Most people think of New Hampshire’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws as prohibiting driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, New Hampshire’s DUI laws also prohibit drivers from driving under the influence of various drugs. A person charged with driving while on controlled drugs may hear their case called a “DUID,” or “driving under the influence of drugs”.
Controlled drugs include not only illegal drugs, but also legal prescribed or over-the-counter medications that decrease a person’s ability to drive a car safely. These drugs might impair movement, so the driver cannot steer properly or react to emergencies, or they might impair mental function so that a driver has trouble making any of the important decisions necessary to drive a car safely.
In New Hampshire, specially-trained police officers known as drug recognition experts (DREs) are often responsible for determining whether a driver is likely impaired by drugs. A DRE receives several days of training and must follow a specific process in order to gather evidence to decide whether a person might be impaired by drugs. When this process is not followed correctly, the arrest of an innocent person on DUID charges can result.
If you or someone you love is facing drugged driving charges in New Hampshire, the experienced New Hampshire DUID attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help. We have the legal resources, training and courtroom experience that is needed to aggressively fight for the best possible outcome in your case. For a free and confidential telephone consultation, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-603-624-3700 or on our Free DWI Helpline at 1-888-511-1010.