Drug Defense

Concord Drug Crimes Attorneys

Drug-related convictions often carry significant criminal penalties and other consequences, such as a loss of driver’s license, loss of eligibility for student loans and in certain circumstances, the State’s ability to seize the defendant’s money, vehicles or even their home.

Accusations of drug-related crimes must be taken seriously.

Jonathan Cohen and Andrew Winters often represent individuals and businesses charged with drug-related offenses, including possession, sale and manufacturing of drugs. Cohen and Winters are ready to aggressively defend anyone accused of any drug-related offense in any court in New Hampshire. Their trial experience with clients facing drug charges include:

  • Providing legal counsel to businesses that sell pipes, hookahs and other similar objects to help business operators understand and comply with New Hampshire laws.
  • Advising employers and employees in drug-related employment matters.
  • Helping students and people under the age of 21 understand, deal with, and prevent the consequences that drug or alcohol convictions will have on their lives.

Case results

  • Charges Dismissed & Property Returned: Jonathan Cohen successfully defended a pipe and tobacco shop both at trial and before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Police raided the shop and seized hundreds of smoking devices that the shop offered for sale, including glass pipes, bubblers and hookahs. The shop and its owner were charged with selling drug paraphernalia; Cohen took the case to trial and won. Cohen then asked the court to order the police to return the seized items, but the court refused. Cohen appealed the court’s decision to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and got the lower court’s decision reversed. The decision effectively protects the rights of similar shops to operate in the State of New Hampshire. This case was covered by High Times, Foster’s Daily Democrat, and Reason Magazine.
  • Conviction Reversed on Appeal: Andrew Winters and another lawyer represented a man on appeal who had been convicted of possession of cocaine and marijuana after being stopped and searched by a police officer on the street. Winters did not represent the man at trial but argued his case on appeal to The New Hampshire Supreme Court. Winters won a reversal of the man’s conviction by arguing that the police officer had no reason to search the man. This was a legally influential decision in New Hampshire because it established greater protection for privacy rights. State v. Beauchesne.
  • Not Guilty: Jonathan Cohen represented a college student who was accused of possessing marijuana. The arrest happened while the student was a passenger in a car with three other students. The police stopped the car and found a backpack containing a large quantity of marijuana. Two of the other students in the car claimed Cohen’s client owned the backpack and the marijuana. After cross-examining the witnesses, Cohen was able to call the ownership of the bag into question, and also drew out inconsistencies in the witnesses’ testimony. Cohen’s work resulted in the judge reaching a not guilty verdict at the end of the trial. This was a great result for Cohen’s client, as a conviction could have jeopardized his ability to attend college and his eligibility to receive federal financial aid.
  • Not Guilty: Andrew Winters represented a man who was living with a friend when the man’s parole officer came by for a random check. The officer saw marijuana in the area, but it was not directly next to either man. The judge agreed with Winters that it was not clear who the marijuana belonged to, and found the man not guilty.
  • Search Declared Illegal and Charges Dismissed: Jonathan Cohen represented a man charged with distribution of marijuana as well as felon in possession of a deadly weapon. The man, a convicted felon, had his house searched because he allowed his adult son to live in the basement apartment of his home, and the police got a warrant to search the son’s residence. While executing the warrant the police also decided to search the man’s house and found a shotgun and a large quantity of marijuana. Cohen filed a motion to suppress the search arguing that the police exceeded the scope of their search warrant. The Superior Court Judge agreed and suppressed the evidence, resulting in the charges being dropped.

The criminal defense lawyers of Cohen & Winters defend clients in drug-related offenses, including possession, sale and manufacturing of drugs. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.