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How Does a New Hampshire Driver Become a “Habitual Offender”?

When the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles labels a driver a “Habitual Offender,” it’s more than just a name. Habitual Offender status in New Hampshire carries several penalties, including the loss of driving privileges.

A New Hampshire driver can be labeled a “Habitual Offender” for a number of different reasons. Many offenders receive that label after being convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). While a single DUI or DWI alone is not enough to label someone a Habitual Offender under New Hampshire law, two or more convictions within a five-year period is enough to place a New Hampshire driver at risk if the driver has also been convicted of several minor offenses, including speeding, crossing the yellow center line, or driving without a license or without proof of financial responsibility. In addition, one DUI or DWI combined with another major offense, such as reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, or joyriding within five years can put a driver at risk of being labeled a Habitual Offender.

New Hampshire drivers who are put on Habitual Offender status may request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to review and reverse their status. A highly skilled New Hampshire drunk driving lawyer can provide invaluable help when challenging a Habitual Offender status. The DUI/DWI attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have practical experience with all types of New Hampshire DUI/DWI-related hearings and will fight for the best possible outcome for every client. To schedule a free and confidential case evaluation, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-888-511-1010.