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Family Law

Criminal and DUI Defense

General Practice in NH and MA


When It's Important Enough to Hire an Expert.

The family motto “Deo Duce Ferro Comitante” has been translated here as “God guides my sword” but a more common translation of “Deo Duce Ferro Comitante” given is “With God as my leader and my sword as my companion.”



Joseph Caulfield
Criminal Defense

My criminal success record ranges from obtaining acquittals for my clients in murder and rape trials through wining dismissals of drug trafficking and DUI-DWI-OUI charges.

I was a member of the CJA Panel for the US District Court, District of NH, 2004-2010, qualified to represent criminal defendants in general and complex crimes.

I have also tried many domestic violence cases. In MA, they are called “209A” In NH, “DV,” under RSA 173-B. I have represented both women and men, and have both prosecuted and defended these cases, because it’s my job.

These cases are highly technical and can have devastating consequences in view of the federal prohibitions of possessing guns or ammunition. A finding of domestic abuse can result in employment termination. Last year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reviewed and reversed a decision out of Manchester Family Division granting a RSA 173-B domestic violence abuse protection restraining order to a former spouse whose former husband texted her “Whatever. Wish you die in a fiery crash.”

The lower court found this sufficient to issue a final restraining order, considering the text criminal threatening, because, as an auto mechanic, he had worked on her car and knew where she lived.

The Supreme Court did not agree, holding that she had not proved that he sent the text with the purpose of terrorizing her. Nor did he ever threaten to tinker with her car or start a fire.

The text, although ill advised, was mere transitory anger, not a threat to commit a crime.