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The action of being pulled over by the police for any reason can be distressing and cause a driver to panic. When you know you are being pulled over by the police for suspicion of DUI, an overwhelming sense of fear may overtake you even if you know you have done nothing illegal. Regardless of whether or not being pulled over for DUI is justified or warranted under the New Hampshire law, there are a few basic points and behaviors to keep in mind as the situation unfold. These points can help minimize the time you have to deal with the police and possibly help minimize your chances of being charged with a DUI. DUI Stop

Things to Remember

  1. Behavior is everything. How you act toward the police officer from the second contact is made can play a huge role in how the situation unfolds. This means you should be courteous and polite even if you are personally upset or angry about being pulled over. Part of being polite is promptly having all documents in order and answering in a “yes sir” “no sir” manner. One basic rule of behavior is to remain composed and not make any sudden or threatening movements. This is for your legal protection as well as your personal safety.
  2. Being polite does not mean you have to surrender your rights. While remaining courteous at all times is a must, you do not have to do all that officer requests. This can include breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests. Part of protecting your rights may entail refusing to answer questions related to your alleged alcohol consumption or destination. You can politely state that you know your rights and choose not to answer or perform any test. It is recommended that you give brief answers if you do chose to answer questions. If you have a clear issue with a field sobriety test, such as health concerns that will yield unfavorable results, you can certainly explain those issues and decline the test on those grounds. Remember, field sobriety tests are subjective and in no way an exact science.
  3. Be observant of the officer’s behavior and take notes of the facts of the situation. If you feel you were treated disrespectfully or unlawfully, it can be useful to write down the facts of the situation or the statements exchanged. Even if you feel the officer was as professional and respectful as possible, it is advised that you write down the basic facts of the incident such as: date, time, tests given, weather conditions, and if your rights were explained.
  4. Hire a DUI Lawyer. Lastly, if you have been charged with DUI, it is critically important to have a skilled and experienced criminal attorney evaluate the situation as soon as possible. Anyone pulled over has rights and protections under the law, regardless of the situation. Everyone also has the right to know the exact nature of any evidence that may be presented against them, including chemical or breath test The best way to gauge the potential outcome of a DUI charge is to have a DUI attorney outline these rights and protections, and to defend you.

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A man from Pittsfield, New Hampshire was killed  recently when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle.  Police told WMUR, that the 54-year-old man was riding behind a vehicle on Suncook Valley Highway.  When the lead vehicle turned right an SUV pulled on the Highway from the side road and the motorcycle hit it.  Authorities said an off-duty firefighter attempted to perform CPR, but he died at the scene. caution

Although Labor Day has come and gone, there will still be hundreds of motorcycles on the roads as we move into fall.  There are some things to keep in mind both as a motorcyclist as well as a vehicle driver.

Bikers, remember to wear protective equipment.  This includes a helmet, eye protection, ear protection, jackets, gloves, riding pants, and boots.  In the event of a crash, these safety  items may not only help to protect your skin from significant road rash, they could save your life.

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Last week New Hampshire State Police arrested two motorcyclists who were reported to have been driving at least 125 miles an hour in a 55 mile an hour area.  The arrest was made on I-93 coming off of Route 101.  State police say they had received complaint calls about the two, Rembert Zambrana, 34, and Erin Crete, 31, both of Litchfield, and were able to catch up with them about twenty minutes after the first complaint.speedometer

Zambrana and Crete are charged with reckless operation as well as transportation of marijuana, which the troopers say they found in the motorcycles. Reckless driving is defined as driving that would puts the lives or safety of the public in danger.

As you may recall, in mid-July, 2014 the NH Legislature recently amended reckless driving to include a set speed of 100 MPH or greater.   Now driving faster than 100 miles an hour fits that classification.  The result of this charge is much more serious than a standard speeding ticket and can include a fine of at least $500 and 60-day license revocation.

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A Durham, NH man recently died of the injuries he sustained when his bicycle hit a car’s open door.  58-year-old John Kavanagh was not wearing a helmet as he rode his bicycle in a marked bicycle lane down Main Street in his hometown.  Police told reporters that a legally parked driver opened his driver’s-side door and Kavanagh hit it, went over the door, and landed on the ground just in front of the car. bicycle injuries in NH

Kavanagh was initially taken to Wentworth Douglas Hospital and then to Mass General Hospital where he died.  Police said Kavanagh suffered massive head trauma from the accident.

The summer may be winding down, but there will still be plenty of bikes on the road until the snow starts falling.  Bicyclists have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as vehicle drivers.  They need to obey the laws and rules of the road, just as police say Kavanagh was doing.

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Bodily Injury Claims

When individuals involved in automobile accidents are injured by another party’s negligence, the injured party may be able to make a claim for bodily injuries he or she has sustained.  The ability to recover compensation for injuries is based on a variety of fact-specific considerations, including the severity of the injury sustained, the length of any pain and suffering incurred as a result of the accident, out-of-pocket expenses, lost earnings, as well as the limits of coverage on the responsible party’s insurance policy.  If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the facts of your case. Health Insurance

Recovery Expectations

The total amount of compensation or recovery that may be obtained for a bodily injury claim is based on a variety of factors. This means that this process may take some time for an attorney to determine the total value of a claim. You will first need to reach a medical end point, or have sufficiently recovered from an injury, before your possible compensation can be determined Arriving at a medical end point usually means that there are no further improvements are expected in an injured person’s condition, even though he or she may never be able to fully return to their exact physical condition before the accident occurred.

Medical Costs and Bodily Injury Claims

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Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is Listed Among the Best Lawyers in New Hampshire- 2014

Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is pleased to announce that New Hampshire Magazine has recognized three members of the firm among the Best Lawyers of New Hampshire for 2014. Partners James J. Tenn Jr., John J. Tenn, and Mary E. Tenn have been named among NH’s Best Lawyers.  Jim and Mary have been selected as Best Lawyers in the area of Family Law, and Jim has also been selected as a Best Lawyer in the area of Family Law Mediation.  John and Jim have been selected as Best Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Litigation on behalf of injured plaintiffs.  bestlawyersheader

The Best Lawyers in America is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey to identify the country’s top attorneys.  Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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How Long Will My New Hampshire Accident Case Take to Resolve?

The New Hampshire injury attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have been representing injury victims for more than twenty (20) years.  Most of them come to the office and ask the same question – -“How long will my accident case take to resolve?” Personal Injury Claim

We have prepared a simple guide to help answer that question and to illustrate the procedures involved concerning the “typical” personal injury case.

The Accident Scene and Determining Fault

 If you have been involved in an automobile or motorcycle collision, it is important that the police be called to the scene to document the facts of the event, obtain witness statements, and determine fault. A successful NH injury claim requires that another party or entity be responsible for the collision and your resulting damages.  In other words, you must be injured through no fault of your own.

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Summer Travel Safety Tips in New Hampshire

Keeping safe during any summer travel requires proper preparation. Taking the time to think ahead can prevent a vacation from being ruined.  Getting stuck on the side of the road with the kids and dog in the car is a sure fire way to dampen vacation plans. The following travel  tips are beneficial for anyone planning to travel in New HampshireWelcome to NH

Plan the Trip

Let other family members know your travel plans when planning a vacation.  Making certain a loved one knows when you are scheduled to leave and return, and where you are headed is an important safety measure. It is also important to map out any travel routes. There are many options found online that can be used to estimate fuel costs and other aspects of your trip. Apps can also be used to find various restaurants and places of interest along the way.

Prepare the Vehicle

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On Wednesday morning July 16, 2014 a collision occurred at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack NH. A Nashua woman who was struck by a dump truck in the driver’s side of her SUV was killed.Merrimack-ax-716-jpg

Merrimack Police identified the SUV driver as Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 3 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua. The collision occurred at approximately 6 a.m. at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard.

Merrimack Police said McQuinn was driving the Kia Sorento and attempting to make a left turn from McDonald’s to travel west on Route 101A when the vehicle was struck by the dump truck traveling east on Route 101A. The Merrimack Fire Department extricated McQuinn and pronounced her dead at the scene, according to police. Police identified the driver of the dump truck as Kyle Witty, 43, of Cornish.

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100 M.P.H.  is Reckless Driving in New Hampshire

Driving faster than 100 miles an hour is not only breaking the speed limit in New Hampshire, it is now classified as reckless driving.  And a driver pulled over going that fast will likely face a hefty fine and mandatory loss of license.100mph

The state house and senate recently passed SB 246 making driving a vehicle at a speed of 100 miles per hour or greater reckless driving.  It was a bill that the department of safety requested and went to the full house and senate tagged “ought to pass” with bipartisan support.

In NH, Reckless driving is much more serious than a standard speeding ticket.  A reckless driving fine is at least $500 and includes a 60-day license revocation.  Additionally, a second offense results in a $750 fine and a loss of license between 60 days and one (1) full year.  Because of the manner in which reckless driving is classified, a convicted driver receives six demerit points on their motor vehicle record.  These points stay on a driver’s record for five years.  Receiving demerit points can also result in higher automobile insurance rates.  It can also lead to being classified as a habitual offender, which could result in a jail sentence.

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