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Richard E. Samdperil

Richard E. Samdperil

Partner and Attorney at Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • New Hampshire
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Richard Samdperil has been a New Hampshire trial and appellate lawyer for over 25 years. He estimates that he has tried more than 150 cases before judges or juries and won cases in almost every court in southern New Hampshire. He has also argued and/or briefed more than 60 cases at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Lawyers at Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC regularly appear in all courts in Rockingham and Strafford counties and maintain a state-wide criminal practice. For a detailed biography, please visit our website:

Northeastern University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Lake Forest College
B.A. | Political Science (ISM)
Honors: 1990 Commencement Speaker; 1990 Honors Graduate; 1987 Jacob Wardwell Edwards Prize for Outstanding Leadership
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Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
- Current
Courses taught include: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Fundamentals of Law Practice.
Partner and Attorney
Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC
- Current
Acting Executive Director
New Hampshire Judicial Council
Executive branch agency responsible for the delivery of legal services in indigent defense cases.
Adjunct Faculty Member
Saint Anselm College
Instructor in Criminal Law
Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney, Asst. Appellate Defender
New Hampshire Public Defender
Articles & Publications
A Practical Guide to Evidence in New Hampshire (Contributing Author)
MCLE New England
NHPD Practice Guide (Past Contributor)
New Hampshire Public Defender
Speaking Engagements
Practical Skills - Ethics & Professionalism, NHBA Practical Skills for New Admittees, Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Practical skills ethics and professionalism workshop for newly admitted attorneys.
Trial Advocacy Skills for Defense Attorneys in North Macedonia, Skopje, North Macedonia
National Center for State Courts
Expert consultant assisting with legal curriculum development and trial skills training.
Practical Evidence in Superior Court, Continuing Legal Education - Evidence, Concord, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing
[Private Program]
Successfully completed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved course in Standard Field Sobriety Testing, the same course used to train police officers in administering roadside sobriety tests, such as the HGN Test (commonly referred to as the "pen test"), Walk-and-Turn Test, and One-Leg-Stand Test.
National Criminal Defense College
Professional Associations
Rockingham County Bar Association
member (past president)
- Current
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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New Hampshire Bar Association
- Current
Activities: past member of NHBA's Professionalism Committee
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Hampshire
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1st Circuit
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Free initial telephone consultation; $100 office consultation, to be applied toward fees if retained.
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Appeals & Appellate
Personal Injury
Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Juvenile Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. What is the punishment for criminal mischief in New Hampshire?
A: Under New Hampshire law, Criminal mischief is a class A misdemeanor if the actor purposely causes or attempts to cause pecuniary loss in excess of $100 and not more than $1,500.

Criminal Mischief can also be a felony offense in any of the following situations: the person charged purposely causes or attempts to cause: (a) a loss in excess of $1,500; or (b) a substantial interruption or impairment of public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas, or power, or other public service; or (c) discharge of a firearm at an occupied structure; or (d) damage to private or public property, real or personal, when the actor knows that the property has historical, cultural, or sentimental value that cannot be restored by repair or replacement.

If you have been charged with this crime, you should talk to a lawyer to determine what punishment applies in your specific case.
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Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC (Main Office)
100 High Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Telephone: (603) 775-7570
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Office hours are typically 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment. Calls are answered 24/7, and messages typically receive a response within 24 hours.
Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC (Conference Office)
155 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Telephone: (603) 436-4901
Notice: Meetings at this location are by appointment only.