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What is New Hampshire Drug Court?

You have probably heard the stats on the high number of offenders who are behind bars due to drug-related crimes. However, did you know that there is an alternative that is sometimes used in New Hampshire, known as the New Hampshire Drug Court? These courts are at least partially funded by grants, so opening more of them often depends on what funding can be found, but they offer an alternative to offenders.

What are the federal drug classifications?

Federal drug classifications often differ from state drug laws; therefore, it is important for New Hampshire residents to be aware of how drugs are classified under the federal system. Indeed, if an individual is arrested for a drug crime that involves the postal system, multiple states or if they are arrested on federal property -- like a national park -- then they could be tried in federal court where these classifications apply.

How can seat belts help prevent serious injury in accidents?

Probably no driver in the state of New Hampshire is unaware that seat belts save lives. While there's a legal push to keep drivers and passengers safely within belts when vehicles are on the move, some people may not realize all the ways seat belts can protect you in an accident or other situation. According to the Highway Safety Research Center at one U.S. college, seat belts offer protection in six ways.

Workers' compensation claims come with expiration dates

Employees who are injured on the job have rights, including seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and other damages under applicable workers' compensation policies. What many New Hampshire workers may not realize is that filing a claim under such policies comes with a time limit.

Am I responsible in New Hampshire if a trespasser is injured?

You may know that you are responsible for creating a safe environment for people who come to your home or business in New Hampshire. For example, if someone stops by to deliver a package and is injured because you have made no effort to clear away snow and ice, you could be liable. However, does this still apply if the person is trespassing and you did not want him or her to be on the property in the first place?

Get the legal help needed to defend against your DUI charges

New Hampshire residents who are arrested and accused of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, will face many legal hurdles -- even if they are completely innocent of the alleged crime. However, just because a driver is innocent does not necessarily mean that the driver can achieve a verdict of not guilty in court without the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Man arrested for felony assault but claims innocence

A man from Nashua has been arrested following an altercation with a second man that caused a serious injury. The reports are saying that the problem began when the first man was trying to leave the building where he lived, and the second man was in his way. Apparently, that second man was intoxicated. The two had never met before.

Defense for overlooked traffic violations in New Hampshire

Whenever the police pull you over in New Hampshire, the officer is going to come up to your window and start off by asking if you know what you did wrong. In many cases, you may know exactly why you were pulled over, but have you ever been honestly perplexed? Have you felt unsure what you did wrong and been unable to answer the question?

Some facts about uninsured motorist crashes in New Hampshire

Most motorists don't daily ponder the ramifications should they be involved in an accident, but if asked, it's likely that many New Hampshire drivers would assume an involved driver's insurance policy would cover damages. What happens when you are in an accident caused by an uninsured motorist, though? According to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, there are some actions the state will take.

Should employees care about workers' compensation insurance?

The idea of workers' compensation seems simple, but the realities can become fairly complex. One thing workers in New Hampshire should understand is that workers' compensation insurance is not something they have to purchase; the onus is on employers to carry the right level of insurance. However, that doesn't mean workers shouldn't care about the insurance at all.

Prohibitions against impaired driving in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, as in other states, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of something that could impair your ability to drive in a safe manner. One of the most common ways that this law is applied is when it comes to drunk driving. While it is possible to consume some alcohol and then drive legally, you are not allowed to do so if you are over the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), which is 0.08.

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