New Hampshire Court Process
Arrest: An arrest can be made by a police department at the scene of an incident or after the fact when an arrest warrant is issued. This person is the “Defendant” in the pending matter.
Depending on the type of charge and the Defendant’s criminal background, the Defendant can either be released on bail (personal recognizance or cash/bond) after the arrest. This is determined by a bail commissioner. The Defendant can also be held pending arraignment in the local district court.