Articles Posted in DUI/DWI Arrest

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It’s hard to imagine an officer of the law ever getting caught for breaking the law. Unfortunately, for one officer from the University of New Hampshire’s police department, that’s exactly what happened. One morning this past June, Diane Scott, a University security professional and former officer, found herself in a predicament. Early in the morning, an officer, Ron Taylor, received a call to investigate a car accident in Canterbury. What he found was his former colleague, Ms. Scott, lightly injured, but able to recognize him. Officer Taylor quickly saw all the signs of a DUI. Scott was reported to have a clear scent of alcohol, and difficulty standing up, swaying constantly during her conversation with the officer. It was then that officer Taylor made the arrest, much to Scott’s shock, surprise, and dismay. Scott is reported to have denied Taylor’s arrest in disbelief. After being treated for her injuries, Scott was reported to have refused a blood test when asked, and to have continued to refute her arrest.

Later on, it was revealed that Scott had gone to court for an arraignment. She pleaded nolo contendere to a Class B misdemeanor DUI charge. Her sentencing resulted in a fine of $500 and a license suspension of nine months. In addition to the fines from the plea, she will also likely face additional suspension time for her test refusal from the DMV.

What Does A Nolo Contendere Plea Mean?

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Kensington, New Hampshire was recently the site of an early evening DWI-related accident. A Seabrook man ran his car off the road, through a stone wall, and into a utility pole, right in front of the Kensington Police Department headquarters. Police were on the scene immediately. josh-tackett

What they found on scene was one Joshua Tackett, age 29. Tackett only suffered minor injuries, although his car was badly damaged. No official details pertaining to Tackett’s blood alcohol content have been revealed, however, police say that the primary contributing factors to the accident were likely speed and alcohol. While Tackett’s blood alcohol content remains a mystery, a mugshot of a grinning Tackett sporting a shirt bearing the phrase “This Guy Needs A Beer” has appeared in several news stories online. He now faces charges for driving while intoxicated. He was later released on $750 bail. While Tackett’s shirt may have a humorous and ironic role in his tale, the DWI charges he faces are no laughing matter.

This Guy Needs An Attorney

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DWI is a crime typically associated with alcohol. Alcohol is legal, readily available, and most of the time it is easily affordable. However, there are 6 states, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, that currently have specific legislation that imposes a “legal limit” on the amount of THC concentration present in a person’s bloodstream while driving, similar to the legal limit on a person’s blood alcohol concentration for a regular DWI. However, while this may seem like a good idea, a study from AAA Foundation for Safety shows that a legal limit cannot be scientifically justified. Basically, THC concentration cannot be used as a true method of testing someone’s degree of impairment, the way blood alcohol concentration can be. joints_shutterstock-52960849

The Current Laws

Currently, the laws that impose legal limits on THC concentration in a person’s bloodstream are based on arbitrary numbers that legislators developed based on alcohol limits. The truth of the matter is that measuring impairment of marijuana is not as clear cut as it is for alcohol. People often experience the drug differently. An avid user of the drug may be significantly less impaired by the drug than a first-time user. On top of this, because there are several ways to ingest the drug, the effects of the THC can manifest itself in several different ways. Some of these states have laws take into account trace amounts of THC, which can actually remain in a person’s body for several weeks. Essentially, these laws forbid marijuana users from ever driving at all, out of fear that trace amounts that are no longer active in their body will incriminate them when they are not even impaired.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun 2016: What Not To Do

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day is always a blast in the state of New Hampshire. Many towns such as Manchester offer parades and festivities to celebrate the Irish culture, offering dancing, drinks and more. The 21st Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Sunday, March 29th. When you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it can be fun to dress in all green, have a few beers and spend time with family and friends. However, there are aspects of the celebration that can have an unsafe affect, such as drinking and driving. Below are a few tips on what not to do as you celebrate the unique holiday.St. Paddy's Day

Avoid Drinking Too Much

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New Hampshire House Bill 1606 – Lowering the Drinking Age

When it comes to underage drinking, there are many lives lost each year due to alcohol poisoning or car accident related deaths in New Hampshire. One State Representative in New Hampshire is trying to change that. A new bill has been proposed to lower the drinking age and New Hampshire is not the only state considering this. Take a look at what the bill involves and why so many are behind it and its potential success rates. Beer and Keys small

What is House Bill 1606?

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Drunk Driving in NH – Over the Limit. Under Arrest.  Don’t Drink and Drive.

The television commercials, newspaper articles, radio spots and even highway signs are everywhere reminding motorists not to drink and drive. Over the limit. Under arrest.  It’s pretty clear. There are other slogans as well: How about, Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.  These slogans make a good point-drinking and driving will not be tolerated in NH and will get you arrested.overthelimitdownload (1)

Frankly, I give the same advice to everyone I know; don’t drink and drive. You are putting yourself and others at risk if you are driving impaired. But as a NH DWI defense attorney, it’s important to me that arrests stem from probable cause and convictions are based upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  Quippy slogans aside, the State must prove its allegations of impairment before a conviction can result. And in NH, despite the slogan-Over the limit, Under arrest, you are usually arrested BEFORE the police determine if you are over the legal limit. Let me try to explain…

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In the Penacook language, Nashua means “beautiful stream with a pebbly bottom”, a very apt name for the only city to get voted twice for Best Place to Live in America.

Nashua, New Hampshire represents an excellent quality of life because of its quiet, quaint rural atmosphere and proximity to the seacoast, the mountains, and the bustling city of Boston. Being Frisked on Car

DUI and Motor Vehicle Accidents  and Fatalities

However, the Gate City has its share of severe  car and motorcycle accidents due to DUI or impaired drivers. Drunk driving collisions occur with more frequency on weekends and holidays. More than one hundred people in the state of New Hampshire are killed by motor vehicle accidents that are otherwise preventable.  DUI cases in Nashua, as of 2013 comprise about 20% of all crimes against society, second only to drug-related offenses.

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Laconia Motorcycle Week moves another year closer to the century mark with its 92nd annual celebration. Bikers who ride safe will hopefully return to bike week for many years to come. Laconia Bike Week
More than 400,000 riders will descend on this central New Hampshire town and lakes region beginning June 13 for the weeklong, world class rally. With a full slate of events, celebrations and parties, motorcyclists can easily get lost in the excitement and forget essential safety rules to avoid a motorcycle accident and or DUI arrests. A little bit of caution will keep you on your bike enjoying your ride.

Do some planning before heading out to parties and gatherings. Keep these tips in mind:

  • If you plan to drink, park your bike. Arrange transportation with a friend or plan to stay overnight at the party site. These plans are easier to make before you take that first drink.
  • Eat before you drink. Alcohol on an empty stomach is absorbed much faster, and you will get intoxicated much more quickly.
  • Limit what you drink and stop a few hours before you leave. You know your limits, so keep track of what you’re drinking and stop when you need to.
  • Focus more on the company than on drinking. You may only see these friends once a year at the rally, make the most of it.

Drinking alcohol isn’t limited to nighttime gatherings and parties. Bike Week festivities feature many beer tents among the food stalls, motorcycle displays and merchandise tents. You can easily lose track of just how many stops at the beer tent you have made. Make a mental note of how much you drink throughout the day, and stop a few hours before it’s time to pack up and head back to the hotel or camp site. Stop and listen to some music at the Big Entertainment Tent outside Laconia Roadhouse or pick up some free coffee at the White Church.

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Irish green is about to cover all of New Hampshire next week, and it won’t be from spring time grass,  just yet. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is fast approaching and plans for state-wide festivities are in full gear. One of the largest parties this year will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester on March 30thSt. Paddy's Day

Along with large parties and green beer comes increased police presence and an increase in the chances of being involved in an accident. In fact, there are thousands of people each year who are involved in car accidents related to alcohol. One third of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related, and many of those drivers have twice the legal limit in their systems at the time of the crash. Because of these sobering statistics, it is vital that anyone planning to paint the town green be safe and know their limits this St. Patricks day.

Planning Your Night

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Avoid an Auto Accident and DUI on New Year’s Eve 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting and promise-filled nights of the year. Everyone lets go of the happenings of the last year and makes vibrant plans for the year ahead. For some, the festivities can quickly lead to both tragedy and trouble with the law. Accidents and DUI incidents can replace toasts and resolutions. But, with a few tips and pieces of advice, you can enjoy the party and ring in the New Year without seeing the lights of an ambulance or patrol car. Auto Accident on New Years Eve.

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