I was arrested and charged with a felony and have court next week. What do I need to do?

New Hampshire adopted felonies first to try speed up the court process and streamline cases.  The effect is that people who are charged with a felony must appear in the superior court in a very short time period often within a week.  The first court appearance is called an arraignment where the charges are explained, a plea of not guilty is entered and bail is set. It is vital to talk with a defense lawyer as soon as possible to better understand the charges, defenses and develop a plan.