Bill Would Eliminate Sobriety Checkpoints

Sobriety checkpoints used to catch drunk drivers, organized by NH police departments would be eliminated by NH House Bill 1452.  A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 11 am., as reported by Matthew Spolar of the Concord Monitor.

“My concern is we’re giving up our right to travel freely,” said Republican Rep. George Lambert of Litchfield, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It allows (the police) to do all kinds of investigations for which they did not have original probable cause.”

Lambert and Rep. Seth Cohn of Canterbury, also a freshman Republican, see the checkpoints as running counter to the Fourth Amendment’s barring of unreasonable search and seizures. Cohn said the checkpoints give law enforcement “carte blanche to stop people ostensibly for sobriety.”

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Whether you are arrested at a check point or you’re pulled over on the road, you should not face a DUI on your own.  A lawyer can make a difference!  Call the Lawyer Referral Service of the NH Bar Association for a referral to a competent attorney who specifically handles DUI cases.  603-229-0002 or request an online referral

Supreme Court Rules on GPS Tracking By Police

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant if they wish to use a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s vehicle.

National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg explained to Paul Brown:

“At issue here is the case of Antoine Jones, a Washington, D.C. night club owner. Police put a GPS tracking device on his car for 30 days. That helped authorities find a stash of money and drugs.”

“The Supreme Court decided today that placing a GPS device on a vehicle constitutes a search, so they need a warrant. The AP reports that Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the court’s main opinion.”

 
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If you believe your civil rights have been violated, call the NH Lawyer Referral Service at 603-229-0002 for a referral to an attorney who specifically handles constitutional law.  You may also request a referral online.

Is a Drug Dog’s Sniff a Warrantless Search?

The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a Florida case challenging the constitutionality of using a drug-sniffing dog in a warrantless search outside a home suspected of being a marijuana grow house.

As reported in the Huffington Post:

“The case, Florida v. Jardines, comes up from the state Supreme Court, which ruled that Franky the narcotics dog’s outside odor detection was “a substantial government intrusion into the sanctity of the home and constitutes a ‘search’ within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.” Florida’s high court pointed to a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, that found police use of a thermo-imaging device to detect tell-tale heat emanating from a suspected grow house violated the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches.”

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If you believe your constitutional rights have been violated, the Lawyer Referral Service of the NH Bar Association can refer you to competent attorneys who have experience handling constitutional law issues.  Call 603-229-0002 for a referral or submit the online request form.

24 DUI Arrests Over the New Year’s Holiday in NH

New Hampshire State Police said that troopers arrested 24 people for driving while intoxicated over the New Year’s holiday weekend, as reported by WMUR.  11 drivers were also arrested for driving after suspension and 45 other criminal arrests were made.

Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/30122394/detail.html#ixzz1iPRwiUb7

If you are arrested for DUI or any other criminal offense, call the NH Lawyer Referral Service for a referral to a competent attorney who handles DUI’s and other criminal matters at 603-229-0002, or request an online referral.   Losing your license or being convicted of a crime can have a devastating effect on your employment and other aspects of your life.  Having an attorney represent you can make a big difference.   Contact LRS today!

 

Do You Know Your Rights?

Should you refuse a request from a police officer to search your car?  How should you refuse a search request?  When do you have to show ID?  Is a police officer allowed to lie to you? 

For answers to these and other questions  in the form of short video reenactments and basic FAQs, visit http://flexyourrights.org/, a non-profit whose mission it is to educate the public on how the basic Bill of Rights protections apply during encounters with law enforcement.

NH Victim Bill of Rights

Every state has a set of legal rights for crime victims in its code of laws, often called a victims’ bill of rights.  To find out more about the NH Victim Bill of Rights, go to:  http://doj.nh.gov/criminal/victim-assistance/bill-of-rights.htm.

If you are the victim of a crime and need an attorney to assist you with obtaining compensation for your injuries or other damages, the NH Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a competent lawyer experienced with this type of law.  Call (603) 229-0002 or fill out the online request form.

Challenge to NH’s Sex Offender Law

An October 5, 2011 article by the Concord Monitor’s Karen Langley said that the NH Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring sex offenders to register. Here’s an excerpt:

People convicted of sexual offenses are required to register with the state police and periodically report in person to the local police. The state police maintain a public list of sex offenders with identifying information, such as the offender’s name, physical description, address and convictions. Sex offenders in the most severe category are required to register for life.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, the civil liberties group argued that the law violates a constitutional prohibition on retroactive laws. It also argues that lifelong registration interferes with the due process rights of sex offenders who have no opportunity to show they no longer pose a threat.

Read the full article at http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/284019/nhclu-files-suit-over-sex-offender-law?SESSac6ab76530388db74fbeae0af3a21acc=facebook

If you have been charged with a crime, call LRS now for a referral to a competent  attorney who will fight for your rights. 

LawLine: Free Legal Advice – 800-868-1212

Do you have a BRIEF LEGAL QUESTION? LawLine, the NH Bar Association’s free legal hotline is held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 – 8 pm.

Volunteer New Hampshire attorneys will take calls from the public and will give brief legal information and advice. This is a FREE public service. Call 1-800-868-1212.

Do you have more than a brief legal question and suspect you may need an attorney to represent you?  The NH Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a competent local  attorney who handles your type of legal matter.  Call (603) 229-0002 today or fill out the Lawyer Referral Service request form at:  https://www.newhampshirelawyerreferral.com/contact-us.