FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
is the function of your office?
The Rockingham County Attorney's Office prosecutes felony
and misdemeanor appeal cases that occur within towns in
Rockingham County. The exception is murder cases, which are
The NH Attorney General's Office
Can I speak to an attorney
cannot answer general legal questions. The attorneys
can only speak with witnesses, law
enforcement, and defense attorneys regarding their cases. There are Pro-bono
and reduced fee attorneys through
Hampshire Legal Assistance
Where are you located?
are in the Rockingham County Superior Court, located at #10
Route 125, Brentwood, NH.
office is on the right-hand side of the ground level in the
building. You will see a bank-teller window where the
receptionist is located. Check in with the
receptionist for all scheduled appointments, meetings, or
I am a victim in a case,
how long does it take for the case goes to trial?
justice process takes time. When a case is received
from law enforcement, it is assigned to a prosecutor who
checks over all the information. When the case is complete,
the facts are presented to a Grand Jury. The Grand
Jury decides if there is enough evidence to hand down a True
Bill, (an indictment). The defendant then receives a
court date to be arraigned (maintains their innocence or
pleads guilty) in the Superior Court. The case is then
scheduled for a pre-trial, and then trial. Trials often
continued by the court.
I have been subpoenaed
on a case, how do I find out what this is about?
Your subpoena will have the case name at the end of the
first sentence, for example; STATE VS. JOHN DOE.
That is the name of the case. When you call our
office, you will give that case name, and then be directed
to a person that can answer your questions regarding
appearing for trial. A subpoena is a legal document
that requires you to appear.
The decision of a judge or jury that the defendant
is not guilty of the crimes alleged.
CHANGE OF PLEA
A change in the defendant's plea from not guilty to
Postponements or scheduling of further dates.
Failure by a defendant to appear in court when
The attorney representing the defendant.
A crime punishable by incarceration in state prison.
A formal written accusation of a crime made by the
Grand Jury and returned in Superior Court.
A crime punishable by incarceration in the House of
A formal request by the defense attorney or
Assistant District Attorney that the judge rule on a
particular question or issue.
A claim by a defense attorney or Assistant County
Attorney that a question posed to the witness is
legally improper. Objections are ruled on by the
Release upon a personal promise to return to court
as required; no money or bail bond is required.
Money paid by the defendant to compensate the victim
for actual out-of-pocket losses.
To set witnesses apart so one does not hear another
testify or discuss testimony with other witnesses.
A court order to appear in court.
Statements made in court under oath.
The decision of the judge or jury at the end of a
A court order to arrest a person or seize an object.