A trial is when your case is scheduled to have the facts presented to and decided by either a judge or, in the case of a class "A" misdemeanor or felony level offense, a jury. The judge or jury determines what facts have been proven beyond a reasoanble doubt in a criminal case, by a probability in a civil case, and they are then instructed on what laws apply to your case. By applying the law to the facts a verdict is reached.
In New Hampshire, a jury sitting on a criminal case must reach a unanimous verdict in their vote for conviction or acquittal.
It is imperative that your lawyer is experienced in the trial process and is well known as an attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial. Absent the belief that you are willing, and capable, of trying the case to verdict you will not get a reasonable offer to resolve your case or an agreement to have it dismissed.
Andrew Cotrupi, Esquire, 428 Lafayette Rd., Suite 102, Hampton, NH 03842 Phone: (603) 926-5818 Fax: (603) 758- 6376