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How to tell if a teenager is using heroin

There is a drug epidemic in America. In fact, in a report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2012, it was found that nearly 669,000 Americans used heroin within the last year. That is an unacceptably high number, and it does not seem as though it is going down anytime soon. 

Unfortunately, many people start using heroin when they are in their teens. A number of people in their late teens and early 20s start using heroin, and if something is not done immediately, then their lives are being put in danger. Parents who are concerned their high schoolers or college students are using should be aware of the following indicators. 

How drug courts work in New Hampshire

Even relatively minor drug charges can have a damaging effect on a person's life, as our society takes drug-related transgressions very seriously. However, the justice system in New Hampshire and other states is coming to an increasing realization that, when drugs are involved, there is often another side to the problem.

Many people who commit drug-related crimes suffer from addiction. Clearly, throwing them in jail just like any other criminal will punish them for a particular crime but will not cure its root cause, which is the addiction. Thus, they emerge from prison with the same or even a higher likelihood of committing further offenses. Drug courts today offer an alternative to traditional legal penalties for some types of drug offenders.

Potential changes to New Hampshire medical marijuana laws

At this point, it would be difficult not to notice that marijuana law reform has been sweeping the nation over recent years. According to the most recent data, over half of the states in the nation and the District of Columbia now allow the legal use of marijuana is some form. In many of these states, marijuana can be used for medical purposes alone.

As medical cannabis has been used in the treatment of certain ailments, more and more uses for the drug have come to light. The state of New Hampshire is now currently debating the passage of a bill that would further increase the list of conditions that would allow patients to use medical marijuana.

New Hampshire Marijuana Laws

Laws surrounding illegal possession, sale and manufacture of marijuana are regulated by both federal and New Hampshire law. In New Hampshire, New Hamp. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 318-B:26 references the applicable state law and respective penalties, each of which are discussed below.

Appeal Filed for New Trial in Brentwood, NH

WMUR 9. Lawyers for Ronald Dow appeal to state Supreme Court.Defense attorneys said Dow deserves a new trial, in part, because of the testimony of the boy's mother, Jessica Linscott. In the appeal to the state Supreme Court, the defense contended that part of her testimony shouldn't have been allowed. "The trial court allowed her to testify about abuse that she suffered herself at the hands of Mr. Dow," defense attorney Chuck Keefe said. "First and foremost, we think that decision was in error." Watch the full news coverage here

New Hampshire Criminal Laws and Penalties

It is imperative for someone facing possible criminal charges in New Hampshire to know as much as possible about the criminal statute itself and any of the crime's associated penalties. Questions related to what the sentence is and whether there are any legal defenses to the charge are important to know.

Drunk Driving Defenses in New Hampshire

Accidents caused by drunk driving threaten the lives and safety of other motorists. As such, law enforcement in New Hampshire is dutifully trained to look for any signs that a person may be under the influence of alcohol. There are a number of circumstances though where NH law enforcement may not follow proper procedure, use un-calibrated equipment when taking a motorist's BAC, or consider other possible explanations for the allegedly impaired behavior.

Brush Up on New Hampshire's Alcohol-Related Laws this Holiday Season

During this time of year, many people celebrate the holidays at parties and gatherings with a number of alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, for a time of year marked with increased alcohol consumption, so too is the number of alcohol-related offenses that occur. To help you stay safe this holiday season, here is a brief rundown of some of New Hampshire's alcohol-related laws:

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