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Experienced DWI and Criminal Lawyers

With offices in Exeter and Portsmouth, we are some of Seacoast New Hampshire’s most experienced DWI and criminal lawyers.

Over the past three decades, Joe Welsh and Richard Samdperil have been defending clients in New Hampshire courts, including the Portsmouth Circuit Court (formerly known as the 10th Circuit Court – District Division – Portsmouth).

Few lawyers on New Hampshire’ seacoast have as much criminal trial experience as we do, or have handled the complex, high profile cases that we have. Moreover, we offer our clients not only experience, but knowledgeable, professional and dignified representation in all DWI and criminal, juvenile, restraining order, and personal injury matters.

Rockingham County Superior Court

A person may be charged with a felony in a local circuit or district court. However, those courts have limited jurisdiction in felony cases, and may only set bail or hold a probable cause hearing.

New Hampshire Circuit and District courts cannot hold trials or accept pleas in felony matters. Felony arrests in Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, or Newington will be filed and scheduled for arraignment in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood. If a grand jury reviews the case and determines that it should be prosecuted, the grand jury will issue an indictment, and the case will then be scheduled for arraignment and trial in the superior court.

Our lawyers regularly appear in the Superior Court.  They have extensive trial and courtroom experience in all felony matters, including homicides, sexual assaults, robbery and theft charges, DUI, habitual offender and other driving offenses, and drug possession and sales.

Local Lawyers, Experienced in Representing People in the Portsmouth Court

If you need a criminal lawyer or are charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DWI offense in or around Portsmouth, New Hampshire, give us a call. We also handle other court court matters, including juvenile delinquency petitions, protective and restraining orders, and stalking petitions.

Call 603-775-7570 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys.