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Woman held on felonies regarding 2 home invasions, others sought

Home invasions in New Hampshire and elsewhere are frightful offenses that the authorities take seriously and that generally carry stiff prison sentences. A 27-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with two recent home invasions in Rochester. She has been charged with two felonies, i.e., conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying physical evidence. Authorities claim that the first invasion occurred on May 21 at 4:45 a.m.

Rochester police say that two masked invaders held a man and woman who were staying in a motel at gunpoint until they gave them money and a small amount of marijuana. There were no injuries, according to police. In the second incident the very next day, officers responded to another home invasion report. A man said he had been hit in the head with a bat and that there was a handgun pointed at him. Eventually, he escaped and the attackers also fled as police were called to the scene.

Police are now looking for three other people, ages 22, 23, and 33. All are wanted on one or more charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and on assault charges. They are also wanted on falsifying physical evidence charges, but it is uncertain to what events those charges apply.

If the person being held is guilty of the charged felonies and ready to deal with the case on that level, her best chance is for an early plea bargain. She is in a position to negotiate preferred treatment in return for full cooperation. That is a choice that defendants must consider when reviewing the charges and the facts with criminal defense counsel.

However, plea bargaining and entering a plea of guilty to one or more of the charged felonies would not be applicable if the defendant insists that she is not guilty. If there is a defense under New Hampshire law claimed by the accused, then defense counsel must assertively pursue that line of inquiry and give the defendant efficient and effective representation. There are several defenses that counsel and the accused individual can discuss and evaluate before deciding what strategy is best under the circumstances.

Source: unionleader.com, "Local woman arrested, three sought in two Rochester home invasions", Pat Grossmith, June 4, 2016

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