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Law Office of Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan

23 Main St.
Salem NH 03079
(877) 296-9384

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Law Office of Patrick Donovan

Please Call : 877-296-9384


Former Prosecutor – Protecting your rights.

Attorney Patrick Donovan has more than 15 years of trial court experience litigating criminal and civil cases in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As a former New Hampshire Department of Justice homicide prosecutor, and a private practitioner, Attorney Donovan has tried dozens of high profile, complex cases, as well as countless DUI, felony, misdemeanor and small business and commercial disputes. We pride ourselves in delivering the experience and knowledge of a large firm, with the efficiencies and attention of a small firm.

Practice Areas:

Criminal Defense:
DUI, Drug Possession, Sexual Assaults, White Collar Offenses, Homicide, and other Felonies, Misdemeanors or Violations.

Civil and Corporate Litigation:
Trade Secret Violations, Employment Discrimination, Contract Claims, Construction Claims and Defense

Personal Injury:
Motor Vehicle Crashes, Slip and Fall, Commercial Accidents or Injuries

Business Law:
Corporate and Business Mergers and Acquisitions, Small Business Formations (Corporations, LLCs), Partnership and Buy-Sell Agreements

Please Call : 877-296-9384

Attorney Profile

Attorney Patrick E. Donovan earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and his law degree from Boston College Law School. He formerly worked in the New Hampshire Department of Justice in the DWI Section and Homicide Unit, as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Attorney Donovan also served as a clerk for the NH Supreme Court and as House Counsel to the NH House of Representatives.

Since entering private practice, Attorney Donovan has focused on criminal, commercial and civil litigation, receiving Not Guilty verdicts for clients charged with DWI, DUIs, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assaults, First Degree Assaults, Drug Possession and many other felonies, misdemeanors and violations.

Attorney Donovan has also resolved numerous personal injury claims, reaping substantial settlements and jury awards for victims of motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls and other accidental injuries.

Experience and Hard Work Produce Results

Attorney Donovan has tried dozens of homicide cases, and scores of superior court and district court cases in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in both the civil and criminal arena. Whether you are in the midst of a commercial dispute, civil claim or find yourself charged by the government with a crime, it is critical that you hire a lawyer who knows how to protect your rights and argue your case before a jury or judge who will ultimately decide your future. When deciding who will represent you, or your loved ones, ask the attorney how many cases like yours he has brought to trial, what verdicts did he or she achieve, and what costs can you expect. If the attorney cannot answer these questions directly, that attorney probably lacks the experience and knowledge to obtain the results you need.

Contact

Patrick Donovan takes great pride in responding to his clients in a prompt and timely manner. Our firm's priority is keeping our clients informed and to provide timely answers to any questions and concerns. Our firm communicates with our clients through their preferred medium, whether e-mail, telephone contact, in-person meetings or letters. We strive to respond to all inquires within 24 hours, if not immediately.

Our contact information appears in the "Contact Us" section of our web site.

Please Call : 877-296-9384

Attorney Profile

Attorney Profile

Attorney Patrick E. Donovan earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and his law degree from Boston College Law School. He formerly worked in the New Hampshire Department of Justice in the DWI Section and Homicide Unit, as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Attorney Donovan also served as a clerk for the NH Supreme Court and as House Counsel to the NH House of Representatives.

Since entering private practice, Attorney Donovan has focused on criminal, commercial and civil litigation, receiving Not Guilty verdicts for clients charged with DWI, DUIs, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assaults, First Degree Assaults, Drug Possession and many other felonies, misdemeanors and violations.

Attorney Donovan has also resolved numerous personal injury claims, reaping substantial settlements and jury awards for victims of motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls and other accidental injuries.

Experience and Hard Work Produce Results

Attorney Donovan has tried dozens of homicide cases, and scores of superior court and district court cases in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in both the civil and criminal arena. Whether you are in the midst of a commercial dispute, civil claim or find yourself charged by the government with a crime, it is critical that you hire a lawyer who knows how to protect your rights and argue your case before a jury or judge who will ultimately decide your future. When deciding who will represent you, or your loved ones, ask the attorney how many cases like yours he has brought to trial, what verdicts did he or she achieve, and what costs can you expect. If the attorney cannot answer these questions directly, that attorney probably lacks the experience and knowledge to obtain the results you need.

Contact

Patrick Donovan takes great pride in responding to his clients in a prompt and timely manner. Our firm's priority is keeping our clients informed and to provide timely answers to any questions and concerns. Our firm communicates with our clients through their preferred medium, whether e-mail, telephone contact, in-person meetings or letters. We strive to respond to all inquires within 24 hours, if not immediately.

Our contact information appears in the "Contact Us" section of our web site.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

DUIs

Drug Possession

Sexual Assaults

White Collar Offenses

Homicide

other Felonies, Misdemeanors or Violations.

Personal Injury

Motor Vehicle Crashes

Slip and Fall

Commercial Accidents or Injuries

Civil and Corporate Litigation

Federal and State Courts

Commercial Disputes

Wrongful Death and Personal Injury

Employment Claims

Environmental Contaminations

Landlord Tenant Disputes

Construction/Contractor Disputes

Trade Secret Violations

Contract Claims

Corporate Work/Business Law

Corporate and Business Mergers and Acquisitions

Small Business Formations (Corporate and LLC Formation)

Stock Purchase and Transfer Agreements

Employment and Termination Agreements

Partnership and Buy-Sell Agreements

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Trust Your Lawyer - He Represents You, Not the Police

If you have been arrested, or if you are stopped by the police for questioning, remember that your lawyer is the person you should trust. Law enforcement investigators are specifically trained to get people who don't want to talk to them to open up and talk with them anyway. Just politely, but firmly, tell the officers, agents or detectives that you will need to retain an attorney before you can speak with them. Do not answer their questions. This cannot be stressed enough.

Protect your Rights

If you, or a loved one, has been arrested and charged with a crime in New Hampshire or Massachusetts and need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call Patrick E. Donovan of Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC, today at (603) 893-1177, or complete the contact form provided on this site to begin your free consultation.

 

Verdicts

The following is a small sample of the successful verdicts Attorney Donovan has obtained for his clients:

State v. Etienne Dickens - Client charged with attempted murder, 3 counts of first degree assault. Three state witnesses identified client as the shooter in a nightclub. 2 week trial before a jury in Hillsborough County Superior Court. Verdict: not guilty of all charges.

State v. R.N - Client charged with 9 counts of aggravated sexual assault and felonious sexual assault. Client facing potential life sentence in Rockingham Superior Court. Verdict: not guilty on all charges.

State v. Milby - Client charged with forgery, Class A Felony drug possession. After suppression motion, State agreed to plea disposition for lesser included charge with no incarceration.

State v. Burke - Client charged with assault in superior court. Jury acquitted client despite the State’s presentation of two eyewitnesses.

State v. J.H. – Client charged with assault and domestic violence. Client acquitted after trial, avoiding potential jail sentence and costly divorce and custody issues.

Commonwealth v. C.E. – Client charged with embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars from local school district where she was employed. Attorney Donovan defended claim and avoided a felony conviction, potential jail sentence and potential civil suit.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be arrested for questioning?

No. Police can request that you accompany them to a police station for questioning, but you are not required to go unless you have been arrested for an offense. It is not advisable to speak with the police until you have first spoken with your attorney. You should ask for a lawyer or independent witness to be present during questioning.

What is Bail?

Bail is money or other property that is deposited with the court to ensure that the person accused will return to court when he or she is required to do so. If the defendant returns to court as required, the bail will be returned at the end of the case, even if the defendant is ultimately convicted. However, if the defendant does not come to court when required, or violates his or her bail conditions, the bail will be forfeited to the court and will not be returned.

What happens at a Bail Hearing?

The accused is brought before a magistrate or judge when an arrest happens for a violation of a criminal law. The magistrate or judge will conduct a pre-trial bail hearing resulting in four possible results:

  • Recognizance - This is the defendant`s written promise to appear in court on the date set and abide by the terms set by the magistrate or judge. No monetary pledge, cash deposit, or security by property or professional bondsman is required.
  • Unsecured Bond - This release pending court appearance is based on the defendant’s written agreement to appear in court on the date set and abide by the conditions set by the magistrate or judge. It is backed by an agreement by the defendant to forfeit money to the court if she or he does not appear in court on the date set.
  • Secured Bond - This is secured by either a cash deposit, a pledge of real or personal property, or a pledge by a third party that the defendant will appear in court on the date set and abide by the conditions of the release. The judge may forfeit any type of security in the event the defendant does not appear in court on the date set.
  • Ineligible for Bail - The defendant is denied a release pending court appearance.

The bail decision may be appealed to a judge who will re-examine the evidence. A violation of any agreement of release pending court appearance could result in the issuance of an "Order to Show Cause" why the release should not be revoked.

What is Probable Cause?

This is a difficult one. There is not a clear-cut rule establishing precisely what is and what isn`t probable cause. However, what has become apparent is that a finding of probable cause requires objective facts indicating a likelihood of criminal activity. A police officer's hunch, with nothing more, will not satisfy the requirements.

Example: Officer Doright observes Tom and Dick walking down the street. Officer Doright has a hunch that Tom and Dick are up to no good. Armed with nothing more, Officer Doright goes to the local judge and attempts to get a search warrant for the boy`s home. Should a judge grant the warrant? No. A police officer`s hunch, with nothing more, will not satisfy the probable cause requirement. However, if Officer Doright observed Tom and Dick conduct a drug deal, then probable cause would likely exist for a warrant to search their home.

What is a Plea Bargain?

Settling a criminal case is usually called a plea bargain. It means that the prosecution and the defense come to an agreement to resolve the case. The case can be settled at several points during the process, from before it is charged- all the way to trials doorstep. Usually, however, the best bargain can be obtained earlier rather than later in the process. And in many cases, it is a question that should be analyzed immediately so that good opportunities to settlement aren’t given up because of pride or inattention.

Testimonials

 

“I couldn’t have gotten through this without you. I can’t thank you enough.”
Charge: Felony embezzlement charges.
Result: no conviction, no guilty finding.

“Patrick, you literally saved my brother’s life.”
Charge: 9 counts of Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault, carrying a potential sentence of 90 years in prison.
Result: Client acquitted of all but 1 charge and sentenced to 2 years in prison.

“Thank you for everything that you did for me.  You got me out of a living nightmare.”
Charge: DWI (misdemeanor), with breath test result of .12 . Facing 9 month license suspension and possible suspension of medical license.
Result: Case resolved for a Reckless Operation (violation), with a 60 day loss of license.

“I’m so glad I found you on-line. You have helped me so much. I cannot thank you enough.”
Charge: 2 counts of Felony Criminal Mischief.
Result: Misdemeanor conviction after a plea. No jail time, no fine.

Contact Us

 

Address:

The Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
23 Main Street
Salem, NH 03079

Phone:

603-893-1177

Fax:

603-893-5553

email:

mailto:pdonovan@donovanlaw.com


Salem NH Criminal Defense Attorney

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