New Hampshire & Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer
Serving Clients Throughout New Hampshire: Concord, Dover and Manchester
and in Maine: Kennebunk and Saco
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.-
the best legal minds belong in your corner.
When our clients face criminal charges brought by the state and federal
government, Shaheen & Gordon's criminal defense team prides itself
on zealously defending them. Our criminal lawyers include former prosecutors
at the county, state, and federal levels, as well as seasoned criminal
defense attorneys. With a wealth of prosecution experience, our criminal
defense attorneys have been trained to understand how the state builds
cases, and they rely on that experience to defend clients.
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With principal offices in Concord, Dover, and Manchester, New Hampshire
and offices in Kennebunk & Saco, Maine, and satellite offices in Nashua
and Portsmouth, our criminal team is uniquely positioned to respond to
a range of matters at all levels of the criminal justice system in New
Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. With equal energy, our criminal defense
attorneys regularly defend major and minor matters alike - from felony
homicide charges, to complicated white collar federal offenses, to district
court misdemeanors and traffic violation cases. No matter the size and
scope of the charge, our criminal attorneys focus on minimizing the frightening
impact that a criminal case can have on our clients and their families.
To be effective in defending cases, our criminal law team knows that it
must both prepare to try its cases and, at the same time, creatively explore
the most responsible way to resolve them. Year in and year out, our criminal
defense attorneys deliver victories to their clients after trial. At the
same time, they boast a range of creative resolutions, even in the face
of the most difficult and stigmatizing allegations of criminal wrongdoing.
From district court misdemeanor bench trials to complicated felony jury trials,
our track record demonstrates a willingness to wade in to the most controversial and difficult
matters in a meaningful manner.
Our criminal attorneys apply a comprehensive approach to defending felony
and misdemeanor cases. This means taking the time to know our clients,
size up legal and factual issues, spot constitutional concerns, assess
scientific and forensic questions, and enlist the assistance of forensic
and mental health experts when necessary. We also understand the importance
of building a strong attorney / client relationship in order for a criminal
case to be successful.
The Lawyer-Client Relationship in Criminal Cases
No matter the complexity of a case, our criminal lawyers take the time
to know our clients and their families in order to assess their goals
and manage the case with those goals in mind. The penalties in criminal
cases can be among the most significant in all of the justice system.
Felony and misdemeanor cases may call for jail and prison time; result
in stigmatizing registration obligations; and conclude with a criminal
record. These penalties extend well beyond the case itself, having an
impact on our clients' professional lives and family obligations.
Understanding the impact of a case on our client puts us in a better position
to drive a case toward a result-oriented outcome. We insist on meeting
our clients up front in order to discuss their background, family circumstances,
and future plans. We then rely on this knowledge to inform negotiations
with prosecutors and to shape our goals as we move forward. We view the
attorney / client relationship in criminal cases as sacrosanct. In major
matters, our firm offers the depth to assemble a team of criminal practitioners
to engage in comprehensive pretrial litigation, trial preparation, and
Even in minor matters, our standing as one of New Hampshire's largest
firms gives us a wealth of in house resources to attack the State's case.
Identifying Factual, Legal, and Constitutional Issues
Fundamental constitutional concerns are implicated in criminal cases. Our
criminal defense attorneys take pride in spotting these issues and then
incorporating them into negotiations, pre-trial motions and trial preparation.
In our cases, search and seizure, Miranda rights, competency, confrontation,
due process, and mental health matters routinely implicate fundamental
constitutional concerns at the state and federal level. Our criminal defense
lawyers stay abreast of the latest state and federal court decisions in
order to understand these issues, blend them into our negotiations with
prosecutors, and engage in pre-trial litigation. We take pride in our
motion practice, in which we bring sophisticated legal writing and research
skills to litigate important matters prior to trial. By contemplating
motions to dismiss cases and suppress evidence, we find that we can improve
our bargaining position prior to trial. When bargaining fails, our aggressive
approach to pretrial litigation often positions us to narrow cases, improving
our likelihood of success at trial.
Scientific and Expert Issues
Advances in technology have had an enormous impact on the prosecution and
defense of criminal cases. Well-rounded work as a criminal defense attorney
is no longer just about effective court room presentation, but also requires
an understanding of the scientific underpinnings of a case. In any given
case, DNA testing, blood stain pattern analysis, computer forensics, mental
health issues, forensic auditing, polygraph examinations, chemical testing,
fingerprint comparison, tool mark analysis and psycho-sexual evaluations
may surface among a myriad of scientific issues.
Our criminal lawyers have experience presenting and defending scientific evidence in court
and have established trusted relationships with qualified experts in order
to size up these issues, develop a plan of attack, and poke holes in the
Contact a New Hampshire Criminal Defense Attorney
Contact the offices of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. today to consult with
a member of our criminal defense team. Our criminal defense attorneys
bring dignity to the defense of difficult criminal cases, actively pursue
positive outcomes and have a wealth of trial experience to apply to criminal
cases no matter how large or how small. Contact an attorney from our firm
today for effective defense. Click on each of the names below to learn
more about our legal team.