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Leonard D. Harden

Leonard D. Harden

Aggressive, Experienced and Trusted DWI and Criminal Defense Harden Law Leonard
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  • New Hampshire
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Leonard D. Harden is an experienced trial lawyer practicing in Northern New Hampshire with offices in Lancaster, Littleton and Lebanon. He focuses on criminal cases including all level of offenses: felony, misdemeanors, DWI, assaults, drug defense and violent crimes. His in-depth knowledge and zealous handling of each case set him apart and make him successful. Attorney Harden is available 24 hours a day for emergency consultations with appointments at your convenience, (603) 788-2080.

University of New Hampshire School of Law
J.D. (1993)
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Queen's University Kingston Ontario
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Professional Experience
Sole Practitioner
Harden Law
- Current
Founded law office handling exclusively DWI and criminal defense
Managing Attorney
Twomey & Sisti
Manage Lancaster Office and handle all felony and misdemeanor charges.
Associate Attorney
Law Office of Thomas A. Rappa, Jr.
Speaking Engagements
Breath Testing, Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in NH, Manchester, NH
Understanding GC Blood Testing, Forensic Science, Manchester, NH
Practical Training in Field Sobriety Testing, Forensic Science, Manchester, NH
Breath Testing, Advanced DWI, Manchester, NH
Cross Examing Officer, Advanced DWI, Manchester, NH
GC-MS for Laywers, Advanced DWI, Manchester, NH
Presented GC-MS training for defense lawyers
Preparing a Blood Test Case for Court, Advanced DWI, Manchester, NH
Presenter and Chairperson for Advanced DWI bi-annual seminar.
Field Sobriety Testing
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Instructor Field Sobriety Testing
Breath Test Operator
Industrial Training & Design
Intoxilyzer 8000
MD Marketing
Intoxilyzer 9000 Evidential Breath Alcohol Course
Industrial Training & Design Ltd.
Organized and brought internationally known expert to NH to train lawyers on the Intoxilyzer 9000
2013 FST NHTSA Certificate
Corroto Enterprizes, LLC
Completed 24 hour NHSTA student course 2015 manual.
Professional Associations
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
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NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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National College of DUI Defense
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NH Bar Association
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Coos County Bar Association
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Grafton County Bar Association
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NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board of Directors
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Hampshire
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Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
White Collar Crime
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Legal Answers
Q. Does a DUI case have the right to a speedy trial?
A: All cases are entitled to a speedy trial but the reality is to win based on a denial there is a difficult almost impossible test.

The Superior Court speedy trial policy is set forth in the Superior Court Rules. The policy incorporates the four-part speedy trial analysis of Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972): (1) the length of the delay; (2) the reason for the delay; (3) the defendant’s assertion of his right to a speedy trial; and, (4) the prejudice to the defendant caused by the delay. State v. Brooks, 162 N.H. 570 (2011).

The superior court policy provides that the State has six months to bring an unincarcerated misdemeanor defendant to trial from the time the charges are filed, nine months for an unincarcerated felony defendant, and four months for an incarcerated defendant.

The starting point in the speedy trial analysis is when the defendant is arrested or charged. Humphrey v. Cunningham, 133 N.H. 727, 734 (1990).
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Q. Could you help me interpret this NH statute about tolling statutes of limitations?
A: The starting point for determining whether the statute of limitations bars prosecution is RSA 625:8. The general rule is that the State has six years to prosecute a felony, one year to prosecute a misdemeanor, and three months to prosecute a violation, RSA 625:8, I (a)-(d), but the statute contains numerous exceptions. Murder, for instance, may be prosecuted at any time. Sex offenses where the victim was under eighteen at the time of the alleged offense may be prosecuted until the alleged victim turns 40. RSA 625:8, III (d). Note that if the victim was over eighteen at the time of the assault, the general six year limitation applies. Amendments eliminated the limit for crimes involving falsification in official matters related to murder, and expanded the limits for violation-level motor vehicle offenses resulting in death or serious bodily injury (six months) and for human trafficking (20 years/victim turns 38). RSA 625:8, III (g-i).

The statute of limitations begins to run when all the elements of the offense have occurred. RSA 625:8, IV. If the crime is a “continuing offense,” the statute does not begin to run until the defendant’s complicity in the offense terminates. State v. Amerigas Propane, 146 N.H. 267, 269 (2001). This provision may be applicable in pattern sexual assault prosecutions. State v. Fortier, 146 N.H. 784, 790 (2001) (defining pattern of sexual assault as continuing offense).

The State generally satisfies the statute of limitations if it files a charge or issues a warrant between the time when the limitations period began, and the time when RSA 625:8 dictates it is supposed to end. RSA 625:8, V; see State v. Maxfield, 167 N.H. 677 (2015) (holding that the fact police obtained arrest warrant during limitations period tolled the statute, despite the fact that the State neither executed the warrant nor filed a complaint during the limitations period). The limitation period is tolled when the accused is continuously absent from the state, or is the subject of a related prosecution for which the State has satisfied the statute of limitations; i.e., those periods of time do not count against the State in calculating the applicable limitations period. RSA 625:8, VI. See also Nadler, 151 N.H. at 246-47 (holding that statute tolled regardless of defendant’s motive for leaving state, i.e., State need not prove defendant actively fled prosecution).
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Q. My son’s been stressed due to separation/divorce. He has guilt & remorse for rough handling of 6-mo son at 4 AM changing
A: The allegations are very serious. The potential exists for there to be felony charges depending on if there was in fact a serious bodily injury. It is vital that your son not talk to the police or DCYF without speaking to a defense lawyer. The facts may also reveal that it was not a criminal matter. Contact a good lawyer ASAP.
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Lebanon Office
199 Heater Road
Lebanon, NH 03766
Telephone: (603) 448-3737
Littleton Office
15 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561
Telephone: (603) 444-2084
Lancaster Office
104 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Telephone: (603) 788-2080
Fax: (603) 788-4010