Bluetooth only cell phone use in NH as of July 1!

June 26, 2015 by

As of July 1, 2015 it shall be a violation to use a cell phone while driving unless it is Bluetooth enabled, or a hands-free device that is integrated into the vehicle. RSA 265:79-c provides very few exceptions to this prohibition: (1) if the person is behind the wheel and the vehicle is pulled to the side of, or off...

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Police dog sniff of car ruled illegal

April 24, 2015 by

The United States Supreme Court recently curtailed a police officer’s right to extend a routine traffic stop for a K-9 sniff for drugs in Rodriguez v United States. Mr. Rodriguez and his passenger were stopped by a Nebraska police officer at around midnight for briefly traveling in the breakdown lane. The officer stopped the vehicle and took Rodriguez’s license and...

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What happens when you get hurt at work?

March 27, 2015 by

Workplace injuries are given unique treatment under the law. If a person is injured while not at work, and someone else is responsible, the victim can sue the at-fault party. One of the most common examples is in the case of a car accident that is caused by the negligence of another driver. The injured driver can recover compensation for...

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Facebook Post can Land You in Jail

A Facebook post can land you in jail!

February 27, 2015 by Leave your thoughts

State v Craig is an interesting case that gives some insight into how New Hampshire courts will view posts on social media, such as Facebook, that are directed to someone who has a restraining order against the person making the post. The case centers around a waitress who got a restraining order against Craig, a man who started coming into...

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Illegal search of a pill bottle

January 30, 2015 by Leave your thoughts

In State v. Broadus, the NH Supreme Court reversed and remanded two felony-level possession of drug convictions because the search was illegal. Ms. Broadus was the passenger in a car that was stopped by a state trooper on Route 101 because he saw the driver throw a lit cigarette out the window. Once the car was stopped the trooper had...

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Which household members are covered by your homeowner’s insurance?

December 22, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

In the case of Susan R. White v Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, the NH Supreme Court had occasion to comment on when an adult child could be considered a household resident entitling coverage under the parent’s insurance policy. Susan White held a homeowner’s insurance policy from Vermont Mutual. Ms. White owned a home in Moultonborough and a home in Florida....

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New Hampshire Supreme Court enforces Turkish custody order and requires American mother to return daughters to Turkish father

November 7, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

Linda Yaman, a U.S. Citizen,  met her Turkish husband, Ismail Yaman, in the United States and they had one daughter in this country before moving to Turkey and having a second daughter.  Linda became suspicious that Ismail was sexually abusing the girls and filed for divorce in Turkey.  After conducting a review, the Turkish courts rejected the abuse claims and...

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Hiring your own lawyer does not prevent you from getting Court funds for your defense

July 25, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

In the case of State v Brouillette the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that hiring a lawyer does not prevent an indigent defendant from obtaining State funds that are necessary to prepare her defense. Heidi Brouillette was charged with burglary, second degree assault and criminal mischief. She was indigent and initially requested court appointed counsel so a public defender was...

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