As a young college student or a young person looking forward to college, you should do everything you can to make sure that your education and future do not run off the rails if you make a simple mistake.
Sometimes, a mistake can change your life forever. You may have felt like you were fine to drive, but law enforcement felt otherwise. Perhaps you failed a field sobriety test because you've always been clumsy. Maybe your breathalyzer test was falsely positive because you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia.
After a fatal car accident, all of the focus will be on remembering the person who died. The grieving of the victim's family members and friends will also be an important concern. However, another person is usually suffering just as much as everyone else: the individual who received the blame for causing the accident.
Facing a DWI (driving while intoxicated) offense can drastically alter your life. Depending on the circumstances, a DWI offense can range from a class B misdemeanor to a felony offense. These are not simple traffic tickets, which you can effectively pay and promptly forgotten. You need to take the DWI charges as seriously as the state of New Hampshire will. You don't want to simply plead guilty or accept a public defender for your counsel. In order to protect yourself and your future, you need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands DWI laws.
While all felonies that deal with the death of another human being are serious matters, some charges carry far heavier penalties if convicted than others. All of these charges are grouped under the main heading of homicide, but within that category are subdivisions that deal with the severity of the crime. If you are facing such a serious charge, it's vital to your defense that you understand these subtle distinctions.
If you're facing accusations of domestic violence, there's a lot on the line. A conviction could land you behind bars. You could lose your job. You could lose your rights to see your kids. With felony charges, you could also lose other rights, like the right to own firearms. This, in turn, could bar you from pursuing certain careers, such as that of a police officer.
When you are criminally charged with domestic violence, many aspects of your life can change during the case. The New Hampshire Circuit Court's Domestic Violence Case Protocols details how these cases should be handled. From this manual, there are four things you should be aware of and take seriously.