Bar News - July 4, 2008
Department of Safety Prosecution Update
By: Robert B. Gainor
The Department of Safety Prosecution Unit provides prosecution assistance to the State Police, State Fire Marshal, Marine Patrol and State Hospital Campus Police. The Prosecution Unit’s mission is to provide highly competent and professional prosecution services for Department of Safety law enforcement.
Generally, Department of Safety law enforcement prosecutes their own violations – with the exception of cases at the Manchester District Court, where the Prosecution Unit is mandated to handle all level of complaints.
For misdemeanor cases, the Prosecution Unit provides primary and secondary court coverage throughout the state.
If you represent a defendant on a misdemeanor case filed in a primary court (or a violation out of Manchester) please address your criminal court pleadings and correspondence to the appropriate attorney, and not to the arresting law enforcement officer. The officers will continue to handle the ALS hearings.
The following are the primary courts along with contract information:
· Portsmouth; Exeter; and Auburn District Courts: Attorney Diane Dubay, Prosecution Unit, 315 Calef Highway, Route 125, Epping, NH 03042 (603) 679-3399
· Dover; Hampton; and the Rochester District Courts: Attorney Jean Reed, Prosecution Unit, 315 Calef Highway, Route 125, Epping, NH (603) 679-3399.
· Manchester, Hookset and Franklin District Courts: Amy Klingler, Prosecution Unit, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03305. (603) 271-8421.
· Salem, Derry and Nashua District Courts: Attorney Roni Andrew, Prosecution Unit, 4 Meadowbrook Road, Milford, NH 03055 NH (603) 672-3333.
· Concord, Merrimack District Courts: Attorney Patricia O’Brien, Prosecution Unit, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03305. (603) 271-8421.
In secondary courts, law enforcement officers are primarily responsible for prosecuting their own cases. For cases filed in these courts, counsel should contact the arresting officer. However, the Prosecution Unit may file an appearance and represent the State on occasion. In these cases, contact the prosecutor of record, which is typically Attorney Robert Gainor.
For additional information, please visit our website.
Robert B. Gainor is Chief Prosecutor for the NH Department of Safety. He has been a member of the NH Bar since 1990.