Merry Christmas from Salem, NH DWI Lawyer Mark Stevens 603.893.0074

The holiday season is here, and that brings with it increased police patrols all over the New Hampshire. Your chances of being stopped by the police are greater than ever due to increasing numbers of DWI roadblocks and “DWI saturation patrols”, which involve putting extra patrol cars on the road and making traffic stops for the most minor traffic infractions or equipment violations.

In fact, the New Hampshire State Police were actually given a grant to use by the end of the year that will allow them to super saturate the roadways over the holidays. Be advised you could find yourself in a variety of situations and it is best to know what to do before anything should occur!

More and more stops are made for having a plate light out, or an expired registration sticker. This is not because the police have taken a sudden interest in the robustness of your plate light; they need an excuse to stop you and look for drug or alcohol impairment. By taking a few simple precautionary steps you can reduce the risk of an unwanted encounter with the police this holiday season.

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Your chances of having an unwanted encounter with the police this month are high enough already. If you drive through a roadblock or even drive by a cruiser with an expired inspection sticker or a light out, it is like having a banner on your vehicle that says, “Stop Me”. A little precaution can avoid a lot of trouble.

 

    •Make sure that you are vigilant about keeping your license, registration and inspection stickers up to date. You should check all these today. You should also make sure that all the lighting is working on your vehicles before you drive, especially at night.
    •Burned out plate lights and tail lights are a magnet for blue lights during the holiday season. It is best to turn your car on and have a friend observe your plate lights and brake lights to insure they are working.

 

PREPARATION FOR GETTING STOPPED BY THE POLICE

It is not a bad idea to prepare for your car getting stopped. Don’t put your license in a difficult spot to pull it out quickly when you need to. Want to be super prepared? Practice taking your license out of your wallet in the safety of your home, then consider getting a registration holder if you do not already have one. (If you want one- send me an email with your mailing address and I will send you a registration holder for every one of your vehicles free of charge!) Then practice producing your license and registration fairly often, until it becomes natural. It will make it easier to do if you ever have to produce them under a pressurized roadside situation.
The best way to avoid getting arrested for DWI or any other crime is not to commit it. But many people who get accused of crimes did not commit them. If you practice the above tips you can take some proactive steps to lower your chances of being stopped and hassled by the police.

 

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Attorney Mark Stevens
1-603-893-0074
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New Hampshire DWI laws. Have you been arrested for “driving while intoxicated” in New Hampshire? It is important to know what to do before you are under the pressure of an unwanted encounter with the police. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation about your case. My number is 1-603-893-0074 (24/7). I look forward to speaking with you.

 

5 Reasons to Fight Your DWI Case in New Hampshire

5 Reasons to Fight Your DWI Case in New Hampshire by Salem, NH Criminal Defense DUI Attorney Mark Stevens 603.893.0074 (24/7 or roadside)

 

You may feel as if your life is over after getting arrested for a DWI in New Hampshire. Attorney Mark Stevens has seen many people whom contact him for advice after they pleaded guilty to a DWI. Unfortunately for them, it is too late. The arrest and conviction will be on their record forever. These folks have trouble getting jobs, moving to new apartments, getting approved for loans. It’s sad to see. If only we would’ve been able to reach them BEFORE they were convicted; things may have been different.

 

It’s so important to fight your DWI charges. Your freedom, your driver’s license and your job could be at risk if you plead guilty. These are just a few of the reasons why fighting the charges may be the best decision you can make after a New Hampshire DWI arrest:

• The prosecution may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. A New Hampshire DWI defense attorney will look at the ins-and-outs of your case and may notice that there are defenses. Maybe the police officer didn’t operate the breath test machine properly. Perhaps the breath machine wasn’t calibrated correctly and misread your BAC level. An experienced DWI attorney can find these issues and argue them for you.

• The consequences of a DWI can put a huge roadblock in your life. Think about what it is like to not have a driver’s license. There are so many things you can’t do without one, beyond just driving. Now, think about what it is like to go to jail. It’s a scary thought, right? However, jail is definitely a possibility if you plead guilty to certain types of New Hampshire DWI charges, like aggravated DWI or DWI subsequent charges. What would happen if you lost your job? What would happen if you can’t get a job 10 years from now because of this mistake? It’s not fair, but it’s exactly what happens to many of those who plead guilty.

• Fighting your case can actually be cheaper than pleading guilty. The average costs for a DWI conviction can be higher than the legal fees for a DWI. If you plead guilty, you will likely have court costs and fines. In addition, you may have to get transportation to and from work for an extended period of time after your license is suspended, your insurance premium will go sky-high, you could lose your job. It is worth it? Probably not. The best thing to do may be to hire a lawyer and fight the case.

• A skilled New Hampshire DWI attorney has the knowledge you need to fight your case. We have all seen TV courtroom dramas, but don’t think you can fight your New Hampshire DWI on that knowledge alone. There is a New Hampshire DWI lawyer waiting for your call to help someone like you fight their DWI: an attorney who defends people after their DWI arrests.

• There is still hope. You shouldn’t give up without a fight. If you fight your charges you will have a chance to save your license and your freedom. If you plead guilty, you will lose any opportunity to have your DWI charges dropped. If you fight, you have a chance of coming out of this situation unscathed. Why not try? You have a Constitutional right to a trial –take that right and fight!

 

Call the Law Offices of Mark Stevens today at 1-603-893-0074 to arrange a free initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you about your case!  Please contact Attorney Mark Stevens at 1-603-893-0074 TODAY or visit NHCrime.com  if you have been charged with DWI or aggravated DWI. Schedule your free consultation right now!

Attorney Mark Stevens
Law Offices of Mark Stevens, 5 Manor Pkwy. Salem, NH 03079

603-893-0074 (24/7)

 

 

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Black Friday Shoplifting: Post-Arrest Tips from Attorney Mark Stevens Salem, NH DWI & Criminal Defense Lawyer 603.893.0261 (24/7)

Black Friday Shoplifting: Post-Arrest Tips:

When Loss Prevention or The Police Want to Hassle You

Black Friday. Some stores are open earlier and close later. It is the biggest shopping day of the year here in New Hampshire. And with power shopping comes some shoplifting, “willful concealment” and other theft charges. Some of these are misunderstandings, some are caused by the stress of the holidays and some of course are actual thefts. This weekend usually results in a lot of arrests for shoplifting, “willful concealment” and other theft charges all across New Hampshire, but the number of shoplifting arrests in Rockingham County, Hillsborough County and Strafford County are particularly high on Black Friday due to some major shopping areas in those counties.

So what happens in that “worst-case” scenario, when a loss prevention person taps you on the shoulder and asks you to come to their back room gulag for questioning? Be careful what you do next. Here are some ideas:

WHEN LOSS PREVENTION WANTS TO HASSLE YOU:

1. Don’t volunteer any statements, especially if they would admit guilt. Ask to speak with your lawyer immediately. You do not have to answer these peoples’ questions. They will threaten to call the cops. The cops are coming no matter what you say, so just be quiet and wait for them.
2. Don’t sign any confessions. The loss prevention people are not there to help you. They will sometimes hand you a confession to sign. Don’t let them bully you into signing anything. Signing a confession is bad.
3. Don’t agree to have your picture taken by the loss prevention people. They can’t make you have your picture taken; they are store employees not cops. They will try to get you to make all sorts of admissions. You do not even need to give loss prevention, store security or mall security your identification.
4. Don’t answer the loss prevention questions about other thefts they may try to implicate you in, such as “we know you stole x, y and z…”. If they could prove this they wouldnt need to ask you about it. 5. The cops are coming. Just wait for then to arrive, and peacefully accompany them to booking. Note that the real cops CAN take your pictures, but you still dont have to answer their questions.

WHEN THE REAL COPS ARRIVE:

1. Peacefully go along with the arresting cop.
2. Ask to speak to you lawyer immediately.
3. Remain silent about the alleged offense.
4. Do not sign any confessions.
5. Do not agree to “interviews” with the police about theft charges.

PREPARE:
1. Program my cell phone number 1-603-785-6458 into your phone right now!
2. If there is any possibility of a weekend arrest have cash for bail on hand.
3. Think about who you would call for a ride if needed from the police station.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday and Happy Black Friday!

Remember, call me right away after you get released: 1-603-785-6458.

 

 

Busted for Shoplifting in New Hampshire? Call Mark Stevens 603-893-0074 (24/7)

New Hampshire Shoplifting Laws. It is “Black Friday” starting at midnight tonight. Stores are open earlier and longer in New Hampshire. This weekend also usually results in a lot of arrests for shoplifting, “willful concealment” and other theft charges all across New Hampshire, but the number of shoplifting arrests in Rockingham County, Hillsborough County and Strafford County are particularly high on Black Friday. New Hampshire shoplifting laws are tough. If you get accused of any type of theft or shoplifting offense call me today for a free consultation or click here to schedule your consultation online. My number is 1-603-893-0074.

Each year Black Friday gets bigger than the year before with stores trying to outdo one another, offering the biggest and the best, cheaper than their competitors.  No matter how popular Black Friday increasingly becomes or how much Cyber Monday tries to steal its’ spotlight offering those less inclined to pepper spray their way to the biggest TV an online version the following Monday.  Does it really matter who stampedes their way to the front of the line for the biggest, best, cheapest?  Not if you’ve just been arrested for shoplifting or accused of “willful concealment” in New Hampshire.

It is important that if you get accused of shoplifting and you are brought into a loss prevention or store security office that you do not say anything or sign anything. Don’t let them bully you into signing anything. They will try to get you to make all sorts of admissions. You do not even need to give loss prevention, store security or mall security your identification.

The store security or loss prevention people will call the cops if they suspect you of shoplifting. When the cops come to arrest you be polite and don’t resist, but don’t admit anything either. Do not let the store security people take your picture: they’re not cops and they can’t make you do anything.

When the cops arrive make sure you are respectful and do not resist arrest. Be polite, go with the cops quietly. Make sure you have some bail money with you. Don’t make any statements! Remember, call me right away after you get released: 1-603-893-0074

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday. If you do get busted this weekend though call me right away at 1-603-893-0074. I look forward to speaking with you!

Please have a safe and pepper-spray free Black Friday this year! Happy Shopping!
The Law Office of Mark Stevens
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**REMEMBER**
Call me right away after you are released (24/7) 1.603.893.0074

Call today for a free initial consultation:

DWI & Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Stevens
Law Offices of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079
603-893-0074 (24/7)

Law of the Day: Theft Penalties by NH DWI Defense Lawyer Mark Stevens

Law of the Day:  NH Theft Penalties

If you have been arrested or accused of shoplifting, willful concealment, burglary, theft, theft by deception, theft of services, receiving stolen goods, or any other criminal charges the penalties, if convicted, in the state of New Hampshire are severe.

 

Having an experienced attorney on your side who fights these types of cases regularly is the right course of action. Salem, NH Criminal Defense and DWI Lawyer Mark Stevens is admitted in all Courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

 

Call Attorney Mark Stevens right now (24/7) 603-893-0074.  He will know what to do. The initial case consultation and evaluation are always free (1hr.) Call 24/7 @ 603.893.0074 or 603.893.0261.  We look forward to speaking with you.

 

Here’s a copy of the law in New Hampshire on Theft Penalties(637:11)→

CHAPTER 637
THEFT

Section 637:11 Penalties

    637:11 Penalties. –
  I. Theft constitutes a class A felony if:
(a) The value of the property or services exceeds $1,500, or
(b) The property stolen is a firearm, or
(c) The actor is armed with a deadly weapon at the time of the theft, except that if the deadly weapon is a firearm, he shall be sentenced in accordance with RSA 651:2, II-g.
II. Theft constitutes a class B felony if:
(a) The value of the property or services is more than $1,000 but not more than $1,500, or
(b) The actor has been twice before convicted of theft of property or services, as a felony or class A misdemeanor, or
(c) The theft constitutes a violation of RSA 637:5, II(a) or (b), or
(d) The property or services stolen are from 3 separate business establishments within a 72-hour period, or
(e) The property is stolen with intent to resell or distribute. It would be prima facie evidence that the offense constitutes theft with intent to resell or distribute when the theft consists of goods or merchandise in quantities that would not normally be purchased for personal use or consumption, or
(f) The property received in violation of RSA 637:7 consists of goods or merchandise in quantities that would not normally be purchased for personal use or consumption, or
(g) The actor has twice before been convicted of offenses under RSA 637:3-a, II and the present and prior convictions were based on offenses committed within a 36-month period.
III. Theft constitutes a misdemeanor if the value of the property or services does not exceed $1,000.

Source. 1971, 518:1. 1977, 187:2. 1979, 266:1. 1990, 95:6. 1992, 269:14, 22, II. 2001, 174:2, eff. Jan. 1, 2002. 2010, 239:3, eff. July 1, 2010.
 

 

If you have been arrested in the state of New Hampshire or Massachusetts  and are facing charges for Shoplifting, Theft, Burglary, Minor in Possession, Possession of Controlled Substance, Aggravated DWI, Disobeying an Officer, Unlawful Intoxication, Conduct after Accident, OUI, DWI, DUI, Boating While Intoxicated, or any other criminal related charges- Call the Law Office of Attorney Mark Stevens for a free consultation and case evaluation at 1-603-893-0074 or 1-603-893-0261 (24/7 or roadside!) today, we look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Mark Stevens, Attorney at Law; Criminal Defense & DWI Attorney  

Law Office of Mark Stevens, 5 Manor Pkwy. Salem, NH 03079

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Law of the Day: Facilitating a Drug or Underage Alcohol House Party

Prom Season is in the air and preparations under way. Many high-school students may be planning the best after parties of their lives, however, before all the after-prom plans are set be sure to take a look below ↓ at the law in New Hampshire on house parties and their potential penalties.  The underage drinking laws in New Hampshire hold some pretty severe penalties and can have harsh consequences.

CHAPTER 644 Breaches of the Peace and Related Offenses
RSA 644:18 (2008)

644:18 Facilitating a Drug or Underage Alcohol House Party.

I. A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if such person owns or has control of the occupied structure, dwelling, or curtilage, where a drug or underage alcohol house party is held and such person knowingly commits an overt act in furtherance of the occurrence of the drug or underage alcohol house party knowing persons under the age of 21 possess or intend to consume alcoholic beverages or use controlled drugs at such drug or underage alcohol house party.

II. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section if a person gives timely notice to a law enforcement official of the occurrence of the drug or underage alcohol house party or engages in other conduct designed to prevent the occurrence of such party, or takes action to terminate such party once underway.

III. In this section, “drug or underage alcohol house party” means a gathering of 5 or more people under the age of 21 at any occupied structure, dwelling, or curtilage, who are unrelated to the person who owns such occupied structure, dwelling, or curtilage or has control thereof, where at least one person under the age of 21 unlawfully possesses or consumes an alcoholic beverage or controlled drug. “Occupied structure” has the same meaning as in RSA 635:1 and “dwelling” and “curtilage” have the same meaning as in RSA 627:9.

IV. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the use of alcoholic beverages at legally protected religious observances or activities, or to those persons using a controlled drug under a physician’s care where the use of the drug is consistent with the directions of a physician.

 

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DWI Checkpoints: Labor Day Weekend by NH DWI Defense Lawyer Mark Stevens 603.893.0074 (24/7 & road-side)

This Labor Day holiday weekend traveling will be busy and could be potentially brutal for unexpected travelers. AAA estimates that about 29 million people are planning to hit the roads this Labor Day Weekend and heading somewhere… and so are the police along with increased patrols and plenty of random DUI Roadblocks and Sobriety Checkpoints. New Hampshire has some of the toughest and most aggressive laws in the country to fight an intoxicated driving charge in and the NH State Police are ready to enforce them this weekend!

 

Possible places a Sobriety Checkpoint could cross YOUR path:
  • Franklin, NH (“The Lakes Region”)
  • Walpole, NH (Cheshire County areas)
  • Lancaster, NH (‘North Country’)
  • Seabrook, NH or Portsmouth, NH (highly likely in Seabrook)
  • Plymouth County, Massachusetts (locations undisclosed but will take place on a “public way”)

Please drive safe no matter how far you travel this holiday weekend. Be alert, prepared, and most of all be ready if the cops pull you over or stop your vehicle in a sobriety checkpoint/dui roadblock.  Remember, when the cops want to talk to you, Be a Zero, Zip it!, then Lawyer up and Shut up! If you are facing a DUI-DWI charge in New Hampshire, it is imperative you talk to a DWI-DUI Defense Lawyer BEFORE you talk to the cops or consent to any field sobriety tests!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Weekend,

Salem, NH DWI Defense Lawyer Mark Stevens

Law Offices of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079

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Kate Delaney with Guest Mark Stevens on AMERICA TONIGHT

New Hampshire DWI Lawyer Mark Stevens joins Kate Delaney once again on her show AMERICA TONIGHT to throw around legal topics, happening cases, and some opinion here and there! Listen now, or live on Tuesdays at 9:00pm or visit America Tonight online for LIVE Stream schedules and more!

Listen Friday May 17th with Salem, NH Criminal Defense Lawyer and Leading Maine OUI Attorney John Webb on WSMN AM 1590

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