A Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Criminal Defense
Our New Hampshire criminal defense lawyers defend many clients at a time,
but we strive to identify the legal and personal issues in each and every
one of our cases individually. We wish to explain the case to our client
in clear and straightforward terms. We keep the legal jargon in the courtroom
to help you better understand your rights and options, as well as the
status of your case.
We proactively work with you to build a comprehensive and creative argument
in your defense, with the aim of securing the best possible outcome for
your case. We will take time to get to know you as a person and size up
the legal and factual issues in your case; this way, we can spot issues
pertaining to procedure, evidence, and constitutional concerns that may
mitigate the consequences or defeat the charges.
Factual, Legal & Constitutional Issues in Criminal Cases
As Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. mounts a strong defense for you, our lawyers
seek to identify fundamental constitutional concerns regarding your case.
They then incorporate these issues into negotiations, pretrial motions
and trial presentations to strategically position your case to lessen
or eliminate your responsibility for the criminal charges levied against you.
Common issues we look for include:
- Miranda Rights
- Search and seizure
- Due process
- Mental health matters
- Scientific Testing
Staying on top of concerns related to these issues and blending them into
your defense can work to your advantage.
We also pride ourselves on our motion practice, which relies on legal writing
and research to litigate crucial issues before your trial. We often find
that we can improve our bargaining position before trials by contemplating
motions to dismiss cases and suppress evidence that may have been collected
by law enforcement in violation of your constitutional rights. In certain
matters, we rely on pretrial litigation to narrow the issues in our cases
and improve your chances of success during trial.
A Criminal Conviction Can Have Long-Term Ramifications
It is vital to obtain a capable defense team because even one criminal
conviction can have long-term, negative consequences. In addition to a
potential prison sentence, you may face fines, social stigma, limited
job opportunities, and difficulty finding housing, among other common
concerns. Depending on the severity of the conviction, you could lose
your right to bear arms, vote in elections, or be included in stigmatizing
Many individuals we speak to jump to the conclusion that a judge might
dismiss their case when they hear the story. Unfortunately, this is not
how the process works. Even if you made a simple mistake, a judge is not
likely to simply dismiss your case. This is particularly true when prosecutors
seek to make an example of you, a concern in our northern New England
communities. You need a team of highly capable attorneys on your side
to ensure you receive the strong fighting chance you deserve.
We Defend Against a Variety of Criminal Charges
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., we strive to protect the rights of our New
Hampshire clients. Don’t leave your future up to chance; work with
a skilled criminal defense attorney and our team. We will personalize
your defense and pursue that defense with zeal, regardless of whether
you face misdemeanor charges, felony accusations, or a traffic violation.
No matter the size or scope of your problem, our attorneys focus on lessening
a criminal case's impact on you and your family.
Put yourself first—call a New Hampshire criminal defense lawyer at
(888) 801-9916. Your consultation is offered free of charge!
New Hampshire Criminal Law FAQ
Being arrested or charged with a crime is a frightening experience that
will undoubtedly come with many questions. Our New Hampshire criminal
defense lawyers have compiled some answers to some of the most frequently
asked questions to help you understand your situation.
What should I do if I'm arrested or charged with a crime?
If you are arrested, the most important thing you can do is to remain calm
and not make any statements to the police until you have spoken with an
attorney. The first thing you should do is contact a criminal defense
attorney. A lawyer can help guide you through the legal process, protect
your rights, and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.
A criminal defense attorney can also communicate with law enforcement
and prosecutors to tend to initial housekeeping matters, troubleshoot
bail issues and tend to questions regarding the benefits of potential
How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?
The cost of a criminal defense attorney can vary depending on a number
of factors, including the complexity of the case, the attorney's experience,
the location of the case, and the number and type of criminal charges
you face. It's important to discuss fees and payment options with your
attorney up front to ensure that you are comfortable with the arrangement.
What are my rights if I am stopped by the police?
You have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the
right to refuse a search of your person or property (in most cases). You
do not have to answer any questions without an attorney present, and anything
you say can be used against you in court. It's important to assert your
rights respectfully and clearly if you are stopped by the police, as this
can help protect you from self-incrimination and other legal issues.
How long will my criminal case take to resolve?
The length of time it takes to resolve a criminal case can vary widely
depending on many factors, such as the complexity of the case, the severity
of the charges, and the court's schedule. Some cases may be resolved relatively
quickly with a plea bargain or alternative sentencing, while others may
take many months or even years to go to trial. Your attorney will be able
to provide you with a more accurate estimate of how long your specific
case may take based on the specific circumstances of your case.
Will I have to appear in court, or can my attorney represent me?
In most cases, you will be required to appear in court at some point during
your criminal case. However, depending on the circumstances of your case
and the specific court procedures, your attorney may be able to represent
you at certain court hearings or even negotiate a plea deal on your behalf
without your physical presence in court. Your attorney will be able to
advise you on when you are required to appear in court and when they can
represent you instead.
What are my options for plea bargaining or alternative sentencing?
If you are facing criminal charges in New Hampshire, you may have several
options for plea bargaining or alternative sentencing, depending on the
specific circumstances of your case and the locality of where the alleged
events occurred. Some possible options may include pleading guilty to
a lesser offense, agreeing to participate in a diversion or treatment
program, or negotiating a sentence that includes probation, community
service, or house arrest instead of jail time. Your attorney can discuss
these options with you and help you decide which may be most appropriate
for your case. Ultimately, the decision of whether to accept a plea bargain
or pursue alternative sentencing will depend on a variety of factors,
including the seriousness of the alleged offense, the strength of the
prosecution's case, the potential consequences of a conviction, and your
own personal circumstances and goals.
Can I represent myself in a criminal case?
Technically, yes, you have the right to represent yourself in a criminal
case in New Hampshire. However, it is not recommended, as criminal cases
can be very complex and the consequences of a conviction can be severe.
A criminal defense attorney has the experience and knowledge to navigate
the legal system, spot constitutional violations and legal defects, build
a strong defense, identify the need for expert and investigative assistance,
and negotiate on your behalf. They can also advise you on the potential
consequences of various legal strategies and help you make informed decisions
about your case. In general, we strongly recommend that you work with
an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing criminal charges
in New Hampshire.