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Ring of theft & property crimes spreads to New Hampshire

Since security does not always keep up with technology, identity theft is a possibility against which many people take precautions. However, some residents of New Hampshire may be unknowingly involved in an organized system of theft & property crimes that begins with stolen identities. One man who was arrested recently may lead police to a crime ring covering several states.

Police pop 3 on drug charges after questionable vehicle stop

The war against drugs continues briskly in New Hampshire. The state drug task force reportedly received information that a 32-year-old man would be transporting a "quantity" of heroin to Lebanon. On Aug. 31, Lebanon police pulled over the car for a reported "motor vehicle stop." They allege that they found 10 "bags" of heroin and a "small quantity" of marijuana on the driver's person, which led to his arrest on drug charges.

Former state senator crashes car, nabbed for drunk driving

DUI in New Hampshire, like in other states, is set up to reflect a stiffer sentence for repeat violations. There is also a more severe punishment for aggravated DUI where the blood alcohol level is .16 or above. Generally, a first offense for drunk driving carries no jail sentence and provides for a fine of $500 plus other costs. There is also an automatic driver's license suspension of nine months to two years.

Crossover car accidents often strike down innocent victims

It is frightening to see innocent operators struck down by a crossover vehicle that has gone out of control. The fact that one's life can be snuffed out so suddenly and without notice in such car accidents by someone's wrongful driving is a tough reality to accept. In the typical crossover in New Hampshire and elsewhere, one vehicle seemingly goes postal and crosses the median as if looking for prey to strike down.

State police stop car, arrest 2 men on drug charges

When the police make what is billed as a standard traffic stop, the reason they most often give for the authority to do a preliminary search is that they smelled the odor of marijuana. That reason is becoming obsolete as a justification for a search and subsequent drug charges because many states now have medical marijuana laws that make carrying the drug legal under restrictive regulations. New Hampshire has had a medical marijuana law in operation since 2013, but the authorities continue to conduct searches based on smelling the odor of pot.

Woman charged with felonies of stealing another's identity

Charges dealing with identity fraud are more prevalent today as the technological revolution continues to provide better ways of stealing someone's identity. The opportunities for using someone's vital statistics to conduct an identity scam are limited only by the creativity of the thief. In one New Hampshire case, the Concord Police have arrested a 33-year-old state worker for allegedly committing felonies involving stealing another woman's identity for use on a sexual dating site.

Feds propose controversial changes to limit truck fatalities

From 2014 to 2015, the rate of truck fatalities increased 4.1 percent in the United States, according to a report recently published by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the report, there were over 4,000 fatalities in traffic accidents involving large trucks, which is the highest number of truck fatalities since 2008. Due to this rise in truck fatalities, there have been many debates and discussions about what measures the federal government should take to tackle this problem head-on. 

Woman awaits court hearing after arrest for drunk driving

When a New Hampshire driver is charged with DWI -- driving while intoxicated -- the impact on his or her life can be severe. Even before a drunk driving conviction, the effects of the charges on the accused person's personal and professional life may be significant. A Londonderry woman and a relative were fortunate to survive a recent car accident that led to her arrest on suspicion of being impaired.

Obtaining a hardship license in New Hampshire after a DWI conviction

Starting in 2016, first-time offenders convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Hampshire became eligible for a "hardship license." Hardship licenses, also known as "Cinderella licenses," allow first-time offenders to drive to school, work, substance abuse programs or medical appointments during the term of their suspended license. Those convicted of DWI are eligible to apply for a hardship license by petitioning the court after serving at least 45 days of their license suspension; driving privileges under a hardship license are limited to certain times, days and locations based on work, school or medical needs.

Workers' compensation supports deceased man's family

In New Hampshire, workplace mishaps often affect more people than just the injured employee. Co-workers may also be distressed when they witness an accident or discover a wounded colleague. Of course, the spouses of injured workers may find themselves in the role of caretaker, relying on workers' compensation for support during a prolonged recovery. However, the impact felt by all of these people rises to a different level when an injury on the job takes the life of a worker. 

Man faces felonies in connection to credit card fraud

When a person is arrested for a particular crime, it can be unsettling to learn that police are investigating the possibility of adding more charges. If those charges are felonies and connect the detainee to known criminals, that person is wise to obtain legal counsel as quickly as possible. One man may have already contacted an attorney to represent him while New Hampshire police continue an investigation that they believe will connect him to federal crimes.

Premises liability law defines landowner duties owed to invitees

In New Hampshire and elsewhere, premises liability refers to the legal duty owed by business owners to compensate people lawfully on their premises who have suffered injury due to the owner's negligence. In the law of premises liability, the business owner owes its highest duty of care to business invitees. For example, this would include retail customers who go to a restaurant, a grocery store, a retail store in a mall, a concert venue and a wide variety of other business establishments.

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