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What are the protective order laws in New Hampshire?

Facing domestic violence is scary. No one should face such a problem in his or her lifetime. For those who have been abused by a loved one, significant other or a friend, they need to know how to acquire a protective order. The protective order laws in New Hampshire are pretty straightforward. Let's take a look at them in today's post.

A protective order lasts for a period of one year in New Hampshire. The order can be extended under certain circumstances. The first violation of a protective order is charged as a Class A misdemeanor. Any subsequent violations of a protective order are charged as felonies.

Probation terms can prove difficult to comply with

Probation is an alternative to having to serve a sentence in jail or prison. Unfortunately, this is often a very difficult program for participants because there are so many conditions and rules. For many people, compliance is complicated because many of the things you need to do are difficult due to the fact that you have a criminal record now.

One thing that almost always has to happen is that the probationer has to find and keep a job. They need to show that they are productive members of society. Plus, having a job gives them something to focus on that will hopefully keep them out of trouble.

An interlock device could be a component of your DWI penalties

New Hampshire drunk driving laws are harsh. If a law enforcement officer stops you for driving while intoxicated, the penalties you face will depend on your blood alcohol content level and the circumstances that led to your arrest.

If you have a high enough BAC, the court could order you to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive.

Drunk driving cases require careful attention to detail

People who are facing drunk driving cases need to make sure that they aren't trying to hide from the charges. As tempting as it is to just ignore the case, you have to be proactive when you are in this position. Instead of trying to forget about the case, use the time between the arrest and the court date to work on a defense. We can help you with this.

Your drunk driving case can't be handled with a defense that worked for someone else. Instead, you need a personalized defense that takes your circumstances into account. We need to look at what happened when you were stopped so that we can help you to determine what aspects of a defense strategy you need to focus on.

Don't think that drug paraphernalia charges aren't serious

Many different charges related to drugs can come out of a criminal investigation. One of the charges possible can occur without any drugs actually being present. This is a drug paraphernalia charge, which can come based only on the objects that are in your possession.

A drug paraphernalia charge isn't one that should be considered any less serious than other drug cases. These charges are still a mark on your criminal record that can have a negative impact on your life. With this in mind, you need to make sure that you are fighting the charge. This starts with understanding what the charge means.

Drug charges come with options that you must carefully consider

Illegal drug usage can lead to criminal charges, but there are times when all a person needs is help to kick an addiction. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is geared more toward punishment and less toward help in these matters. If you are facing a drug charge, you need to learn about your options for addressing the matter.

For people in New Hampshire who are addicted to drugs, there is a sliver of hope in the criminal justice system. If you aren't facing any violent crime charges, you might qualify for one of the drug court programs that is offered in this state. This gives you the opportunity to go through a court-supervised program that addresses the addiction.

Even legal medication can lead to impaired driving charges

Impaired driving charges can come from a host of situations. One of these is when a person takes legal drugs. These can include ones for sale at the local big box store or those that are prescribed by a doctor. The only thing that matters in these cases is that the drug impairs the driver's ability to drive the vehicle.

The possibility of a drunk driving charge for taking legal drugs is something that you need to think about when you are reaching to take a medication. You should check the side effects of the medication to see if drowsiness or any other form of impairment is possible. If it is, you need to see how the medication impacts you before you get behind the wheel.

The essential aspects of a will in the probate process

Wills allow estate holders to establish their wishes for their estates before their passing. The probate process helps to ensure the proper distribution of the estate in alignment with the estate holder's responsibilities and wishes.

Whether someone is creating a will or standing to gain from one, the probate process is an important aspect to understand. It is also critical to know how the will impacts the probate process.

Be careful this weekend if you are out at game parties

The Super Bowl is over but other big games are in the offing this weekend so many people will be heading out to enjoy some fun times with friends. If you are heading out, make sure that you have taken the time to plan for how you are going to get home after the game ends. This is the only way that you can be sure that you aren't going to end up in jail if you decide to have a few beers while you are watching the game.

We understand that things don't always go as planned. If you find that you have to drive home after a few drinks, you might end up seeing those flashing lights of a police car in your mirror. You should be prepared for what is to come if you do. You might end up in jail if the officer determines you are intoxicated.

Probation and parole programs include personalized elements

Parole and probation programs are community monitoring programs that enable the person who is on parole or probation to be out in society while he or she completes his or her court-ordered sentence. The person's goings and comings are monitored by an officer within the community correction program. All of these programs come with strict rules, but they can vary depending on what the participant needs.

One thing that can vary from one person to another is where he or she serves out his or her sentence. Some people are able to live at home and only report to their officer on a predetermined schedule. Others might have to live in a halfway house or residential drug treatment facility.

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