Author Archives for Andrew Winters

When Plea Bargaining Goes Wrong

When plea bargaining goes wrong.

May 6, 2013 5:50 pm Published by - 6 Comments

Most everyone knows that plea bargaining is a regular part of our criminal justice system.  It’s been estimated that about 95% of all felony conviction nationwide come by plea bargain rather than a jury trial.   In fact, without plea bargaining the court dockets would be overwhelmed and the system would get bogged down. While on many occasions plea bargaining...

Improper cross-examination technique persists

April 2, 2013 11:09 am Published by - 1 Comment

One of the toughest decisions a defendant has to make is whether or not to testify.  Usually the first question a defendant will ask is — what is the prosecutor going to ask me about if I go on the stand? Over the past several years, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has been clear about what the prosecutor can’t ask...