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Thefts over $1,000 are class A felonies in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire theft is a serious crime. If the amount taken is over $1,000, the offense is charged as felony theft. It is a Class A felony, which can carry a sentence of imprisonment up to 15 years. Where the amount is over $1,000 but not substantially more than that amount, it may appear harsh to classify such a crime with far more serious felonies.

Nonetheless, a defendant charged with stealing $3,000 is facing a felony charge that must be treated very seriously. In that situation, the accused will above all want to retain a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. These issues are pertinent in the recent arrest of Nashua's recreation program manager for felony theft.

The authorities have accused the 54-year-old male with paying himself for basketball and baseball games that he did not officiate. They allege that he could pull it off because he was the person responsible for sending in the payroll for each referee to city hall. The amount allegedly billed was $3,231.

The Nashua police started an investigation in February and recently arrested the accused. The illegal charges were made for "Biddy" league basketball and city baseball games, police say. If the factual charges are correct, the defendant will likely look to negotiating a plea bargain that will not impose a prison sentence.

The accused may have no prior record and may have several areas of his personal and professional life that are exemplary. That is the focus that defense counsel will possibly take in preparing a negotiating strategy and a sentencing presentation under New Hampshire law and procedure. A major aspect of the argument could likely be that there is no need to incarcerate this defendant with offenders guilty of far more serious felonies, especially if he can show the mitigating circumstances to justify probation or an alternative disposition.

Source: Nashua, NH Patch, "Nashua Recreation Manager Stole $3K From City: Police", Jason Claffey, March 10, 2017

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