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"Felonies First" Comes to Rockingham County

October 8, 2017
Effective October 1, 2017, Rockingham County will start using the new "Felonies First" rules.  Rockingham is the last of New Hampshire's 10 counties to implement the new felony case procedures.  Felonies Frist began in January, 2016 in Cheshire and Strafford counties, and has...

NH Decriminalizes Some Marijuana Possession - 3 Important Things to Know

September 16, 2017
Effective September 16, 2017, possession of 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana or less will no longer be a crime in New Hampshire.  The new law, which decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana, merely lessens the penalties for possession - it does not make marijuana possession legal. Here are...

What is the penalty if I am convicted of a DWI in New Hampshire?

May 29, 2016
We understand that drunk driving cases can be confusing - the field tests, the alcohol testing machines, the whole process. One of the most important things to know is how a conviction for a DWI offense might affect you. For that reason, we have put together a reference guide that summarizes the...

NH Courts Begin Rolling Out "Felonies First"

January 14, 2016
Under the so-called "Felonies First" law, which became law in July of 2015, felony cases will be brought directly in the superior court, as opposed to the local circuit court where these charges were traditionally filed. This change eliminates preliminary "probable cause" hearings...

"Should I Blow?"

October 10, 2015
Here's a question we hear a lot: "Should I blow?" What You Need to Know about DWI Breath Tests in NH If you are arrested for DWI in NH, here is what you need to know: If you submit to a breath or blood tests, the result may be used against you at a DWI trial. If you submit and your alcohol...

New Hampshire raises the adult prosecution age to 18 for most offenses

September 9, 2015
Prior to July of 2015, 17 year-olds charged with a crime were prosecuted as an adult and could face the same jail and prison terms as other adults. However, a 2015 change in the law, increased the age for adult prosecution from 17 to 18. Persons under the age of 18 are generally charged as...

NH DWI Roadblocks (Sobriety Checkpoints)

May 28, 2015
In 1997, the New Hampshire Legislature enacted RSA 265:1-a, which authorized state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct sobriety checkpoints. Also known as DWI roadblocks, these checkpoints are valid only if police petition for court approval in advance, and the court determines that "the...

Jury Nullification

March 21, 2014
NH Magazine's recent article on New Hampshire's jury nullification law raised some important questions: Is jury nullification affecting prosecutors' charging decisions? Are juries now more willing to reject conviction in cases where the law is perceived to be unpopular, such as with marijuana...

New Uses for DNA in Sexual Assault Cases

January 2, 2014
Prosecutors have begun indicting unknown suspects in rape and sexual assault cases based upon their DNA profiles.  The defendants are indicted as John Doe's so that they cannot later claim that the statute of limitation on prosecution has run.  Ohio prosecutors have now begun indicting unknown...

Will .05 be the new .08?

January 1, 2014
On May 14, 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the states reduce the allowable blood-alcohol concentration in DUI cases by more than a third, to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent.  The NTSB also made other recommendations, such as increased use of ignition interlock devices...

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