On February 12, 2014, Waystack Frizzell’s associate, Attorney Erin S. Meenan, argued at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Waystack Frizzell assisted our client in appealing the decision of the Probate Division that denied our client’s request for post-judgment interest on a judgment issued in its favor by the Colebrook District Court in February 2002. Specifically, our client was seeking an order from the Supreme Court stating it was entitled to the accrued post-judgment interest as a matter of law even if the underlying order was silent on the issue. The defendant debtor, appellee, argued that our client’s claim was barred by the doctrine of res judicata and further, that our client’s attempts to collect post judgment interest was contrary to the purposes of NH RSA 524:6-a. To watch the argument click here.
Lancaster Police Department arrested client and charged her in Lancaster District Division with an Aggravated DWI, based on a BAC of 0.19. The client faced mandatory jail time and a mandatory two year license loss upon conviction. Attorney Meenan secured a plea to a first offense non-aggravated DWI, saving the client from jail and cutting her loss of license to just 6 months, a small fraction of the mandatory penalty for the charged offense. As part of the negotiated plea secured by Attorney Meenan, the prosecuting officer agreed to withdraw his Administrative Loss of License request with the Department of Motor Vehicles. As such, the client avoided any administrative loss of license. Importantly, the installation of an ignition interlock device or an enhanced technology ignition device was not a condition or term of the negotiated plea as secured by Attorney Meenan, nor was it ordered by the District Court.
Despite the prosecutor’s ALS withdrawal, the DMV’s Bureau of Hearings subsequently sent Client a Notice of Hearing requiring her appearance in Concord, NH at a hearing pursuant to N.H. RSA 265-A:36-a. The purpose of this hearing was to determine whether, based on Client’s recent conviction for a DWI and her driving record, she would be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device upon restoration of her driver’s license.
Attorney Meenan appeared with Client at the Hearing in Concord and presented evidence that the safety of the public and/or the client’s own safety would not have been enhanced by the installation of an ignition interlock device as a condition of restoration.
The Hearings Examiner issued an Order hold, “The Client is not required to install an Ignition Interlock Device in any vehicle registered to her or used by her on a regular basis as a condition of restoration of her license.” Because Attorney Meenan won the hearing, the client saved the significant expenses of the installation fees, monthly monitoring fees as well as the fees for removing the device.
The Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service was instituted in 1998 to honor the memory of Vickie M. Bunnell, A Country Lawyer” and to applaud the community spirit that is a hallmark of the legal profession. The award is presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys) who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community by giving of their time and talents, legal or otherwise.
Jonathan Frizzell, a native of New Hampshire’s North Country, is a partner in the firm of Waystack Frizzell, Trial Lawyers, of Colebrook. He has been with the firm since 1996 and became a partner in 2002. He is a member of the First Colebrook Bank Board of Directors and a former member of the Coos County Planning Board for the Unincorporated Places. He is active in the Colebrook Bambino Baseball League and coaches the Colebrook Junior High boys’ basketball team. He also served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committtee on Civil Access to Justice.
Frizzell served as Colebrook Town Moderator from 1999 to 2007 and currently serves as the School Moderator for Colebrook. He is a former Colebrook School Board member and former chair of the School District Building Committee. Frizzell returned to his hometown of Colebrook – the same town where Vickie Bunnell practiced law – after earning a BA at Dartmouth College and a JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
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