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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in New Hampshire

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in New Hampshire. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in New Hampshire, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in New Hampshire. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Leonard D Harden
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lancaster, NH
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Michael Stephen Bowser Jr
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Chelmsford, MA
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Timothy J. Goulden
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Nashua, NH
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Raymond Tamayo
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Manchester, NH
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Philip M Kalil
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Derry, NH
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Joanne M Stella
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Durham, NH
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Joseph Caulfield
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lyndeborough, NH
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Mark Osborne
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Nashua, NH
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Andrew Winters
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Concord, NH
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Robert H. Prince
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Salem, NH
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New Hampshire Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
New Hampshire Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL) - The New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL) supports criminal defense lawyers practicing in New Hampshire and oversees pending legislation and a lobbying presence in Concord, New Hampshire. The NHACDL sponsors CLE courses and training programs for criminal defense lawyers. The NHACDL promotes the effective assistance of counsel in criminal cases and advocates for a fair criminal justice system.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

New Hampshire Government and Court Resources

New Hampshire General Court

New Hampshire General Court - The New Hampshire General Court, the state's legislative body, operates as a bicameral assembly, comprising the New Hampshire Senate and the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The Senate has 24 members serving staggered two-year terms, while the House consists of 400 members serving two-year terms as well. The General Court is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

New Hampshire Judicial Branch

New Hampshire Judicial Branch - The New Hampshire Judicial Branch has a historical legacy rooted in the state's colonial past and early American history. Established in 1784, its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. New Hampshire's judiciary, deeply influenced by its colonial heritage, is committed to fairness and accessibility.

New Hampshire Public Defender

New Hampshire Public Defender - The New Hampshire Public Defender was established in 1972 under New Hampshire Legal Assistance, becoming independent in 1985. It solely provides defense services to indigent citizens facing criminal charges. The Public Defender, now a nonprofit, operates in every county with attorneys, legal assistants, investigators, and IT specialists. The organization represents indigent individuals facing crimes carrying jail time, from misdemeanors to felonies, indigent juveniles, and appeal cases

New Hampshire Supreme Court

New Hampshire Supreme Court - The New Hampshire Supreme Court functions as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a wide array of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout New Hampshire. Additionally, the New Hampshire Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers across the state.

Office of the Attorney General of New Hampshire

Office of the Attorney General of New Hampshire - The Office of the Attorney General of New Hampshire, led by the Attorney General appointed by the Governor, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing New Hampshire in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing various legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

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