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Woman accuses man of drunk driving and assault in 911 call

New Hampshire police often receive 911 calls regarding erratic drivers who might be impaired. An officer might be dispatched in an attempt to intercept the driver before anyone gets hurt. If a traffic stop is initiated or an accident occurs, the officer might suspect the individual behind the wheel of drunk driving.

This is what happened to a 28-year-old man from a neighboring state. A woman claiming to be in the vehicle with him called 911, alleging that he was assaulting her while he was driving and would not let her get out of the vehicle. She further alleged that he was drunk as he drove from one New Hampshire town into another.

Corrections officer faces drug felonies

When drug crimes take place within a New Hampshire correctional facility, those under suspicion may be subject to intense scrutiny. Because law enforcement agents are held to higher standards of behavior, they may face harsher penalties if convicted of felonies within a detention center or prison. After being arrested for drug crimes within the facility, one man is now in custody at the same jail where he worked.

The 25-year-old had worked at the detention facility as a certified correctional officer since May 2015. According to investigative reports, the officer allegedly brought heroin into the correctional house. It is unclear whether the drugs were distributed to inmates or if the man is suspected of intending to distribute the drugs. However, police arrested the man at the correctional facility and charged him with a felony count of prohibitive delivery of articles.

Do car accidents cause traumatic brain injury?

Car crashes can lead to several types of injuries and health problems, some more serious than others. Car accidents number among the top three causes of traumatic brain injury. During a collision, TBI typically occurs due to impact or to deceleration, which happens as the skull comes to an abrupt stop while the brain inside has not yet slowed down.

If you think that TBI sounds serious, you are not wrong. The effects of this injury can affect all aspects of your life, including your very personality. At the same time, first responders who arrive at the scene of a crash may not always identify TBI, as many symptoms manifest later. For this reason, it is important for accident victims to see a physician for a comprehensive exam as soon as possible after the collision. Keep in mind that TBI is possible even if you did not hit your head, as the abrupt stop could cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull.

Drug charges may be justified by legal search of woman's purse

If the police in New Hampshire have probable cause to stop and search someone for shoplifting, it is generally the case that anything found in searching the person may be admissible to support an arrest and prosecution on any other crime indicated by the contraband. This comes into play in the case of a 23-year-old woman who was arrested in Walmart recently for shoplifting. When searching her, police allegedly found a needle with heroin and some crack cocaine, resulting in drug charges filed against her.

Authorities charged her with theft by unlawful taking, falsifying physical evidence and the drug possession charges. The first thing that defense counsel will check is the progression of events leading up to the woman's apprehension in the Walmart store. A security officer reported seeing her handling and hiding multiple items before leaving the store.

Burglary, robbery or theft? Different crimes involving stealing

In everyday conversation, people tend to use the words burglary, robbery and theft interchangeably. However, although all are crimes against property that is not yours, they are not the same. Neither are they the only classifications for stealing. Knowing the differences between these crimes according to New Hampshire law can help you understand and fight the charges you face.

Thefts over $1,000 are class A felonies in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire theft is a serious crime. If the amount taken is over $1,000, the offense is charged as felony theft. It is a Class A felony, which can carry a sentence of imprisonment up to 15 years. Where the amount is over $1,000 but not substantially more than that amount, it may appear harsh to classify such a crime with far more serious felonies.

Nonetheless, a defendant charged with stealing $3,000 is facing a felony charge that must be treated very seriously. In that situation, the accused will above all want to retain a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. These issues are pertinent in the recent arrest of Nashua's recreation program manager for felony theft.

Shoe department drug sale alleged as a basis for drug charges

A detective who may have been shopping for shoes in a New Hampshire department store allegedly observed a drug transaction between two men. He reports seeing two men exchange cash and drugs inside the store. After the transaction, police reportedly followed and arrested the seller on drug charges after stopping him in his vehicle.

The unlikely scenario resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old man, identified as the seller, who was charged only with several counts of possession of a controlled drug. Considering police reports stating that the man was found with 75 bags of heroin and 23 bags of cocaine, it is possible that the charges will be enhanced later. A captain with the Salem Police declined any knowledge of why the detective was in the department store shoe department at that time.

Man is arrested for drunk driving after failing to stop

Each state has its own driving under the influence statute that sets the offenses and prescribes the punishment for violations within the state. New Hampshire, like other states, provides penalties for drunk driving that are progressively increased with the severity of the circumstances. A defense attorney who specializes in DUI defense matters will be familiar with the gradation of offenses and the punishment for each that is set forth in the state's statute.

A 30-year-old Manchester man will need to consult with a good drunk driving defense attorney after being arrested recently when he nearly hit a police cruiser, and then didn't stop when commanded to by the officer.  Police say that the accused had been operating his vehicle in an easterly direction on Manchester Street when the officer observed him come to a screeching stop at the stop sign at Pine Street, nearly going through it. It was at that point that the operator allegedly almost hit the officer's cruiser.

Drug charges filed after SWAT team raids residence

Drug raids in New Hampshire and elsewhere do not always produce the results that the police may have anticipated. In Manchester, for example, a recent arrest in which the SWAT team participated netted no more than one-half of one gram of cocaine. The police filed drug charges against the 24-year-old male resident and took a 45-year-old female resident into custody on a bench warrant involving an alleged motor vehicle violation.

The drug charges included one charge for possession of a controlled substance, presumably for the half-gram of cocaine. Authorities also charged the man with two counts of sale of a controlled drug. The details of the latter charges are unknown, but it indicates an alleged possible prior purchase or more made by an undercover agent. Obtained also in the raid was $700 and a shotgun.

Victims of car accidents may be unaware of serious injury

In New Hampshire and elsewhere, when a driver is stopped at a traffic signal and hit from the rear by a vehicle whose driver was unable to stop in time, the operator of the stationary vehicle is not negligent and not liable for injuries arising from the accident. The vehicle that approaches a stopped vehicle or a line of stopped traffic must have sufficient control of his or her car to stop in time to avoid a collision. Regarding rear-end collision car accidents, it is usually relatively easy to determine which operator is at fault.

With respect to passengers in any stationary vehicles hit from the rear, they are entitled to recover from the offending operator for their injuries. It may surprise some persons to know that even the passengers in the wrongly operated vehicle are innocent victims and are entitled to collect damages from their driver. These principles of negligence law may come into play in a recent accident in Pelham.

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