Rockingham County Lawyers
Rockingham County has been touted as one of the best places in the country for people to buy a home, start a family, and start their own businesses. But even with its picturesque downtown area and thriving infrastructure, legal issues can arise in Rockingham, whether it’s a devastating car accident, an argument that gets physical, or a family breaking up due to divorce. When any of these things happen, you need the right attorneys fighting for you and your rights. You need DiBella Law Offices, P.C.
As a full-service legal firm, we’re very successful with helping New Hampshire clients with personal injury claims. Personal injury claims rely on the legal concept of negligence. Negligence occurs when one individual has acted recklessly or carelessly and those actions injure another person. There are many areas of personal injury law, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
There are also times when criminal acts cause personal injury. For instance, someone who has been assaulted may wish to press criminal charges against the perpetrator. If found guilty, the accused will likely be sentenced to community service, fines, or jail time. The victim may also wish to file a civil lawsuit against the accused. In these cases, a Rockingham County personal injury attorney will represent the injured party and a defense attorney will represent the accused. The case will either be settled or tried in civil court. If a majority of the jurors (9/12) decide the accused is responsible, he or she will be required to pay compensation directly to the victim.
In addition to representing individuals who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we also represent those whose rights and freedoms are at stake. There are times when people are charged or arrested for a crime they did not commit, or a law that was broken unknowingly. Other times, the police conduct investigations improperly, and you pay the price. There are defenses to these crimes, and a knowledgeable Rockingham County criminal defense attorney can use them to help you regain your freedom. Some of the criminal charges that we defend individuals from are:
- Drunk driving, including OUI, DUI, and DWI
- Drug crimes, including possession and distribution
- Theft crimes, including shoplifting and fraud
- Assaults and violent crimes
- Domestic violence, including criminal charges and restraining orders
Essentially OUI, DUI, and DWI all mean the same thing: driving while under the influence of alcohol. OUI stands for "operating under the influence," DUI means "driving under the influence," and DWI means "driving while impaired." Your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest will determine which crime you are charged with.
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors in NH
Many times, people think that smaller crimes such as drug possession are automatically misdemeanors, while violent crimes, such as abuse or murder, are felonies. In some cases, this may be true, but not always. In New Hampshire, felonies are divided into Class A and Class B.
Incarceration for a Class B felony, which may include computer fraud, minor drug possession, a fourth DWI, or theft of property over $500 but less than $1,000, can last from three and a half years to a maximum of seven years.
Incarceration for a Class A felony, which may include murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, serious assault, sex crimes, and more, can last from seven and a half to a maximum of 15 years.
Either is very serious, so if you are arrested and it looks like you will be facing a felony charge, speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we handle many personal injury and criminal cases, but we also handle other types of claims as well. As a full-service legal firm, we help clients with divorce and child custody, wrongful death, medical malpractice, real estate transactions, and more. When it happens in Rockingham County, we know how to fight for our clients’ rights and get them the compensation they deserve.
If you want to file for divorce or separation, had an accident in Rockingham County that was caused by someone else’s negligence, or need a defense lawyer for a criminal charge, contact the attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (978) 327-5140. We are the New Hampshire attorneys who can help you with your case, and we want to review yours today.