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A New Hampshire state representative is being accused of committing two counts of welfare fraud. Each count is a felony offense that can lead to years in jail if the lawmaker is convicted.

State Representative Accused of Welfare Fraud

State Representative John Manning, who has represented the town of Salem in the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2010, has been indicted on two counts of welfare fraud. While the 65-year-old Manning has not yet been arrested, he is scheduled to be arraigned for the accusations on April 13. welfarefraudnload-1

The accusations are serious. They claim that Mr. Manning made false statements that allowed him to collect welfare checks over the course of several years.

They claim that, in one instance, Mr. Manning claimed that his niece was living with him. This allowed Mr. Manning to receive $12,640.50 in welfare funds, including Food Stamps, between March 2013 and September 2014. In another instance, Mr. Manning is claimed to have collected $714 in welfare checks by failing to report to the Department of Health and Human Services that his son had gotten a job—an employment change that, if reported, would have lowered Mr. Manning’s welfare entitlement.

Criminal Charges are Not Criminal Convictions

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In New Hampshire, springtime is upon us and the last  Nor’easter seems to have passed. Now that we are into May, though, spring is finally here. While the warmer temperatures and longer days are the best parts of the season, yard work and home maintenance also need to be squeezed in as well. Putting these chores off can increase the chances that you get hit with something worse than a blizzard—premises liability.springpink-2254970_1920-300x193

The Strain of Winter Damages Your Property

In New Hampshire, winter is long and grueling. Snow sits for weeks on the ground, untouched, seeping into whatever it is sitting on and damaging it over long periods of time. If untreated before the snow starts falling, or uncared for once it begins, outside fixtures can depreciate, bend, weaken, and soften to the point where they can break without much notice.

If you are the one who gets hurt by these unknown dangers, it can lead to a debilitating injury. If it is someone else who gets hurt, though, it can very easily be you who is made to pay for the costs of their recovery.

Hazards on Your Property Can Lead to Premises Liability

Dangerous conditions on your property can cause someone else to slip or trip and fall and get hurt. Potholes, weak stairs, rotted floorboards, slippery walkways, and crumbling railings can all lead to someone getting seriously hurt if the danger is not apparent and they do not notice the hazard.

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Police and prosecutors in Manchester, New Hampshire are scrambling after an internal investigation led to the firing of a longtime Manchester detective. While the results of the internal investigation have not yet been released, whatever was found has put numerous drug cases that were being pursued by the detective into serious doubt.Manchester-PD-300x300

The criminal defense attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. are watching this ongoing situation closely.

Internal Investigation Leads to Firing of New Hampshire Detective

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The state of New Hampshire is finally eyeing a change to its bail system, which has long been stacked against poor people. The judicial system is taking a look at the 3DaysCount campaign, which aims at reducing the number of people being held in pretrial detention simply because they cannot afford the cost of posting bail. If adopted, the change could work wonders for the world of criminal defense.Bail-Project-300x225

The Problem of Bail

If you get arrested for a relatively serious crime, you’ll be held in jail as a guarantee that you will be there for your arraignment. At the arraignment, though, the judge will “set bail”: He or she will look at a handful of factors – including the seriousness of your crime and the perceived likelihood that you will try to disappear before trial – and decide how much money you will have to post in order to get out of jail until trial. If you then fail to show up at a court hearing, that bail money will be forfeited to court. If you make it through trial without an absence, it will be returned to you.

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Spring break has always been the time to unwind after a difficult semester with your friends. However, it is easy to let “unwinding” turn into “acting irresponsibly,” and even easier for “acting irresponsibly” to slide into “being dangerous.”

So, if you are going to try missing New Hampshire’s twelve winter storms in March by spending spring break in the south, keep these common dangers in mind as you enjoy your time off.Spring-Break-2018-300x172

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence (DUI) is not just a serious crime in the United States; other countries take it very seriously as well. In fact, the U.S. is often considered one of the more lenient countries in the world when it comes to drunk driving.

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sobriety-checkpointAA-696x441-300x190A recent push to ban the use of sobriety checkpoints in New Hampshire died in the Senate on Thursday after a majority of senators rallied behind the practice.

By a vote of 16-7, the chamber voted down House Bill 1283, which would prohibit the use of the checkpoints by police departments. These checkpoints have been used in New Hampshire since 2003 as a means to deter and catch impaired drivers. Police departments throughout the state use the technique to block off stretches of roads and detain drivers to determine their sobriety. Although many contest the constitutionality of such stops and question their effectiveness, police departments argue that sobriety checkpoints, which can detain hundreds of motorists in a night, act as a powerful tool to combat drunk driving.

Under present NH law, local law enforcement agencies must obtain a Superior Court order first, and must publish the times and general location in a newspaper.

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Tenn And Tenn, P.A. Attorney Named 2018 ‘Lawyer Of The Year’ For Family Law in NH by Best Lawyers in America

Tenn And Tenn, P.A. congratulates Mary Elizabeth Tenn for being named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in New Hampshire by Best Lawyers in America. Mary previously received the Lawyer of the Year honor for the State of New Hampshire in 2016 and has been recognized regularly in Best Lawyers in America© annual ratings.marye-240x300

The Firm’s partners, James J. Tenn, Jr. (Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Personal Injury – Plaintiffs) and John J. Tenn (Personal Injury – Plaintiffs) also have been recognized in their respective fields by Best Lawyers in America©.

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New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

There is a saying among bikers, “There are two types of riders; those who have crashed, and those who will.” As a motorcycle accident lawyer and longtime motorcycle rider, I understand the enjoyment — and the risks — that come with motorcycling. As is the case with all other auto accidents, it only takes a single moment for a lifetime of johntennmoto-300x138consequences to follow. For more than 25 years I have represented motorcyclists and have aggressively pursued justice on their behalf to obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. The road to recovering from a motorcycle crash, both physically and financially is challenging. Let me help you get back on the open road again – John Tenn

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A car accident in Epsom, New Hampshire proved to be a deadly one with one of the drivers perishing from the injuries. Three others were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident highlights how the legal doctrine of negligence per se can work in a car crash case.police-line-300x225 Continue reading →

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Many Americans, especially those with children, go through a yearly cycle of events. There is summer vacation, where families take trips together and enjoy the warm weather, followed by fall and the return to normalcy. And there is the collection of holidays at the end of the calendar year, followed by the return to work and the tiring days of winter in New Hampshire.divorcec-300x225

One way that these yearly cycles impact our lives is by influencing when married couples decide to divorce: According to the data, the month of March sees the most divorces.

Data Shows March is the Month of Divorce

In a paper published back in 2016, two researchers from the University of Washington – Julie Brines and Brian Serafini – went through divorce records from 37 of Washington’s 39 counties, and covered 2001 through 2015. While the researchers were originally looking for the impact of the Great Recession on the rate of divorces, they stumbled on a monthly trend in the number of divorces that was “very robust from year to year, and very robust across counties” that they covered.

While March proved to be the most common time to file for divorce, August came in a close second place. The months of October through January, on the other hand, saw a steep decline in the number of divorce filings in Washington, which was chosen for the study because divorce records were easier to obtain and search than in other states.

Post-Holiday Tensions Likely Behind March Spike

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