201704.14
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An update on proposed marijuana laws in the NH Senate

Here is a quick update on marijuana legislation in New Hampshire. Tuesday there were a number of hearings in the Senate concerning proposed marijuana laws. The two most positive concern House Bills (HB) 157 and 160. HB 157 allows patients who suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain to qualify for a prescription for medical…

201701.13
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When You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court opinion is applicable to criminal, juvenile and family law. In the case of In RE N.K., a sixteen year old juvenile, N.K., was found delinquent for endangering the welfare of his four year old brother. Under New Hampshire law endangering the welfare of a minor is a crime. RSA…

201610.28
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Who Gets What? An Overview Of Marital Property In NH

One of the most contested issues in any divorce aside from issues related to minor children is the division of marital property. In New Hampshire the Court has broad discretion to determine property distribution. Generally speaking it is an uphill battle to attempt to challenge the Court’s decision on appeal and requires a showing that…

201610.14
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What Happens If I Refuse To Blow, Or If I Blow Over?

One of the most common questions people ask us is, “what happens if I refuse to blow when a police officer who is investigating a possible DWI asks me?” The short answer is, you will likely lose your privilege to drive regardless of the outcome of the DWI charge in Court. Every State has some…

201609.02
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Two Wrongs Sometimes Makes a Right

Under NH law an innocent party may request a divorce decree based on the fault of another party for certain enumerated causes. If a fault based divorce is granted it can result in a distribution of assets that favors the innocent spouse. The most common cause of a fault divorce is adultery that is defined…

201608.02
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They Didn’t Read Me My Rights!

One of the complaints we hear most frequently from criminal clients is that the arresting officer didn’t read the client his rights. What does this mean and why does it matter? Generally speaking a citizen has a right against self-incrimination. This is protected by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Part I,…

201606.30
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When can you petition to annul a conviction in NH?

RSA 651:5 sets forth the requirements for a petition to annul a prior conviction. Generally speaking one can petition for annulment of a class A felony 10 years after the end of their sentence, for a class B felony the waiting period is 5 years and for a class A, or B misdemeanor it is…

201606.03
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Protection for Out of State Medical Marijuana Patients

As of September of 2015 NH law provides limited protection for medical marijuana patients who are not NH residents, but travel through, or to New Hampshire. RSA 126-X:2 prohibits the arrest and prosecution of “qualifying patients” who possess two ounces or less of useable cannabis. To be a “qualifying patient” a person must either be…

201605.09
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Incarceration is Not Voluntary Underemployment

Under NH Law a child support order can be modified when a petition is filed three (3) years or more after the issuance of the order, or if there is a substantial change in circumstances that warrants modification of the order. In the latter circumstance a party can file anytime after the change of circumstance…