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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for New Hampshire on
Q: can a judge tell a married couple that they cannot be together. agaist there will, nothing to do with the case....

the only reason is because they are addicts. This cant be legal!

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jan 4, 2021

If you and your spouse are facing criminal charges, a condition of bail can be no contact. It could also be imposed on many assault type cases involving domestic violence. In short a judge can in fact prevent contact between spouses, children or anyone.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Can you be charged for belongings taken out of your sight before being searched?
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Dec 5, 2020

Yes, there may be an argument that the item was planted. It may be a defense but there is no requirement that you be present during a search and seizure of contraband.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for New Hampshire on
Q: If I say "I intend to publish this embarrassing info about you. Try to talk me out if it"?

In the state of NH, if I decide to publish embarrassing, but accurate, information about another person, does simply giving that person the opportunity to talk me out of publishing constitute blackmail, if talking itself is the one thing that other person doesn't want to do?

I got one... Read more »

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Nov 22, 2020

Like many things in life. The answer to this question depends what the information consists of. There are criminal charges for blackmail (extortion), revenge porn and others. It largely depends on the nature of the embarassing information and the intent you possess that may dissuade publication.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Once bookd at the pd for arrest if the cops let me read the miranda right aloud not them to me is that possible dismis

Was arrested for refusing breathalyzer, after passing field test. While being booked at the station, the officer started to read the miranda rights and I forget why I said, do u want me to read it? I think it's because he was flopping over words and with masks I cant hear him well anyways. He... Read more »

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Nov 22, 2020

This is a commonly asked question. I have answered it in a FAQ on the internet. http://nhcriminallaw.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Here is the law a about Miranda:

What if the police don’t read me my rights?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: What happens when you get charged with a misdemeanor ?

I was charged with facilitating an underage drinking party. I’m underage myself (19) to be exact. I’ve never been charged with anything not even a ticket. What should I expect ?

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Nov 9, 2020

You should call a defense attorney where the charge is pending. There are various options but they are almost all dependent on the location of the charges. There are a wide range of outcomes largely based on where you are located.

Most defense lawyers will consult with you for free and...
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Q: Unauthorized use of a vehicle...what class of misdemeanor is this?
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Oct 30, 2020

RSA 634:3 Unauthorized Use of Propelled vehicle is a misdemeanor by law. The charging department normally a prosecutor has discretion to charge it as an A or B misdemeanor. The decision is completely up to the executive branch entity be it an attorney or police department.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Can you have someone arrested for assaulting you if the police refuses to charge that person?

my son was assaulted and the police said that they will not arrest the person because he was defending his property. My son is intellectually disabled and he was choked, punched in the face and head. He had a black eye, bump on the back of his head, his neck hurt, a bruised shoulder and wasn't... Read more »

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Oct 21, 2020

The state brings criminal cases. A private person may not being a criminal case. Police and prosecutors have a lot of discretion in deciding whether to bring charges or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Can u be charged with reckless driving if a firefighter said u where but u where not pulled over
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Oct 21, 2020

Yes. If firefighter provided a statement and police got an arrest warrant. State would need to prove who driver of vehicle was. As always it is best to not answer any questions or provide any information. Contact a defense lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Can a NH town/city police officer run your plate and pull you over without a vehicle infraction on a state highway ?

When officer explained why he pulled us over , he said it was because the vehicle was registered to someone with a suspended license .

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Sep 20, 2020

Yes random plate checks are permitted In NH. If gender of driver matches police will have right to stop vehicle.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for New Hampshire on
Q: I was charged with D.U.I 265:A2 I am from Florida and have to come back for hiring on Nov 5, 2020 What happens next
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Sep 2, 2020

It sounds like this hearing would be an arraignment. You should contact a qualified lawyer that focuses on DWI defense near the location of the town that charged you. I would suggest that you look for a member of DUIDLA or NCDD.

I have attached link to FAQ about court on my website:...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for New Hampshire on
Q: My 17 yr old got a dui in May 20. He did not take test. And had his license taken. His court date in June was canceled

with no future date. Can he get his licence back until he is proven guilty in court. New hampshire

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Aug 7, 2020

There are lots of variables. If the loss of license was from the DMV for a refusal he can pay a reinstatement fee after 6 months. I would encourage contacting a qualified DWI attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for New Hampshire on
Q: I got a class b dwi and class a agravated dwi. What does that mean?
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jul 29, 2020

You have been charged in the alternative. You can only be sentenced on one offense. It is common for the state to charge both an aggravated and a DWI 1st in many scenarios: a test over .16, eluding police, high speed etc. If state fails to prove the aggravating circumstance then court can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for New Hampshire on
Q: On June 22 my nephew came into my home, I asked if he was armed. He refused to answer. He did say I should be afraid of

My nephew and his wife were going to lease my house but because of a disagreement with the pet section of the lease, he, his wife and his father came to my house on June 22. When I told them that the pet section was clearly written, they began to swear and yell at me. As this melee escalated, I... Read more »

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jun 24, 2020

I am not sure I heard a question. It seems more like a statement. It also appears as though you are concerned about your safety and if you think a crime has occurred you may want to report it to the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for New Hampshire on
Q: I owed restitution from when i was 15 can they transffer it 2 adult court and put a bench warrent if i was off probate

When I was 15 i vandalized someones car.i was supposed to pay off 1400$ and do prohibition. I finished my probation successfully and moved to virginia when i turned 18 i owe 285$ left on my probation can they transfer it to adult court because they are telling me i have a bench warrent now.

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jun 12, 2020

It depends. If you finished probation successfully and the case was closed it doesn't seem like there is anything that can be done. If it was left as a collections case only, they may be able to issue a warrant. I would suggest contacting the court and find out if there is a warrant and if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: can the DEA send and wired informant to my private property to audio an video me with out me being aware

i live in new hampshire, and i own my property, i think the DEA illegal obtain a search warrant, based on video and audio from an informant that was illegal obtain,

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jun 3, 2020

NH law has a wiretapping statute that requires consent to record. There are exceptions including one party intercept permission to law enforcement granted by the AG office.

You should contact a lawyer to discuss the particulars of your case. Search and seizure law is constantly evolving...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Have you ever experienced a case where the defendant was pulled over in a vehicle registered to them, sr-22 insurance

and an interlock device all in their name but had not yet been to the dmv to take his license test/ get his license back?

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on May 15, 2020

I have represented people charged with violation of the IID law, operating without a license and after suspension. The facts of each case are unique, but it is better to speak with a person than to try to give advise generically. My office number is 603-788-2080. I handle cases in Northern NH.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for New Hampshire on
Q: What exactly is this charge? : Controlled drug act My friend got charged with this while being incarcerated

Controlled drug act.

My friend got charged with this while incarcerated, I'm not exactly sure what this means, if he was in possession of drugs, or if someone gave him drugs or what exactly happened & I can not ask him because he is in the hole. Thank you for any help!

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Mar 16, 2020

The Controlled Drug Act is where you will find all drug offenses in the NH criminal code RSA 318-B: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XXX-318-B.htm

If your friend was in custody then it seems likely that he was found in possession or trying to get a controlled substance...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for New Hampshire on
Q: Can you register a new car and drive it if you have an intoxilock in another vehicle?

Because my friend bought a new car and he has an intoxilock in his other vehicle

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Mar 16, 2020

It is a crime to operative any vehicle not equipped with the IID if so ordered.

265-A:37 Alcohol Ignition Interlock Circumvention. –

I. Any person required by the court or by the commissioner of safety after a hearing pursuant to RSA 265-A:36-a to install an ignition interlock...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: My husband was arrested for a Misdemeanor B theft that happened 2 years ago. We are in NH. Statue of Limitations?

they have video of the theft

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Feb 14, 2020

Class B misdemeanor SOL is 1 year, there are some exceptions see RSA 625:8 below:

625:8 Limitations. –

I. Except as otherwise provided in this section, prosecutions are subject to the following periods of limitations:

(a) For a class A felony, 6 years;

(b) For a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: If I go to jail for not paying restitution how much do I get charged a day until it's paid off in nh
Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden answered on Jan 27, 2020

A person who is serving time for not paying restitution will get no credit toward the amount owed. The only credit that would be provided is for a fine or penalty assessment owed to the state. Restitution is provided directly to a victim of a crime. Restitution is provided by RSA 651:63.... Read more »

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