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Study raises questions about civil asset forfeiture

Law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire and around the country claim that civil asset forfeiture is a valuable tool in the war against crime. Asset forfeiture allows police to seize money, cars and other assets that they suspect are linked to criminal activity like drug trafficking, but a recent report from a nonprofit libertarian law firm suggests that the practice is used more often to raise revenue than to reduce crime.

The Institute of Justice studied data about asset forfeiture gathered by the Department of Justice over the last 10 years, and they discovered that each $1,000 raised by the practice only leads to about one more crime being solved for each 500 reported offenses. The figures suggest that police use the practice mainly to raise revenue, and data also reveals that forfeiture rates tend to increase sharply during times of economic upheaval.

Police: Maine drug arrests result in large fentanyl seizures

If you drive about 150 miles northeast of Kennebunk, you will arrive in Bangor. It is there and in Steuben (about 55 miles southeast of Bangor) that Maine Drug Enforcement agent reported seizing more than a pound of fentanyl.

Law enforcement officials said they arrested a 65-year-old Steuben man and charged him with aggravated trafficking of fentanyl. They said he was in possession of 228 grams of fentanyl, a powerful pain-killing opioid, at the time of his arrest.

Five weird DUI defenses that have actually worked

DUI charges are no laughing matter. The penalties can be life altering even for first-time offenders. However, just because you face a charge, does not mean you don’t have a defense. Anything from an improper stoppage to an officer’s failure to deliver your rights can get your charge dropped.

When it comes to DUIs, some defenses are a little bit more unique than others. Here are a few odd-ball defenses that have actually worked.

What is an aggravated DUI in New Hampshire?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is driving under the influence no matter what, right? While DUI is a serious offense in any circumstance, there is a more severe form of DUI known as aggravated DUI. An aggravated DUI occurs when the driver’s actions create a greater danger beyond drinking and driving.

These factors involve a heightened danger to yourself or other people. In New Hampshire, aggravating factors include:

Seeking a restricted driver’s license after DUI

You’ve climbed behind the wheel when you were unfit to drive, and the result is of a DUI/OUI conviction. Your life may seem in disarray and your livelihood may be hanging in the balance. Fortunately, you do have some options for getting certain driving privileges restored.

New Hampshire and Maine both have restricted driving license programs for people found guilty of DUI/OUI. These programs differ somewhat from state to state, but the offender has an opportunity to resume driving for work, medical care and attending college classes.

You could get a DUI on a snowmobile

As snow continues to fall in New England, many people may be taking advantage of the weather by participating in their favorite winter activities as much as possible. You may be one of many who might be making time to break out your snowmobile before spring arrives.

While you may be eager to go off-road, remember that your driving privileges are still worth protecting. Even through snowmobiles are considered off-road vehicles, the state's drunk driving laws still apply. Operating your snowmobile while intoxicated could land you a DUI charge, and causing accidental injuries or death as a result could bring about heavy penalties.

Autumn increases the chances for drowsy driving

The northeast is one of the best areas in the nation during the fall season. The amount of festivals that occur and trees that change leaf colors gets many residents excited for October and November every year.

However, the seasonal change also brings newer hazards to motorists. While summer often has a higher motor vehicle accident and fatality count, many individuals in New Hampshire do not prepare themselves for how the colder weather and falling leaves affect their driving. One of the biggest changes in autumn is how more likely it is to get in a drowsy driving accident. Drivers should be aware of how the decreasing sunlight is affecting their ability to stay awake on the road.

How is marital property divided in New Hampshire?

If you are contemplating or facing divorce, you may wonder how you and your spouse will split your property. In New Hampshire, marital property refers to everything and anything owned jointly by you and your spouse.

If you and your spouse can agree on how to split your marital property, the court will accept your decision. If you cannot come to an agreement, the court will make the decision on how to split your property.

What could being accused of reckless driving mean for you?

If you are like many individuals here in New Hampshire, you spend a good deal of time behind the wheel commuting to and from work and doing other travels. With so much time spent driving, there are many different on-the-road situations you could encounter. Some could have impacts on your future. One is if you are pulled over by police and accused of a traffic violation.

Not all traffic violations are treated the same under state law. Some are particularly serious in nature. One such violation is reckless driving. You could face significant possible consequences if accused of such conduct.

Staying safe when driving around big rigs

When you see a commercial or semi-truck on the freeway, your instinct probably tells you to stay clear. Not only are the giant tires intimidating compared to your vehicle, but you’ve also read countless news articles about the frequency of truck-involved accidents, and you’re determined not to make one of those headlines.

Luckily, there are some things that you can do to avoid this.

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