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About Me

I am an experienced trial lawyer practicing in Northern New Hampshire, primarily serving Coos, Carrol and Grafton County. I have successfully argued more jury trials than any other defense lawyer in Coos County. I have been representing people in criminal cases for over twenty years.

I am recognized by my peers as possessing exceptional knowledge in the field of DWI. I have served on an editorial board for James Publishing, Inc. and written a chapter on breath testing in a book to be published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) focusing on New Hampshire DWI defense. I have been a presenter and chair person of New Hampshire defense lawyer trainings sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on Advanced DWI Defense.

I am certified according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to administer the standardized field sobriety tests (horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk and turn, and one leg stand.) I am also certified to operate, maintain and repair the Intoxilyzer 5000. I have been certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, the SD-5 and Intoximeter FST and taken advanced forensic blood classes. I am a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. I am better trained than the police officer who arrested you. I have the experience to focus on the proper methods to attack the state's case against you and win.

I am available 24 hours a day for emergency consultations.

Harden Law Offices was established in June of 2003. I opened a second office in the summer of 2005 in Littleton to better serve the North Country. In the fall of 2011, I also acquired a Lebanon office.  I am willing to meet with clients before or after normal business hours. I take pride in returning calls personally and in handling all of my cases from start to finish.

I have been focusing on criminal defense with a larger firm from southern New Hampshire and managing their office in Lancaster for over 7 years. Prior to my work with the southern firm, I worked in a North Country general practice firm focusing on criminal defense. It was during my time at the general practice firm that I began taking court appointed cases from local courts in northern New Hampshire.

I have been defending cases in northern New Hampshire for over 20years.

Previous Employment Summary

  • Harden Law Offices, Sole Practitioner, Self employed 2003 to present
  • NH Technical College, Berlin Campus, Professor of Criminal Law 2003 to 2006
  • Twomey & Sisti, Managing Attorney Lancaster Office1996 to 2003
  • Thomas A. Rappa, Jr., Associate Attorney 1993 to 1996

Activities and Awards

  • New Hampshire Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors
  • Score of 10, the highest permitted according to a proprietary scoring system established by Naymz based on peer reviews and connections
  • Certified to maintain and repair Intoxilyzer 5000
  • Certified operator of evidential breath testing devises.
  • Certified to operate Intoxilyzer 8000
  • Qualified to defend forensic blood cases.
  • Graduate of National College of DUI Defense Summer Session (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration / International Association of Chief of Police Certified Practitioner of Field Sobriety Testing