NHDefender Blog

1st Circuit "on a tear"...

Three Sentencing Reversals in One Day Yes, on August 16, 2021, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston went “on a tear” …. tearing up the sentences imposed by lower court judges in three different cases. These decisions illustrat… Read More
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Another victory for Kaylee!

Attorney Kaylee Doty’s Winning Streak Kaylee Doty has had quite a run in stalking and restraining order hearings. Five such cases in 2021, only one resulted in a final Order, and for very specific reasons, client agreed not to contest that one.… Read More
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4th Consecutive Jury Trial Not Guilty on Domestic Violence Charges

Last week, on July 23, 2021, Richard Guerriero won a big victory for his client. After a trial in which both accuser and the accused took the stand, the jury found the accused NOT guilty of False Imprisonment, and NOT guilty of Simple Assault, the tw… Read More
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Victory on Appeal - Landmark Decision in Marital Case

Cutting-Edge Victory on Appeal! On April 1, 2021, we won a major victory in the NH Supreme Court that made the national news, receiving coverage in the ABA Journal, NH Public Radio, the Union Leader newspaper, and elsewhere. We even found our way int… Read More
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Appellate Decision of the Month - "Message Received!"

The Recent 101 Ocean Blvd v. Foy Decision In 101 Ocean Blvd v. Foy, decided on March 19, 2021, the New Hampshire Supreme Court addressed a frequently recurring appellate issue: An attorney that made an improper “send a message” argument to the ju… Read More
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Categories: Appeals

Mass. Appeals Ct Suppresses Evidence from Pretextual Vehicle Stop

In Commonwealth v. Lek, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a major decision earlier this month that curtails the ability of the police to make pretextual stops, find a reason to arrest the driver, and then search his car. Surprise! – Pretex… Read More
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Drug Convictions Reversed due to Trial Judge's Biased Comments

The Case and Ruling In late December, in United States v. Raymundi-Hernandez, the 1st Circuit Court reversed not only Mr. Raymundi-Hernandez’s conviction for narcotics trafficking, but convictions of three other codefendants / alleged coconspir… Read More
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2020- Year in Review for the Criminal Justice System

The January 20, 2021 issue of the New Hampshire Bar News printed excerpts from an article that Kaylee Doty and I wrote, “The Criminal Justice System in 2020 – A Year Like No Other”. You can read the excerpted article in the newspape… Read More
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Its a crime to Refuse to Hand an Officer Your License on Request

In a November 19, 2020 decision, State v. Shaw, the NH Supreme Court ruled that a driver commits the crime of Disobeying a Police Officer if police officer asks for license and registration, and driver holds up the license to the window but refuses t… Read More
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Landmark Racial Profiling Decision from MA Supreme Judicial Court

Yesterday, September 17, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (highest court in MA) released a landmark decision that enables victims of racial profiling to hold police officers accountable in court by suppressing evidence obtained as a res… Read More
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