Sometimes when an individual is charged with a crime, it's in his or her best interest to plead guilty, as this kind of legal cooperation can mean avoiding lengthy prison sentences. In order to be sure that this is the best course of action for you, though, it's essential to enlist the services of a New Hampshire lawyer who has experience with cases similar to yours.
Recently, reports the Union Leader, 31-year-old John Sheehan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vehicular assault charge. Sheehan "was sentenced to a year in jail with half of that time suspended so long as he remains on good behavior for five years," states the source. If he hadn't entered the plea agreement with prosecutors, the defendant would have faced a felony offense and a much harsher sentence.
On May 20, 2012, Sheehan struck Jonathan Stearns with his vehicle while distracted by his cell phone. He continued driving and later told police that he was unaware that he had hit a person.
"I had been looking at my phone when I struck something. I looked first to see what it was but didn't see anything so I drove home. I thought I just cliped [sic] a tree," Sheehan wrote in a statement to law enforcement officials, according to the source.
If you've been accused of vehicular assault in the Granite State, you may feel like the whole justice system is against you. With this in mind, you owe it to yourself to consult with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in a court of law.