate to retain and recommend the services of Atty Coughlin to anyone that is in need of legal advice or representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2022
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Phenomenal
Chris Coughlin solved my case with a more than favorable outcome. He mitigated any worries I had regarding my first time having to deal with the justice system. Thank you Chris!
Posted by Lukas | April 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Lifesaver!!
Being a client of Chris’s for several years and working together to resolve my two criminal cases. With the conclusion of BOTH cases getting resolved and under my circumstances, the results were considerably outstanding & I'm completely satisfied and GRATEFUL!!! He maintained strong communication, he is very knowledgeable and does serious research regarding particular situations, he's definitely worth every penny, and then some!! I was facing serious time, and loss of license, he stayed by my side fighting for me and I never lost my license or any driving privileges!!! He is super easy to talk to, he is always there- reliable! Chris is a phenomenal lawyer and ill forever recommend him!! Remember; YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! Thanks, Chris!! You helped me keep my family together and allowed us to remain together and allowed me to provide for my family!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
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Chris gave me my life back
I don't know where to begin. I went to Chris after experiencing the worst night of my life. I found myself in a position I never would have imagined. I remember calling Chris at an odd time of night with my mother and just crying. He was understanding and supportive and empathized with my position. In the three years we battled this together Chris began to feel like a family member, he stood by me alongside my supportive Mom. This issue posed a threat to my career which I worked so hard to achieve. I was not ready to allow one horrible night to undo all my hard work and reflect onto my future. Chris understood this, he counseled me carefully. As each court date approached I grew increasingly anxious, at times physically ill. But Chris continued with determination and was by my side calculating always. When my trial arrived I was full of all emotions but ultimately I knew in my heart Chris would fight for me and I could trust and believe in him. And, I was not wrong. He was incredible and in closing arguments I saw some jurors literally on the edge of their seat listening intently, engaged in him, telling my side. I didn't have to testify because Chris was my voice. When the verdict of NOT GUILTY was read I could breathe a sigh of relief, the 3 years of torture had finally ended. I will forever cherish the moment in which I could hug him and thank him for giving me my life back. Chris is a champion, he is skilled and intelligent and ultimately he cares. I could not have asked for anything more, THANK YOU CHRIS, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
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Excellent, professional attorney and a great person
Christopher Coughlin is a lifesaver. Highly, highly recommend. There is no better person you can hire to represent you. I was charged with two felonies that had the capacity to (and likely would) fully ruin my career, relationships, freedom, and future. After dealing with an initial attorney that was unresponsive and did not give me a sense of confidence, I knew I had to switch representation and eventually gave Christopher a call. This was the best decision of my life. Mr. Coughlin was incredible on every level. He is a former prosecutor and knows the court system, judges, and prosecutors well. He was extremely responsive, direct, professional, supportive, strategic, and he genuinely cared. He took the time to explain everything to me in detail and kept me updated on everything as soon as he heard news. It really felt like I was his only client getting 100% of his attention. I knew that no matter what happened, I had the best person to help me at my side. Even so, he was always honest and we both knew walking into the courtroom there was no guarantee of a good outcome. And then he stood up to speak and was able to pull off a near-miracle in the courtroom that gave me a second chance at life. He was relentless, and well prepared, and he even got emotional in his defense of me. He was clearly equally invested in the outcome as I was, and he got a no conviction outcome that saved my freedom and future in the process.
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Posted by Michael | August 10, 2021
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Grateful
I heard about the Coughlin Law Group through a friend of mine who was going through legal trouble and needed a knowledgeable defense attorney about 5 years back. He was in a tough spot and Attorney Coughlin's law group/firm helped him through such a difficult and trying time. I was in a tough spot that I got myself into during the pandemic and I reached out to my friend for help. He strongly recommended the Coughlin Law Group and Attorney Christopher Coughlin reached out to me personally. As a former Prosecutor, Attorney Coughlin was able to guide my family and myself through all the possible scenarios of my situation and how to handle them if they were to happen. If you need knowledgeable defense attorney's who know what they are doing, reach out to the Coughlin Law Group/Firm. You won't regret it. I was fortunate and grateful enough to get help from Attorney Coughlin himself. Thanks Chris
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Posted by Sean | July 22, 2021
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Excellent attorney.
Attorney Chris Coughlin was great to work with. Not only did he get me the best possible outcome pertaining to my case but he was always available if I needed anything, his rates were very fair and affordable. He was very professional throughout the process and there is no other attorney I would recommend over attorney Coughlin to have as representation. He truly went above and beyond to help me with my case and I will be forever grateful for his help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2021
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Words fall short
I had two cases since 2018. I can attest that Coughlin Law Group is an incredible office to receive legal services from. After having searched and consulted with multiple law firms, I found that I was mostly treated one of two ways; a dollar symbol, or unimportantly. Others seemed to lack confidence undertaking my case to where I had one lawyer actually deny offering services. Upon speaking with Chris Coughlin I knew that I had gotten the best lawyer I could ask for. His attention to detail, his passion and compassion, as well as the understanding he showed me throughout my legal matters were unbelievable! I’m not an opulent man, however his prices were extremely fair. The attention and effort he put into me as a client go well beyond what I paid him for his services. From around December of 2018 to June of this year he helped me not only win my cases, but gave me a greater confidence in myself as well. This is not your run-of-the-mill lawyer, this is a man who will treat you with all the consideration you feel you might need. Seeing him at work in the courtroom is also an astonishing thing to witness as his presence is both strong, and stable while he delivered his arguments and reasoning regarding my case matters. You can tell he actually cares. As I told Chris, I’ll say on here, “Win or Lose, I elected the correct man for the matters at hand.” We won, and I’m glad for it, but had I lost, I still would have shook his hand, and walked away without my confidence having been shaken. If you want a Lawyer who will give you the representation you need, Chris Coughlin will not fail you. Out of the past 3 years, having him as a lawyer was among the best experiences I have had. I’ll be grateful for the rest of my days. Thanks, Attorney Coughlin. You’re what makes the difference in this world.
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Posted by TM617 | March 5, 2021
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Chris Coughlin knows the MA RMV
Chris Coughlin helped me manage an out-of-state driving infraction through the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles. His advice was thoughtful, practical, and reflected a deep understanding of the ‘technical’ and the ‘human factors’ aspects of dealing with the RMV as we got to a good outcome. I recommend and appreciate his services greatly.
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Posted by Wendy | February 10, 2021
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Highly Reccomend
Christopher and his team did all the legwork for me, since I was out of state, and helped me clear up all my cases quickly upon my arrival in MA. He even went the extra mile to help me clear something up that was unexpected, after my departure.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2020
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Accountant
Chris is an excellent Lawyer. He handled my case in all seriousness, he made me feel like I was his only client. When I had questions about the proceedings, he would keep me update on everything and answered all questions in a timely manner. I was able to get my case dismissed, keeping my record clean. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Erns cruz | January 22, 2020
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Oui
Christ, was my lawyer on my dui case and thru the whole process of my trial.He was there from day one giving me advice and guiding me thru the right direction. My case was very long and stressful for my self n my family but christ stood by my side the whole time,i’m extremely grapeful for the outcome of my trial and sucefuly i was found not guirty. He believe and me and My experience with christ was amazing not only he help me fight my case and help me win but also offering all his support n kind words for me and my family during the dificult time in my life. Im beyond happy with christ hard work n dedication and i hope he keep helping other people succeed and change their life like he did with me. #Thewolfduicases Ernis
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Posted by rob | August 17, 2019
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Great Person. Great Lawyer.
After talking to several lawyers, I hired Chris. I hired Chris not just because of excellent reviews but something he did. He asked how I was . I got the feeling after that he would fight for me the person and help explain the process to me as it happened in a manner I could grasp. He did all those things. I honestly felt when the process was done win or lose this guy did an amazing job and all he could and was worth every penny.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2019
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A true professional who helped me
I spoke to several attorneys before choosing Chris, because he was willing to meet with me in person to discuss my case, while the other attorneys told me that an in person meeting wouldn't be necessary. Chris listened to my situation and worked with me to prepare for my hearing. He took the time to meet with me twice, and answered my phone calls when I had questions. He was professional the entire time and the case was rightfully dropped, thanks to Chris. If I ever had a problem come up again, I would call him right away.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2018
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DUI case
When you need a defense attorney, it's never a good situation. Stressed and depressed about my legal issue, I went on a wild goose chase to find an attorney to represent me. Chris not only returned my phone call right away (when several other lawyers didn't), he met my husband and me on a rainy Sunday evening the very same day of my call. Immediately after meeting Chris, I felt at ease with him. He is caring, honest, direct and most importantly, gained my confidence with his successful track record with similar cases. His fee was very fair: one price for the duration of the case. In other words, he did not charge me for every paper filed, telephone call, etc. over the course of 18 months. Chris continually set clear and realistic expectations every step of the way. Thanks to Chris, the case was settled in my favor. I can't thank him enough. I hope I never have to hire Chris Coughlin again, but I would highly recommend him if you are in a difficult legal predicament.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2018
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GO PRO
RESULTS. PRO. RELENTLESS FIGHTER. Computer crimes are complicated. Chris never ever talked down to me, through everything. Cuffs on, my future was on the line--my ability to provide for my children, my freedom; I faced five (5) years of my life behind bars. Chris refused to take "no" for an answer, from anybody. On our third or fourth date, the courthouse had completley cleared out and I sat alone in an empty room. A freezing cold January in Massachusetts. Chris appeared w good news: "We live to fight another day." In the snow, he will fight for you when you are absolutely powerless. Chris' heart is GODSIZED. All charges dismissed. No arraignment. Atty Coughlin is in our nightly prayers. Case closed. Amen.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Coughlin Law Group, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Harvard Law School
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Milligan Coughlin LLC
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Saint Anselm College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. R.W.
  • Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. R.C.
  • Not Guilty after a Jury Trial
  • Commonwealth v. C.S.
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Suffolk Lawyers for Justice
  • Panel Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Barnstable County Bar Advocates
  • Panel Member
  • 2009 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Living off Campus: Knowing Your Rights
  • Criminal Defense & Civil Rights
  • 2013
  • Living off Campus: Knowing Your Rights
  • Criminal Defense & Civil Rights
  • 2012
  • Living off Campus: Knowing Your Rights
  • Criminal Defense & Civil Rights
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (14)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Coughlin is a first rate criminal defense attorney. He is tireless in defense of his clients. I endorse Attorney Coughlin for all criminal defense matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Christopher is a great DUI lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this attorney. He is an outspoken advocate and credit to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chris has a great instinct for picking out winning arguments, and he convincingly conveys these arguments to judge and jury. I have had the good fortune of working with Chris for the past several years, including second-seating him on trial. He has always impressed me with his preparation, and he expects excellence from himself and those around him. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Coughlin is a seasoned trial attorney with years more trial experience than many attorneys twice his senior."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Coughlin is an incredible lawyer with excellent criminal trial experience. I have seen him zealously advocate for his clients and his cross-examination skills are great. He gets results. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christopher B. Coughlin is an exceptional trial attorney who truly cares for each one of his clients. I endorse this lawyer, and the law firm of Milligan Coughlin, LLC."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is my law partner. I endorse him not only for that reason, but because I see on a daily basis how focused and persistent he is for his clients. He'll cross examine someone for days and its great to watch."
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