New Hampshire Case Victories

With over 50 combined years of experience, New Hampshire criminal defense attorneys Ted Lothstein and Richard Guerriero have fought on behalf of thousands of clients in New Hampshire’s District Courts and Superior Courts, and have handled over 100 appeals in the New Hampshire Supreme Court. See a sampling of our successful cases below. Or read specifically about our criminal defense victories, our victories in DWI / DUI / OUI cases, or our victories on appeal, including cutting edge litigation that has established important New Hampshire legal precedents.

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

DWI Reduced to Plea to Negligent Operation

Pelham police arrest Client for DWI following a traffic stop for weaving. The cruiser video shows that Client did not cross the center line a single time. Client’s DWI is dismissed and Client is allowed to plead guilty to negligent operation, a much less serious offense. Read More

Breath Test Evidence Suppressed: DWI Charge Dismissed

State Police arrest Client after he is stopped in a DWI roadblock and blows a breath test over the legal limit. Judge Rappa holds that the investigating officer did not have sufficient suspicion to justify removing driver from the vehicle for field sobriety tests, and grants motion to suppress all evidence that follows, including the breath test. This results in dismissal of the charge. Read More

Motion to Suppress Evidence of Vehicle Stop Results in Dismissal of DWI Charge

Concord Police Officer stops Client and charges Client with DWI after observing Client drive in circles late at night, seemingly lost, with a plate light out. Attorney Lothstein files motion to suppress the vehicle stop. Subsequently, prosecutor gives Client the opportunity to plead to a lesser offense, with the DWI dismissed. This plea saves Client’s commercial driver’s license. An administrative hearing convened to suspend Client’s commercial driver’s license for one year results in no suspension at all because Client did not get convicted of DWI, and did not sustain a DWI administrative suspension. Read More

Client Found Not Guilty of DWI at Trial

The State charged Client with DWI; the officer testified after he pulled Client over, he smelled of alcohol, and was stumbling, slurring, and nearly passing out. Ted Lothstein persuaded the jury that Client’s symptoms were the result of a hypoglycemic reaction related to Client’s type-2 diabetes. The jury found Client not guilty. Read More

Negligent Homicide Case Reaches Settlement, Successful Suppression of Evidence

Client was charged in Rockingham County Superior Court with negligent homicide (alcohol impairment) and negligent homicide (excessive speed) for a single-car accident in which she rolled over her Jeep on Route 101 while returning home from a nightclub in Manchester … a tragic accident that killed her passenger and best friend. Ted Lothstein, a DUI lawyer in NH, and co-counsel filed a motion to suppress blood test results that showed Client had an incriminating blood alcohol level, and a motion to suppress a horizontal gaze nystagmus test that the state trooper believed produced evidence of impairment. After hearings, the trial court granted both motions. After much of the evidence had been suppressed, the State agreed to drop the alcohol impairment indictment and the parties reached a negotiated settlement involving consequences far less than the typical outcome of a DWI-fatality case in this State. Read More

Mistakes by Breath Test Operator — DWI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving

Victory in Franklin District Court. The Sanbornton Police charged Client with DWI, and sought to introduce evidence of a breath test significantly over the legal limit. First, Client won his ALS hearing and avoided a 6 month administrative suspension. Then, on the 2nd day of the DWI trial, Attorney Lothstein’s cross-examination of the breath test operator exposed mistakes that left the admissibility of the breath test result in doubt. At that juncture, the prosecution agreed to settle the case by dismissing the DWI charge and allowing Client to plead to reckless driving, a motor vehicle infraction. Another hard-fought victory! Read More

Client Charged with Assault Acted in Self Defense

Rockingham County Superior Court. The State charged Client with simple assault based on eyewitnesses, including an off-duty police officer, who swore that during a bar fight, Client walked up to a man already unconscious in the gutter and brutally stomped on the man’s head. Ted Lothstein argued that Client acted in self-defense, and that the eyewitnesses were mistaken. The jury acquitted Client of simple assault and convicted him of the violation-level offense mutual combat, and Client paid a small fine. Read More

Client Acquitted of Assault Based on Self-Defense Argument

Merrimack County Superior Court. The State charged Client with first degree assault based on a stabbing that occurred outside a restaurant/bar in Concord. Ted Lothstein argued that Client acted in self-defense, protecting himself from a drunken thug. The jury acquitted Client. Read More

Sexual Assault Charge Dropped

Strafford County Superior Court. The State charged Client with aggravated felonious sexual assault in the Strafford County Superior Court. The County Attorney gloated to the jury in his opening statement that this was the only adult rape case he could remember where there was a third-party eyewitness — another woman who claimed to have walked in on Client violently sexually assaulting his girlfriend. Ted Lothstein, through discovery proceedings, gained access to mental health records casting doubt on the eyewitness’s credibility, and used them during cross-examination of this supposedly-neutral eyewitness. At trial, even with both women testifying against Client, a divided jury could not reach a verdict, and the State later dropped the charge. Read More

Jury Acquits of Burglary Charge

Carroll County Superior Court. A Client on parole for a hotel burglary was charged with a hotel burglary. Ted Lothstein, during a deposition of a police chief, uncovered damaging information about the eyewitness’s credibility that had never been disclosed by the prosecution. The jury returned with an acquittal after just fifteen minutes deliberation. Upon finishing his sentences, Client now lives happily on Cape Cod with his family … and sends Lothstein a holiday card every year! Read More

These victories do not predict the outcome of your case. Like most lawyers who are not afraid to try a case, Ted Lothstein and Richard Guerriero have both seen plenty of juries vote to convict. From both victories and defeats, Ted Lothstein and Richard Guerriero have gained the experience and wisdom to guide a client through the process of exposing the weaknesses and strengths both of the prosecution’s case and of the available defenses, with the ultimate goal of achieving the best possible outcome - which may be a trial, or a negotiated settlement, a choice only the client can make.

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