New Hampshire Misdemeanor Attorney
Although less serious than a felony, misdemeanor crimes still carry substantial penalties and the potential for serious consequences, including possible difficulties in getting a job, renting an apartment, being accepted to various schools, and so forth. Additionally, depending on the seriousness of the crime, those found guilty of a misdemeanor could face a maximum of one year in jail as well as well as fines, community service, and other potential penalties.
To make your voice heard in courts and to present a strong criminal defense, it is essential to acquire the legal services of an experienced New Hampshire misdemeanor attorney. Not only will we conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your arrest, but we’ll do everything under New Hampshire and federal laws to acquire a not guilty conviction, dropped charges, or, if the evidence is stacked against, a reduced or alternative sentencing.
Court Process For a Misdemeanor Crime
Being arrested for a misdemeanor can be a confusing, frightening occurrence. As such, it can help to understand the court processes of a misdemeanor case. In most cases, the criminal justice process begins following an arrest from a law enforcement officer. According to New Hampshire law, a local District Court must go through an arraignment within 24 hours of the arrest. At the arraignment hearing, the charges are formally presented to you and you have the option of entering a non-guilty, guilty, or no-contest plea. Furthermore, soon after the arraignment, there may be a probable cause hearing, whereas the prosecution must prove that a crime has been committed and that the defendant committed that crime.
In many cases, the defendant enters into a plea negotiation and pleads guilty to a charge in return for a more lenient sentence, subject to court approval. For many non-guilty or no contest pleas, on the other hand, the case moves to trial before a judge. The prosecution presents evidence to the judge in an attempt to prove guilty, while the defense attorney negates the narrative and shows evidence in an attempt to prove the innocence of the defendant. If the defendant is found guilty, or if he/she pleads guilty, the case moves to sentencing which could result in fines, probation, or jail.
Contact the Leading Misdemeanor Attorney in New Hampshire
If you’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor in New Hampshire, your best chance for a reduced sentence, a not-guilty conviction, or a dropped case is through an experienced misdemeanor attorney. New Hampshire criminal attorney Robert H. Prince boasts decades of experience defending thousands of individuals charged with a myriad of misdemeanor crimes. As such, attorney Prince has developed specific strategies designed to expose flaws in the prosecution’s narrative of the supposed crime. Moreover, Prince will work closely with you, one-on-one, and place your interests at the forefront of his defense strategies.
Call Criminal Defense Attorney Robert E. Prince Today at (617) 721-9141 or (603) 401-0409 or visit our law office in Salem.