Harden Law Offices

104 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 603.788.2080
15 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561 603.444.2084
199 Heater Road, Lebanon, NH 03766 603.448.3737

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dog Search

An important 4th amendment case was decided 04/21/15. It says that a 7-8 minute detention to get a dog to search is a violation and suppressed the illegally seized evidence.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Why video taping laws are important!

The police have a hard job and most try their best to be fair and honest.  It is the minority of police that are deceitful, dishonest and manipulative and those are the ones that society needs protection from.  There is no reason in this day and age to not have recordings of any police stop.  The cost of video recording equipment is minor and the ability to record events in real time is enormous.  At least one state, South Carolina, has a mandatory video recording law that applies on all stops.
The interesting thing is that it was a passerby who videoed the officer who shot and is charged with murdering a black man in  North Charleston, SC. 


If gas stations, big box stores, convenience stores and banks all are video recording us and their employees, it is time that the police and their interactions with citizens should be required to be recorded.  It is good for society to have real time evidence that can help exonerate the innocent and prove cases against the guilty.  Video recording will also prevent rogue officers from corrupting our justice system. It makes sense that we as citizens need to demand video recording of all police interactions and interrogations.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Excessive Drinking by County in New Hampshire

The north country is well represented in this new data.  Grafton, Coos and Carroll are 2, 3 and 4 respectively. 
If you are charged with a  DWI in Grafton, Coos or Carroll county contact Len Harden.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Plea Bargaining and the Innocent

This link takes you to a story about why people may plead guilty even though they are innocent. 
There are many reasons why a person may plead guilty. The innocence project has been showing that people have been pleading guilty who were in fact innocent and proven so by DNA. Convictions of innocent citizens frequently results from false identification and/or lab corruption.  This is an article written by a judge that details the dangers of innocent people who plead guilty.

As a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to protect citizen's rights. Among the defense lawyer's highest callings is to ensure the protection of the presumption of innocence, fighting for justice and not allowing the state to steam roll over rights. 


If you are facing a criminal charge in the Great North Woods, White Mountains or Upper Valley contact me to discuss and defend your case.