James J. Tenn, Jr, Mary Elizabeth Tenn, John J. Tenn

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New Hampshire Lawyers Skilled in Personal Injury, Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Other Legal Matters

Practice Areas - GavelLitigation can quickly become stressful and complicated, which makes it critical to enlist knowledgeable representation early in the process. At Tenn And Tenn, our New Hampshire personal injury attorneys understand the nuances of both civil and criminal actions. We can help you pursue a solution that is appropriate to the details of your circumstances and aggressively advocate for you before and during trial.

Personal Injury

Our attorneys handle personal injury claims for people who have been hurt as a result of motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle collisions, as well as cases arising out of slip and falls, construction accidents, and wrongful death.

Most NH personal injury cases are the result of negligence. This is generally established by showing that a particular party owed a duty to the accident victim but breached that duty and caused the victim’s injuries. However, some accidents arise because more than one party was negligent. New Hampshire follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence. This means that if the victim was also negligent, he or she may still collect damages if he or she was less than 50% at fault for the accident. The compensation would be proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault.

A wide range of damages may be available in personal injury cases. These may consist of both economic and non-economic costs and losses, such as medical bills, lost income, property damage, the costs of future treatment, and pain and suffering.

Criminal Defense

We have more than 20 years of experience helping people fight NH criminal charges, including assault, drug crimes, and public order offenses like resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, or criminal trespass. In a criminal case, the prosecution bears the burden of proving all of the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

For example, someone is guilty of simple assault if they purposely or knowingly cause bodily injury or offensive physical contact to someone else, recklessly cause bodily injury, or negligently cause bodily injury to someone else by using a deadly weapon. A defendant is considered to act knowingly if they are aware of the nature of their actions. Simple assault is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but depending on the case it can be reduced to a violation or rise to the level of a felony.


Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is illegal in New Hampshire. Although the amount of alcohol it takes for a driver to become impaired varies depending on the individual, if your breath or blood test is .08% or more, you can be charged with a "per se" offense. People convicted of an impaired driving offense are required to be screened in an approved Impaired Driver Care Management program within 14 days of their convictions to determine whether substance abuse was involved. People convicted of DUI may also face a sentence involving time in the County House of Correction, a license suspension, and other penalties.

There are a number of procedural defenses that we may be able to raise on your behalf. You should never simply assume the police and prosecution are right and plead guilty to a NH DUI because if you are convicted of one, you may be subject to more severe penalties later.

Family Law and Divorce

We handle a broad range of domestic relations matters, including divorce, parental rights and responsibility (child custody), property division, hiding assets, high asset divorces, and grandparent visitation. In New Hampshire, divorce may be granted on a no-fault basis, meaning that the marriage has suffered an irremediable breakdown based on irreconcilable differences. Divorce may also be granted on grounds of fault, meaning that it may be granted due to impotency, adultery, extreme cruelty, certain criminal convictions, injurious treatment, an absence of two years, habitual drunkenness after two years together, certain religious grounds, abandonment without sufficient cause, and refusal to cohabit for two years.

General Civil Litigation

We handle civil litigation arising out of business disputes and construction litigation, among other matters. Commercial litigation can be quite complex and costly. For example, construction litigation often involves multiple parties, attorneys, and insurers. These lawsuits may involve a breach of contract, OSHA violations, construction delays, quality of workmanship and defects, property damage, or nonpayment. Under N.H. Revised Statutes § 359:G-7, a homeowner cannot sue a contractor until it has been given a chance to correct any breaches or errors.

Consult a Personal Injury, Criminal Defense or Family Law Attorney in New Hampshire

Our New Hampshire criminal defense lawyers assist people facing prosecution throughout Merrimack, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford Counties. We also handle accident cases, DUI charges, divorce matters, and general civil litigation. Contact Tenn And Tenn, PA at (888) 511-1010 or use our online form to set up a free consultation.

Client Testimonials
Jim is an excellent and very thorough divorce attorney who examined every possible aspect of my case. I found his knowledge of the law and his courtroom capabilities to be outstanding. He deserves the reputation that he has as one of New Hampshire Super Lawyers. It is very comforting having an attorney whom you can trust during difficult personal issues. Jim Tenn is that lawyer. Thank you for all your help Jim. Anne