Alimony is Unpredictable

August 16, 2017 by Leave your thoughts

“Got those alimony blues And I sure got to pay some dues” -T. Bone Walker, 1975 Long-Term Marriage In 2014, after over thirty years of marriage, Leslie and Harry Dow divorced. For most of the marriage Leslie worked at a preschool earning up to $21 per hour.  In 2010, however, she and her husband agreed she would quit her job...

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How many DWI/DUIs do you see?

August 2, 2017 by Leave your thoughts

On August 1st, 2017 the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an opinion reversing and vacating, in part, two convictions for aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI) for James Fogg. Mr. Fogg was operating his vehicle in Concord while under the influence of drugs. He crashed into another vehicle causing serious bodily injury to both occupants. The State elected to charge him...

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Lessons on Child Support

July 14, 2017 by Leave your thoughts

Child Support Decision A recent court decision sheds a little light on some complications that can arise in child support cases. The parents divorced in 2009. At the time of divorce the judge ordered the father to pay $3,200 a month for three children. He paid the support through the 2015 when the mother filed a motion to raise it. Can...

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Lawyer Incorrectly Told Client He Would Escape Deportation

June 15, 2017 by

Immigrant Accused of Selling Counterfeit Handbags Philip Swaby is a Jamaican citizen but has been living in the United States since 2001. His wife is also a U.S. resident and his two children are U.S. citizens.  He held a green card and intended to apply for citizenship. Unfortunately, in 2011 the federal government charged him with selling counterfeit purses, handbags, and other merchandise....

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Was an Early Morning Manchester Shooting Self-Defense?

June 5, 2017 by

Attempted Murder Conviction Reversed In 2015 Kyree Rice was in the middle of an early morning hours wild melee at the USA Biscuit and Chicken restaurant in Manchester. He ended up shooting a man named Curtis Clay. The State charged him with attempted murder. A jury convicted him.  In May of this year, however, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reversed the...

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Supreme Court Orders Restitution and Fees Must be Returned

May 7, 2017 by

Serious Crimes and Serious Sentences In two separate cases Colorado juries convicted Shannon Nelson and Louis Madden of serious crimes.  For Shannon it was sexual abuse of her four children. The judge sentenced her to twenty years to life. He also ordered her to pay over $8,000 in restitution and court fees. In the case of Madden the charges were sexual...

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An update on proposed marijuana laws in the NH Senate

April 14, 2017 by

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 marijuana. This Bill passed 4-1...

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U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Over Wrongful Arrest

March 30, 2017 by

Wrongful Arrest According to a lawsuit field by Elijah Manuel, police officers in Joliet, Illinois arrested him for no valid reason. Mr. Manuel claims that the police searched him and found a bottle of vitamins. The police performed a preliminary field test indicating that the pills were not illegal drugs. Nevertheless, they believed the pills contained ecstasy and arrested Mr. Manuel.  At...

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