There are many different reasons why a federal judge in New Hampshire may decide to dismiss a criminal case. Some cases are dismissed because of new information revealed through scientific analysis. Other dismissals may be connected to plea agreements offered by the prosecution, which seems to be the case in a recent felonies indictment dismissal issued by a U.S. District Court judge.
The situation involved a married couple who were arrested in February 2015. The husband and wife own a local shop that came under scrutiny when law enforcement agents charged them with conspiracy to commit money laundering and sell drug paraphernalia. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Apparently, the man later pleaded guilty to offering incorrectly branded drugs for sale at his store. As part of a plea agreement, he civilly forfeited more than $10,000 in cash and various drug items that were seized by authorities from his establishment in 2013. The plea exchange also included a stipulation that he be recommended for a 1-year probation.
In addition, the federal judge also agreed to dismiss, without prejudice, the criminal indictment against the man's wife. The man himself has been released from jail pending sentencing slated to take place in June 2016. There have been many similar situations in New Hampshire when a criminal defense attorney is able to obtain a dismissal of charges for clients accused of felonies in the state. This is one of many reasons it is advisable to secure experienced legal support as soon as possible after an arrest has taken place.
Source: sentinelsource.com, "Judge dismisses indictment against Keene head shop co-owner", Alyssa Dandrea, March 23, 2016