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March 2013 Archives

Criminal records: Understanding how they affect juveniles and adults

If you've had a run-in with the legal system, information about your past offenses will be included in your criminal record. In some cases, only the crimes you've been convicted of will be listed, while in others, it may feature all arrests. This document serves a variety of purposes. It will likely be examined when you apply for a job and other situations in which a background check is necessary, such as adoption and security clearance. Although these records are public, it's difficult for people to access and review them, so it's not necessary to worry too much about just anyone getting a hold of them.

Teenagers arrested at Exeter High School dance for drinking and potential drug use

Principal Sean Kiley of Exeter High School was forced to shut down a "March Madness" dance taking place on the evening of March 22 after discovering that at least two teenagers in attendance were drinking alcohol and possibly using drugs.

NH House votes overwhelmingly in favor of medical marijuana bill

There have been a number of discussions in New Hampshire over the past several months regarding the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. On March 20, the Granite State took a huge step toward making this a reality when the House voted 286-64 in support of establishing a medical marijuana program.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in NH?

Crimes are divided into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. In many cases, this distinction will differ from one state to the next depending on the severity of the crime. Generally speaking, a felony is a more serious offense, and usually involves a prison sentence of at least one year, a fine or possibly a combination of both. Though misdemeanors can also lead to time behind bars, judges will sometimes give out alternative sentences such as community service or rehabilitation programs.

Derry man faces two to five years in state prison for assaulting his girlfriend

A 24-year-old man from Derry, New Hampshire, plans to plead guilty to second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon at his plea-and-sentencing in Rockingham County Superior Court on June 11, according to regional news outlet The Union Leader. This is part of a deal that would put Joseph Greenquist in state prison for two to five years following his July 29, 2012 arrest.

Understanding the ins and outs of premises liability

If you endure an accident or an injury, you may be able to hold the owners and occupiers of the property where the incident happened accountable in court. The reasoning behind this is that the individual to whom a house or a business belongs is responsible for ensuring that it is safe for people who come in contact with it. Premises liability is common at locations like amusement parks, grocery stores, parking lots, playgrounds and hotels. It includes injuries ranging from slipping and falling on a sidewalk to getting hurt while riding a rollercoaster.

What Is An Arraignment?

If you have been accused of a crime, it's essential to understand every step of the legal process so that you can be as mentally prepared as possible to adequately deal with the situation at hand. For first offenders, especially, it can be confusing to keep track of what comes next and how to best approach it. With this in mind, today we're going to take a look at arraignments and break down exactly what they are and how you should get yourself ready for one.

Manchester teacher faces charges for allowing roommate to sell heroin from her apartment

A teacher from Manchester High School faces a felony charge of criminal liability for the sale of a narcotic as well as a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division.

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