The New Hampshire 9th Circuit - District Division - Manchester Court, commonly known as the Manchester District Court, is located just 18 minutes away from our Concord office. This Court handles misdemeanor and violation cases brought by the following police departments: the Manchester Police Department, and the State Police. Unlike all other district courts in NH, this Court's jurisdiction covers only one municipality, Manchester, with all surrounding small towns feeding into other area district courts.
All local violations and misdemeanors go through this Court, including:
When charged as a Class A misdemeanors, such crimes carry penalties of up to one year in the house of correction and/or a $2,000 fine. Even when the charge is not a Class A Misdemeanor, severe consequences may be imposed such as fines, “no contact” orders, loss of driver’s license, and court ordered treatment or programming (which can be very expensive).
Felony cases may also start in Manchester District Court when the case begins with an arrest rather than an indictment. This early stage may be critical in a felony case. Bail is set by the court, determining whether the accused remains free or in jail awaiting trial. There is also a “probable cause” hearing at which the prosecution must present at least some of the evidence which supports the charge. The outcome of either of these proceedings may have a significant impact on the accused and how the case proceeds when it later goes to the Hillsborough County Superior Court (North). Finally, and most importantly, when a felony starts in district court, there is sometimes a chance to resolve the case as a misdemeanor in the district court before there is an indictment and the case hits the docket in superior court. Sometimes this is the best chance to avoid a felony conviction.
The Manchester Police prosecute the majority of cases brought in this Court, with the attorney prosecutors of the Manchester City Solicitor's Office handling the case after arraignment (first appearance). A separate prosecuting attorney works for the State Police and prosecutes some of their cases, including DWI cases, in the Manchester District Court. State Police tend to make arrests on the highways that pass through Manchester - Route 93, Route 293 / Everett Turnpike, and Route 101.
Our firm has extensive experience handling cases in Manchester District Court, including DUI/DWI cases, drug cases, theft cases, and serious felony cases that began in that Court and moved on to the Hillsborough Superior Court. When you face a criminal charge in district court it is important to obtain a criminal defense lawyer or DWI defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm is ready to assist you and we will respond promptly to inquiries through this site or by calls to our office.
9th Circuit - District Division - Manchester
35 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101
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