Case Results

Below is a small sample of criminal defense cases we have handled. Reis & O'Keefe are proud to have achieved positive outcomes for so many deserving clients. Please keep in mind that the success of any case depends on its unique facts and circumstances. No lawyer can guarantee future results based on past successes they have achieved.  All case listed below are from October 2019 through present day, results prior to the formation of our firm are not included.

Client avoids mandatory jail time on DWI operating after suspension

HAMPTON DISTRICT COURT (June, 2022). New Hampshire law carries many mandatory minimum penalties for motor vehicle offenses. If one drives while under suspension for DWI, they are subject to a mandatory 7 day jail sentence, one year interlock ignition device installation, and an additional one year license suspension. We were able to negotiate a lesser charge for this client who avoided otherwise mandatory jail time and avoid a further license suspension.

Annulments Granted in Three Counties

We are very pleased that three different clients have recently had petitions to annul granted in Rockingham, Strafford, and Merrimack counties. Annulments are used to clean both arrests and convictions. One of our successful annulment petitions was granted after our client was acquitted by a jury in Merrimack Superior Court. It's important for everyone to know arrests and prosecutions do not completely disappear even if you are acquitted or the case is dismissed. The other clients were able to clear their previous convictions to improve their prospects for employment and education.

Case filed with no conviction-Hampton NH Driving After DWI Suspension

Hampton District Court (May, 2022). Our client avoided the significant mandatory minimum penalties if one is convicted of operating a motor vehicle during the pendency of a DWI license suspension. The minimum mandatory penalty includes 7 days in jail and an additional 12 month license revocation. This client is able to maintain her employment because the case was filed without a finding. What does that mean? It means the case is dismissed in 12 months so long as one does not commit a crime or major motor vehicle offense during the good behavior period.

Motion to Impose Suspended Sentence Vacated

Rochester District Court (March, 2021). We are very pleased that the motion to impose a suspended sentence previously filed has been withdrawn. The client will face no further incarceration or other sanction and has made tremendous strides to become successful in many areas of his life.

Reckless Operation Dismissed by Negotiation

HAMPTON DISTRICT COURT (February, 2022) - We are very pleased that our client's reckless operation charge was dismissed and replaced with another non-criminal charge that allowed our client to avoid the mandatory minimum 60 day loss of license imposed if one is convicted of reckless operation.

Perjury Case Dropped

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (SOUTH) (August, 2021)- In a perjury case involving thousands of pages of discovery and significant litigation, Attorneys James Reis and Kevin O'Keefe successfully argued for the exclusion of the vast majority of information contained in the police investigation. Left with little upon which to proceed, the State entered a nolle prosequi (dropped the charge), agreeing that it would be unable to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Our client was overjoyed with the outcome.

Felony Drug Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor

Rockingham Superior Court (January, 2022). Attorney O'Keefe's client can maintain his new job, avoid jail time, probation, and fines while continuing his ongoing substance use disorder treatment after his felony drug charged was dismissed and replaced with the non-possessory misdemeanor charge of control of premises.

Motion to Suppress Granted - Unlawful Inventory Search

Order Granting Inventory Motion to Suppress Rockingham Superior Court (November, 2021). We are very happy that Attorney Reis's client prevailed in his motion to suppress unlawfully seized evidence. This case involved body camera footage, town meeting minutes, and excellent legal writing and advocacy to prevail on the issue of an unlawful inventory search which resulted in dismissal of the case.

Rochester District Court Witness Representation

DECEMBER, 2021 (Rochester District Court). We are very happy that Attorney Kevin O'Keefe's representation of a witness resulted in the outcome the person desired. Witness representation is very important because many witnesses need counsel to protect their rights and liabilities along with advocacy in court.

Aggravated DWI charge reduced; Client avoids mandatory jail time

HAMPTON DISTRICT COURT (December, 2021) - Client's aggravated DWI charge was dismissed and a first offense DWI was substituted in its place. This saves the client from a mandatory 18 month loss of license, $750 fine, interlock installation, further obligations, and most importantly mandatory jail time which allowed him to retain his job.

Domestic Criminal Mischief Charge Results in No Conviction

ROCHESTER DISTRCIT COURT (December, 2021) - We are very pleased that our client avoided conviction through negotiation with the State after being accused of misdemeanor criminal mischief (property damage).

Conduct After Accident Filed Without a Finding

HAMPTON DISTRICT COURT (December, 2021) - We are very pleased that our client's misdemeanor conduct after an accident charge was filed without a finding conditioned upon six months' good behavior. This means that this charge is scheduled to be dismissed in six months. Good behavior is defined as not committing a felony, misdemeanor, or major motor vehicle violation during the six month period and no conviction is entered.

Client Found Not Guilty After Trial in Sexual Assault Accusations from 1970s

Merrimack County Superior Court (November, 2021) - We are thrilled that the advocacy of Christine List and Kevin O'Keefe resulted in the acquittal of our client. He stood accused of aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault. Attorney O'Keefe's jury selection and the closing argument by Attorney List were critical in client's result. The judge dismissed one case based on our research and the testimony at the close of the government's case. The jury found the client not guilty of the remaining charge in under one hour.

Here is the link to the WMUR news story: https://www.wmur.com/article/benjamin-baker-trial-11-4-2021/381

Client Avoids All Jail Time for Drug Trafficking and Reckless Conduct

Rockingham Superior Court (August, 2021). This particular client made more progress with fewer resources than many we can recall. He pled guilty to a capped plea of 18-36 months in prison meaning that was the maximum possible penalty he could receive while arguing to remain free. This new parent who was recently promoted was represented by Attorney O'Keefe.

Reckless Operation Dismissed

In the 10th Circuit Court-District Division-Hampton, our client's reckless operation was dismissed as he received a speeding ticket. This client avoided the 60 day mandatory license loss and major motor vehicle offense on their DMV record as they pursue their education at college this fall.

Felony Burglary Dismissed; No Jail on Drug Charges

Laconia, NH: We are very pleased that our client's burglary charge was dismissed prior to trial. Further, our client avoided any jail time on multiple drug offenses. This client has had a remarkable turnaround due to his hard work and that of the staff here at Reis & O'Keefe (July, 2021).

179:10 Unlawful Possession of Alcohol Dismissed

AUGUST, 2021: 10th Circuit-District Division-Hampton: We are very pleased that our client's minor in possession of alcohol charge was dismissed. We appreciate the prosecutor's discretion and hard work of our client who will soon return to college.

Misdemeanor reduced to Violation

Dover, NH: We are very happy that Attorney O'Keefe's client's misdemeanor charge was dismissed in exchange for a non-criminal violation. This client can continue their employment and education.

Client Enters Drug Court to Avoid Jail on Five Felonies

We are pleased that Attorney O'Keefe's client entered Drug Court to avoid jail or prison on five separate felony charges. This client continues his impressive recovery efforts and will remain at liberty to continue working and his recovery process (Laconia, NH).

Victory Defending Stalking Petition

NEWPORT DISTRICT DIVISION - We are very pleased that Attorney Reis successfully defended a stalking petition against his client by simply cross-examining the first witness. This led to a swift and just result for his client (April, 2021).

Felony Possession of Controlled Drugs Dismissed

We are very pleased that the state dismissed felony drug possession charges against Attorney O'Keefe's client in Rockingham County. This case was scheduled to go to trial in April. Pre-trial litigation and prosecutorial discretion following negotiation resulted in the best possible result for this client (April, 2021).

Annulment Granted for Misdemeanor Conviction

April, 2021: We are pleased that our client can pursue a new employment opportunity after their petition to annul was promptly granted (Plymouth District Court).

Felony Motor Vehicle Theft Dismissed

CARROLL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT: We are happy that our client's felony motor vehicle theft charge was dismissed by the state today. At the initial bail hearing, Attorney O'Keefe argued there was not probable cause to substantiate the charge and detain our client. While the judge ultimately decided there was probable cause at the initial hearing, Attorney Reis advocated for the ultimate and just result: a dismissal, which occurred today (March 19, 2021).

March 2021: Transportation of Alcohol Dismissed

We are pleased that our client's transportation of alcohol case was dismissed conditioned upon community service and completion of an online alcohol class. This allows our client to continue their education without a conviction (Durham, NH).

DWI reduced to Reckless Operation

We are pleased that a client of Attorney O'Keefe had his DWI charge dismissed as he pled guilty to the lesser violation-level offense of reckless operation in the Ossipee District Court. (January, 2021).

DWI reduced to Reckless Driving

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Reis' client, who was originally charged with a DWI, was convicted of only a violation-level charge of Reckless Driving. In addition, the Administrative License Suspension that had been imposed for refusal to submit to a breath test, was dismissed. (August, 2020).

Felony Drug Charges Dismissed

We are pleased that two charges of Theft by Deception that Attorney Reis' client faced were placed on file without any finding of guilt for a period of six months. This will allow our client to leave the matter behind and move on without the scar of a criminal conviction. (September, 2020).

Misdemeanor Theft Charges Placed on File Without Guilty Finding

We are pleased that two charges of Theft by Deception that Attorney Reis' client faced were placed on file without any finding of guilt for a period of six months. This will allow our client to leave the matter behind and move on without the scar of a criminal conviction. (September, 2020).

Speed >25 MPH and Lane Violation Dismissed - Portsmouth District Court

We are happy that our client's speeding over 25 mph and lane violation were dismissed and substituted for a non-moving infraction that allows our client to retain their license and avoid points on their DMV record.

Domestic Violence Simple Assault Filed Without a Finding

October, 2020: We are pleased that the charge of domestic violence simple assault was placed on file without a finding conditioned upon one year good behavior. This means that our client's case is dismissed in 1 year provided the client is of good behavior. What does that mean? It means the client cannot commit a crime or major motor vehicle offense within that year.

Reckless Operation Reduced to Speeding - Concord District Court

We are pleased that our client in Concord District Court was able to maintain his employment because his charge of reckless operation was reduced to a speeding ticket. Thus, his license was not suspended for the mandatory 60 days required under the reckless operation statute.

September, 2020: Reckless Operation Dismissed in Hampton District Court

We are pleased that our client's reckless operation was dismissed and the client avoided at least the minimum mandatory penalty for this major motor vehicle accusation, a $620 fine (including mandatory penalty assessment) and a 60 day loss of driver's license.

Reckless Operation Dismissed - Hampton District Court

We are pleased that our client's reckless operation charge was dismissed in Hampton District Court. In New Hampshire, reckless operation carries a minimum mandatory 60-day license suspension and $620 fine.

Reckless Operation Dismissed - Portsmouth District Court

Client was charged with reckless operation, which carries a mandatory $620 fine and 60 day loss of license. Client resolved this matter for a speeding ticket and no license loss after being clocked on radar driving over 100 mph.

April & May 2020: Two Unlawful Possession of Alcohol Cases Dismissed

In Strafford County, we are pleased that two young people, over 18, but under 21 have had their unlawful possession of alcohol cases dismissed and are on track to do great things with a clean record.

Client Avoids Further Jail and Probation in Drug Case

We are pleased that our client was able to avoid further incarceration and probation supervision in his drug case. The client will be able to continue his treatment despite a previously being sentenced to the state prison.

February 2020 Case Dismissed: Class A Felony Theft

We are happy to announce that our client's felony A theft case was dismissed in Carroll Superior Court. The Client can continue his job and does not face the stress of a trial.

Hampton District Court- Domestic Violence Assaults Placed on File Without a Finding

We are pleased that our client's two domestic violence simple assault charges were placed on file without a finding (no conviction was entered) conditioned upon 6 months good behavior (not committing a crime or major motor vehicle offense).

Strafford County Theft Case Dismissed

We are pleased that in December of 2019, after carefully examining the evidence in our client's case, we were able to determine that the individual captured in a surveillance video was not our client. As a result, the prosecutor dismissed our client's felony theft charge in Strafford County Superior Court.

Charges Dismissed in Hampton District Court

Attorney Reis's client was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after visiting a Hampton Beach bar. We are pleased that both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Negligent Homicide Dismissed for Misdemeanor via Negotiation

We are pleased that Attorney O'Keefe negotiated a dismissal of his Client's Class B felony negligent homicide charge. The Client agreed to instead plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, serve 3 days in jail, and perform community service.

Felony Charge Dismissed: Receiving Stolen Property

Attorney O'Keefe's Client was charged with felony receiving stolen property in the Rockingham County Superior Court. Through negotiation, the Client's felony charge was dismissed and the Client received a deferred jail sentence on a misdemeanor charge, conditioned upon performance of community service and good behavior.

Charges: Conduct After Accident and Operating After Suspension

Attorney O'Keefe's Client was charged with two Class A misdemeanors involving a car accident on Route 95 that resulted in property damage. We are pleased that one charge was dismissed and Attorney O'Keefe was able to negotiate a sentence on the other charge of a suspended fine conditioned upon payment of restitution.

Charges: Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Three Counts)

We are very pleased that, after a bench trial, the Court found our Client not guilty of all three charges. Our Client was able to return home with a clean record.

Charge: Felony Receiving Stolen Property

We are pleased that, after filing a motion to preclude our Client’s statements pursuant to a Miranda violation, the Client will remain free, off probation, and have a misdemeanor rather than felony conviction.

Charge: Possession of Controlled Drug with Intent to Distribute

We are very pleased that the Court granted our motion to suppress based upon an illegal pat-frisk and an unconstitutional expansion of the initial seizure. The charges were later dismissed as a result of the Court’s order.

Charge: Felony Possession of A Controlled Drug

We filed a motion to suppress the drugs arguing that the traffic stop was impermissibly expanded without reasonable suspicion. We are pleased that our Client was able to resolve their felony drug possession case as a misdemeanor without being placed in jail or on probation.

Charges: Criminal Threatening (Two Counts), Second Degree Assault, Simple Assault (Three Counts)

We are very pleased that, after selecting a jury and cross examining several of the prosecution’s witnesses, the prosecutor agreed to enter a nolle prosequi to all of the charges in exchange for a plea to one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct and one other unrelated charge that was scheduled for trial in the future. Our Client was able to avoid any incarceration.

Charge: Domestic Violence Simple Assault, Obstructing Report of Crime

We are very pleased that our Client’s charges were dismissed on the day of trial and he was eligible to annul the arrest immediately.

Charge: Felony Aggravated DWI

We are very pleased that, in this case that involved serious bodily injury, we were able to negotiate a First Offense DWI with only the minimum mandatory sentence. Our Client was able to avoid a felony conviction, placement on probation, and any incarceration.

Charge: Aggravated DWI

We are very pleased that we were able to negotiate a First Offense DWI for a Client initially charged with Aggravated DWI. Through straightforward negotiation, we were able to ensure our Client did not face the Aggravated DWI mandatory minimums, including incarceration and an 18-month loss of license. The Client’s administrative license suspension was also withdrawn by agreement.

Charge: First Degree Assault

We are very pleased that after a great deal of investigation in the early stages of the case, we were able to convince the prosecutor to submit evidence of our Client’s claim of self-defense to the grand jury. Given the information presented, the grand jury declined to indict our Client, and the prosecutor entered a nolle prosequi.

Charge: Felony Possession of A Controlled Drug

We are pleased that the Court granted our motion to suppress based on an unlawful pat-frisk. Our Client’s charges were dismissed pursuant to the Court’s order.

Charges: Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault (Three Counts), Second Degree Assault (Two Counts), Domestic Violence (Two Counts)

We are very pleased that after trial, the jury found our Client not guilty of five of the six charges. On the remaining charge, the jury deadlocked, and the prosecutor decided to enter a nolle prosequi to the remaining charge. Our Client was able to return to life as it was before the allegations were made.

Charges: DWI, Felony Possession of A Controlled Drug, Transporting Drugs in Motor Vehicle

We are very pleased that, after selecting a jury, 3 out of 4 charges, including the DWI, were dismissed and our Client was neither placed in jail nor on probation. The Client was able to keep his job, keep his license, and avoid a felony conviction.