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Prieto Law Firm

Prieto Law Firm is a full service criminal defense firm, conveniently located in downtown Manchester, NH. The firm represents clients charged with felony, misdemeanor and motor vehicle offenses throughout the Manchester Area including Hillsborough County, Rockingham County, Merrimack County, Strafford County, and Cheshire County.

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Arson is knowingly starting a fire or causing an explosion which unlawfully damages the property of another.


Assault is an intentional attempt or threat to inflict injury upon a person, coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm, which creates a reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or offensive contact in another.


Burglary is typically defined as the unlawful entry into almost any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit any crime inside (not just theft/larceny). No physical breaking and entering is required; the offender may simply trespass through an open door.

Crimes Against Persons

Crimes against persons consist of a broad array of different types of offenses which usually involve bodily harm or a threat of bodily harm. Despite this similarity, the offenses have a number of key distinctions ranging from where they occur and who was victimized, to whether physical injury was involved.

Crimes Against Property

Property crimes include many common crimes relating to theft or destruction of someone else’s property. They can range from lower level offenses such as shoplifting or vandalism to high level felonies including armed robbery and arson.


When stopped by a police officer or state trooper, they must explain why they pulled the driver over. If assessment is being done for DWI (either roadside or back at the police station) they will offer sobriety tests.


“Harassment” refers to a broad number of behaviors that are subject to both criminal punishment and civil liability.

Hate Crimes

A Hate Crime is an offense motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice. More often than not, Hate Crimes usually involve violence.

Kidnapping / False Imprisonment

Under federal and state law, kidnapping is commonly defined as the taking of a person from one place to another against his or her will, or the confining of a person to a controlled space.

Marijuana Offenses

In New Hampshire, having even the smallest amount of marijuana is not permitted. Possession of any amount is a Class “A” misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Motor Vehicle Violations

Most traffic tickets are “violation” level offenses — meaning they are are less severe than misdemeanor or felony crimes. This includes violations such as speeding, running a red light or driving with an expired or suspended license.


Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force, or by use of fear. According to common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear.


Stalking is the act of engaging in a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to fear for their personal/family safety.


The term theft is used widely to refer to crimes involving the taking of a person’s property without their permission.

Traffic Tickets

More than ninety percent of the people in this country over the age of sixteen are licensed to drive, and there is more than one car registered for each one of them. These figures translate into trillions of miles driven each year with millions of traffic infractions, making traffic control an issue of immense proportions.


Vandalism is an offense that occurs when a person destroys or defaces someone else’s property without permission. Effects of vandalism may include broken windows, graffiti, damage to vehicles, and even damage or destruction of a person’s website.

Domestic Charges

We handle all types of domestic related charges, including violation of protective orders, restraining orders, allegations of assault, harassment or stalking.

Domestic Violence

New Hampshire defines Domestic Violence as the act of one or more of eight (8) acts by a family, household member, or current or former sexual or intimate partner, determined to constitute a credible present threat to the petitioner’s safety.

Juvenile Delinquencies

In the State of New Hampshire, a delinquent is an individual aged 18 or under who commits the adult equivalent of a felony or misdemeanor.

Landlord / Tenant / Eviction

Landlords are not allowed to willfully violate the right the tenant has to a quiet enjoyment of the property they are renting. On the tenant’s end, they are not allowed to willfully damage the property of the landlord or prevent necessary repairs that need to be done.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the following most commonly asked questions. To browse more of our most frequently asked questions, click here.

Regardless of what you plan on pleading, it is vital that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Just because you got caught, doesn't mean you're guilty! We can help you obtain a lighter sentence, or minimize / completely eliminate your criminal charges, if possible.
If you’re wondering whether you should contact an attorney, chances are good that you should have already done so. As soon as a criminal defense attorney is involved in your case, he or she can begin developing your case strategy. In fact, you should not talk to law enforcement officers — even if you think you’re only explaining away a simple misunderstanding — without a lawyer present. Be polite, but be firm that you will answer questions only with your attorney by your side.
Through the legal process, your attorney and the prosecutor’s office might negotiate a plea agreement. This is typically a good way to avoid trial, but will always contain some form of penalty. Based on your lawyer’s recommendations — depending the strength of the prosecutor’s case compared with the strength of your defense — you should consider a plea agreement.
Depending on the specifics of your case and your history, you can face serious, life-altering consequences upon criminal conviction. Penalties can include fines, restitution, loss of professional license, loss of driving privileges, community service, probation or jail time. Your lawyer can explain the consequences you might face in your case.
In short, felonies are more serious and carry stricter penalties. The distinction is largely based on the severity of the charge and your criminal record. No matter the severity of your charge, you should have an experienced New Hampshire defense attorney by your side.

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