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Leonard D. Harden

Leonard D. Harden

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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.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • White Collar Crime
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Hampshire
  • English: Spoken, Written
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.
University of New Hampshire School of Law
J.D. (1993)
Queen's University Kingston Ontario
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
NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College of DUI Defense
NH Bar Association
Coos County Bar Association
Grafton County Bar Association
NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board of Directors
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
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6 Questions Answered

Q. my friend is 15 & her boyfriend is 19... will her boyfriend go to jail even though it was completely consensual?
A: It depends. RSA 632-A:3 says it is a crime to “Engage in sexual penetration with a person, other than his legal spouse, who is 13 years of age or older and under 16 years of age where the age difference between the actor and the other person is 4 years or more” Your friends dob and the girlfriends may be exempted. Also if not exempted police and state have discretion to bring charges or not. Many prosecutors would not charge the felony in the scenario you described. Friend should call a defense lawyer for more specific advise.
Q. Out of gas off the highway,can officers require proof of id and registration?
A: Yes, police in NH can demand license and registration. The issue may be was there another person who could have been the driver. See RSA265:4 Disobeying an Officer. – I. No person, while driving or in charge of a vehicle, shall: (a) Refuse, when requested by a law enforcement officer, to give his name, address, date of birth, and the name and address of the owner of such vehicle; (b) Give a false name, date of birth, address, name and address of the owner of such vehicle, or any other false information to a law enforcement officer that would hinder the law enforcement officer from properly identifying the person in charge of such motor vehicle; (c) Purposely neglect to stop when signaled to stop by any law enforcement officer who is in uniform or who displays his badge conspicuously on the outside of his outer coat or garment, or who signals such person to stop by means of any authorized audible or visual emergency warning signals; or otherwise willfully attempt to elude pursuit by a law enforcement officer by increasing speed, extinguishing headlamps while still in motion or abandoning a vehicle while being pursued; (d) Refuse, on demand of such officer, to sign his name in the presence of such officer; (e) Refuse, on demand of such officer, to produce his license to drive such vehicle or his certificate of registration or to permit such officer to take the license or certificate in hand for the purpose of examination; (f) Refuse or neglect to produce his license when requested by a court or justice, or refuse to surrender to the director or to any authorized employee of the department or other authorized representative of the director any license, registration certificate or number plate upon demand after suspension or revocation of the same. II. Any person who violates any provision of paragraph I of this section may have his or her license or privilege to drive and any registrations issued in his or her name suspended. In addition, any person who violates the provisions of subparagraphs I (a), (b), (d), (e), or (f) of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. III. (a) In addition to the penalties listed in paragraph II, any person who violates the provisions of subparagraph I(c) shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $500. (b) Any person who violates the provisions of subparagraph I(c), and is involved in a motor vehicle accident which causes serious bodily injury as defined in RSA 625:11, VI while being pursued, shall be guilty of a class B felony. (c) Any person who violates the provisions of subparagraph I(c), and is involved in a motor vehicle accident which causes the death of another while being pursued, shall be guilty of a class A felony. Source. 1911, 133:21. 1921, 119:20. PL 102:19. RL 118:21. RSA 262:26. 1955, 143:1. 1981, 146:1; 479:5, 27. 1987, 221:1. 2002, 213:1, 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003.
Q. If an officer requires a breathalyzer,i refuse,hes says dui,2 secs later i agree can he refuse?New Hampshire.
A: There is a case in NH that permits a chemical test to be admitted 2 hours after driving. The circumstances of request to test are important and make a difference. If advised of ALS rights, then the issue becomes was the rescission reasonable.
Q. What actions do I take? MOTION? To Vacate, for Dismissal, A Continuance... and to which relevant reasoning, under each?
A: The Court and the NH DMVar e completely separate entities. NH DMV has statutory authorities and administative rules that control. The hearing at the DMV does not require nor depend on a criminal case. It also seems like the court cleared the default and a new date will be set. It is very importanant to contact to a criminal defense attorney and follow that attorney's advise. If the hearing is tomorrow, it is doubly important that Troy not make any statements that could incriminate him. Yes the DMV can pull a license. The DMV cannot put a person in jail or impact a person's liberty interest.
Q. What sentence would you receive if convicted of class b felony for forgery?
A: It depends on many factors. There is no sentence that is imposed on a forgery conviction. The maximum for a class B felony is 3.5 to 7 years and a $4,000 fine. The minimum is nothing. Factors that are important include: criminal history, type of forgery, amount of loss, restitution paid in full, after a trial or based on a plea and more. In short if facing a forgery charge you need to contact a defense lawyer. You should also not make any statements to anyone about the matter.
Q. Is normal to be given 2 complaint slips? One for aggravated dui and claimed I eluded the officer, the other just a dui?
A: The charges are in the alternative. This means that the state may seek the enhanced penalty that an aggravated DWI carries if they prove the eluding. As a fall back the state can rely on the the DWI 1st offense. It is important that you talk with a qualified DWI attorney ASAP. You have important rights that will expire within 30 days of the arrest. If you are unable to afford a private lawyer you should apply for a public defender. The aggravated carries mandatory jail time, loss of license and enhanced fines.
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Lebanon Office
199 Heater Road
Lebanon, NH 03766
Telephone: (603) 448-3737
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15 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561
Telephone: (603) 444-2084
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104 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Telephone: (603) 788-2080
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