Criminal Defense Litigation for over 20 years.
Attorney Joanne M. Stella has been representing clients in New Hampshire since graduating from Boston University School of Law in 1993. Over 20 years of outstanding and compassionate criminal defense and civil litigation.
During law school Attorney Stella was a research assistant to a law professor working on Title VII and IX Sexual Harassment laws. She spent her first summer interning for an International Dispute Resolution Firm in London, England and spent her second summer working for the Alaska Public Defender’s Office where she gained a passion for representing those falsely accused of crimes.
Upon graduation and up until 1996 Attorney Stella worked tirelessly as a court appointed counsel for indigent defendants in the criminal courts. As a New Hampshire Public Defender her caseload included felony level sexual assault and drug cases as well as misdemeanor criminal offenses and juvenile delinquency offenses.
After leaving the Public Defender’s office Attorney Stella began her own practice as the contract attorney hired to provide legal services to all full-time students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). During her 18 year tenure as the UNH legal services attorney she has represented over 9,000 students. Many thousands of those cases involved drug and alcohol offenses, as well as the litany of criminal offenses often connected to the use of substances such as DWI, Possession of Fake IDs, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, Underage Intoxication, etc. Attorney Stella has experience representing those charged locally by the Durham Police, UNH Police, Dover Police, New Hampshire Liquor Law Enforcement Officer and New Hampshire State Police as well as representation in the surrounding communities such as Newmarket and Portsmouth. In addition to guidance in their criminal cases, UNH students received expert advice from Attorney Stella on the collateral consequences affecting their status as a student for such things as financial aid, scholarships, study abroad, disciplinary matters, immigration issues for international students and the potential impact on future employment. Attorney Stella has the knowledge and experience to guide young adults through this maze of sanctions that can occur as a collateral consequence of being arrested. Also, during her time at UNH Attorney Stella counseled thousands of students involved in landlord tenant disputes and twice argued their cases successfully in the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Attorney Stella has tried hundreds of cases, both criminal and civil, and everything in between from Supreme Court appeals to motor vehicle hearings. She has represented thousands of clients and has a proven track record of success. Attorney Stella always provides a free consultation and will take the time address each client’s needs expertly and with compassion.
|NH||Authorized to practice law||1993||09/30/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rockingham County Pro Bono Award||New Hampshire Bar Association||2010|
|Attorney||Joanne M Stella||2000 - Present|
|Attorney||Student Legal Services UNH||1996 - 2015|
|Attorney||New Hampshire Public Defender Office||1993 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1996 - Present|
|Boston University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Boston University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Know Your Rights||Laws Regarding Interactions with the Police||2015|
|Portsmouth High School 9th Grade Conference||Underage Drinking and Drug Use||2014|
|Green v. Sumner Properties, 152 NH 183 (2005)||UNH Student received reimbursement of half his rent paid.|
|Miller v. Slania Enterprises, 150 NH 655 (2004)||Client awarded over $4,000.00.|
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