First you should hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your area. Shoplifting of the nature that you describe is generally charged as a misdemeanor in NH. The prosecutor may designate the charge as Class A or Class B. A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 12 months incarceration and a $2000.00 fine. A Class B misdemeanor is a non-jailable offense. If you have no prior record the charge is likely to designated as Class B. However, Class B misdemeanors will appear on your...
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Your question involves facts that could result in felony domestic violence charges. You should immediately seek out and hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent your interests. These charges are brought by the state - not by your spouse. The state will often pursue such charges even if your spouse does not agree to the prosecution. Thus it is very important that you retain counsel to represent you as soon as possible.
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First you should consult with a New Hampshire lawyer. As a general rule you may assert your right not to incriminate yourself anytime that you have a good faith belief that your answer to a specific question may tend to incriminate you. The anticipated incrimination need not be complete. You may assert the privilege if your answer would contribute to a chain of evidence or provide circumstantial evidence of your guilt of a criminal offense. However there are missing details in your...
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You should hire a lawyer immediately. Your facts raise issues about whether the officer improperly extended the length of the stop or improperly changed its nature. There is a very recent New Hampshire Supreme Court case that addresses some of these important issues. You should hire a lawyer.
The failure to issue a speeding ticket should not have any effect on the case against a passenger for possession. However this case raises significant issues pertaining to probable cause for a search and arrest of the passenger. You should consuult with a competent criminal defense lawyer to determine whether the search and arrest can withstand legal scrutiny and whether a motion to suppress evidence would be fruitful in your case.