A drunk driving conviction in New Hampshire can lead to jail time, the loss of driving privileges, fines, community service, mandatory substance abuse treatment and a criminal record. Felony drunk driving charges can lead even more severe penalties.

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Driving While Intoxicated Generally

In New Hampshire, a DWI, stands for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are actually two types of DWIs: DWI impaired and DWI per se.

An officer charges a person with a DWI impaired when in the officer’s subjective opinion the way the person is driving, the way they pull over, how they look, how they smell, what they say to the officer and how they perform on the roadside standardized field sobriety tests indicate that they are too impaired to operate a vehicle.

An officer charges a person with an DWI per se when they submit to a breath test and the result is higher than 0.08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration).

Penalties are significantly increased for subsequent offenses and for aggravated offenses. DWIs are aggravated when the driver tests over twice the legal limit or when an accident is involved where there is bodily injury or property damage.

The Department of Motor Vehicles and the courts both have a role is imposing penalties for DWI. The DMV has a mandatory Administrative License Suspension (ALS) which sill suspend your driving privileges for a period from six months to two years depending on your record.

If you’ve been charged with a DWI, it is critical to know all of your legal rights and options. It can mean the difference in potentially avoiding an DWI conviction, which can make a significant impact on your life. It can also mean the difference in avoiding significant jail time, a lengthy license suspension and many other costly penalties associated with an DWI conviction such as mandatory substance abuse evaluations and ignition interlock devices.

For instance, field sobriety tests and breath tests are not infallible, and should not be considered as such. To find out more about these and other issues that arise during a DWI trial, click on any of the links to the right.

The specific penalties for a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated Offenses are as follows:

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