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Felonies: Man charged with attempted murder in alleged attack

In New Hampshire and all other states, it is basic in our system of criminal law that an accused is protected by the presumption of innocence until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This applies to misdemeanors as well as felonies, and it is mandatory even where guilt may appear to be overwhelming. This is necessary to assure that everyone is treated fairly and not deprived of their freedom without substantial proof presented in a court of law.

These rules apply to all criminal arrests in the state, including the recent arrest of a 54-year-old man for two counts of attempted murder arising from an alleged attack on two women at a Fitzwilliam address. The New Hampshire State Police had issued the attempted murder warrants against the accused after the two women reportedly suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment. The details of what happened are sketchy, and it is not known if the accused knew the women or if they were strangers.

He was reportedly living in a Fitzwilliam campground when the alleged attack occurred. Police advised residents that this was an isolated incident but that they should always take normal precautions. The accusations in this case seem to indicate guilt at first blush, if the facts reported by the police turn out to be accurate.

However, many questions and issues may still exist, not the least of which is the need of the victims to clearly identify the accused as the perpetrator. Defense counsel must examine and evaluate all  potential defenses to the alleged attempted murder felonies, and then discuss them with the accused. After that process, if appropriate, the case may be resolved by plea negotiations. It is best to have an experienced criminal defense counsel at the helm to conduct the all-important and possibly complex negotiations with the prosecutors.

Source:, "Police: South Boston man to be charged with attempted murder", June 12, 2017

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