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what is a no contact order?

What is a no-contact order?

November 1, 2021 by Leave your thoughts

Judges usually issue a no-contact order in New Hampshire after a criminal arrest or conviction on domestic abuse charges. If the defendant tries to contact the attack victim, the order imposes harsh penalties, including jail time. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NO-CONTACT ORDER  The legislation compels the court to consider whether to issue a court order prohibiting the defendant from having contact with...

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what are discovery materials

What are discovery materials?

September 30, 2021 by 1 Comment

Discovery & Discovery Materials Discovery is a phase of litigation that occurs before trial. Although discovery can happen in criminal and civil cases, electronic discovery issues most often arise in civil cases. The goal of discovery (whether done electronically or on paper) is to uncover facts. These facts form the basis for creating a trial strategy (or perhaps a motion...

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criminal record laws in New Hampshire

Can my previous record be used against me at trial in New Hampshire?

June 23, 2021 by Leave your thoughts

Prior convictions cannot usually be used to prove a defendant’s guilt or proclivity to conduct crimes. Still, they can sometimes be used to call into question the veracity or reliability of the defendant’s testimony. The credibility of any witness, including a defendant, is called into question when he or she testifies in a New Hampshire court. The fact-finder (whether a...

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drop charges

What if the victim wants to drop the charges, but the prosecutor won’t do it?

May 18, 2021 by 2 Comments

What if the victim wants to drop the charges, but the prosecutor won’t do it? Consider the following scenario: the defendant seriously injured his spouse by punching, kicking, or choking her. The spouse or someone she knows (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) has reported the incident to the police. The cops show up and begin gathering evidence in preparation for a...

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what is a presentence report

What is a presentence report?

March 18, 2021 by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve found yourself in the middle of a criminal case and have been struggling to understand some of the terms used throughout the process, don’t feel alone. Times like these can be confusing, frustrating, and down right scary. If you’re facing jail time the fear you’re feeling can be overwhelming. Part of the sentencing process for criminal cases can...

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is the public defender on my side

Is the public defender on my side?

February 23, 2021 by Leave your thoughts

Whenever a person finds themself in need of an attorney things can feel scary. You don’t know what to expect. For many of our clients in criminal cases there’s a fear of jail time and the stigma of having a criminal case on their record. There’s also the fear of whether a public defender will meet your needs. The truth...

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how should I dress for court

How should I dress for court?

February 16, 2021 by Leave your thoughts

One of the most common questions clients ask us is how they should dress for court. First and foremost, how you dress is important. When you enter the court room your appearance should be as clean and put together as possible so you give the best first impression. This isn’t about you being comfortable (sorry!), it’s about you giving the...

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