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Earlier this month, the Brentwood, New Hampshire Fire Chief, Bill Campbell was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. The arrest took place in Fremont after his pickup truck crossed the center line on Route 107. He hit another vehicle before ultimately striking a telephone pole and coming to a stop on the side of his vehicle.duiimages

Campbell, also employed as a full-time fire lieutenant in Nashua, has been placed on unpaid leave as fire chief in Brentwood and paid leave from the fire department in Nashua. Campbell waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea in Brentwood Circuit Court.

Detecting a Drunk Driver in New Hampshire

There are three phases in the DUI/DWI detection process that New Hampshire law enforcement use in the determination of whether or not an individual should be arrested for driving while intoxicated:

  • Phase One – Vehicle in Motion;
  • Phase Two – Personal Contact; and
  • Phase Three – Pre ‐arrest Screening

When a traffic accident occurs, officers will then begin with the personal contact phase once they arrive on the scene of the accident. The officers will use “cues” during the personal contact to determine whether or not they should advance to the pre-arrest screening phase. When an accident has been caused by an individual who is suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the accused individual may face an elevated DWI charge called an “Aggravated DWI.” “Aggravating factors include:

  • Driving at or above 30 miles per hour in excess of the posted speed limit;
  • Causing a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious bodily injury to yourself or someone else (which can elevate the charge of aggravated DWI to a felony-level offense);
  • An attempt to flee or hide from the police;
  • Traveling with a passenger in the car whom is less than 16 years old; and
  • Operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of over .16.”

Immediate and Long-Term Penalties of a DWI Conviction

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A Manchester man was recently arrested in the parking lot of a Hooksett grocery store for aggravated DUI. Employees at the grocery store called police to report a man unconscious behind the wheel with the car still running. The man woke up when police reached into the vehicle to turn off the engine. The automobile was full of empty alcohol containers and police stated that the vehicle, and the man, had a very heavy alcohol odor.dui-1-300x200

Police asked the man to submit to standard field sobriety tests to which the man complied. Afterward, the man was arrested for aggravated DUI. Hooksett police reported that the man had a 0.22 blood alcohol content.

Aggravated DUI in New Hampshire

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Motorcycles are a true representation of freedom on the road. With the motorcycles rise in popularity has also come the rise in the number of motorcycle accidents. Accidents can be caused by hazardous road conditions, impaired driving, or negligent drivers. It is essential that motorcyclists understand their risks and rights before hitting the road.motorcyclecrash_001-300x196

Motorcycle Road Safety in New Hampshire

Earlier this year, the state of New Hampshire released the “New Hampshire Highway Safety Plan” in fulfillment of section 402 grant requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In this plan, the state presented detailed statistics about New Hampshire motorcycle fatalities between the years of 2012-2016. They were broken by several different factors.

Unhelmeted Motorcycle Fatalities

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While riding a motorcycle may be one of the most invigorating feelings, it is imperative that motorcyclists practice the utmost safety while driving, as there are a myriad of safety hazards that can surprise even the most experienced motorcyclist.Motorcycle-500x334-300x200

Hazardous Roadway Characteristics

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement concerning roadway characteristics which pose a hazard to motorcyclists. The following are listed in the MSF and NHTSA statement:

  • Excessively high pavement ridges;
  • Potholes;
  • Slick materials used to repair cracks and other road surface blemishes;
  • Fluid spills;
  • Roadway debris;
  • Metal roadway surfaces;
  • Roadside barriers; and
  • Work-zone signage practices.

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Being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Hampshire can have many steep potential penalties. Perhaps higher penalties than the accused DWI driver ever expected. Like any criminal charge, the penalties will speak to the severity of the situation, a regular DWI charge will, of course, be a lesser charge than an Aggravated DWI especially if one or more children under the age of 16 are present in the vehicle when arrested. If you also have the unfortunate circumstance to be going through a custody battle at the time of your arrest your chances at obtaining custody may diminish.DWI-with-child-300x150

Aggravated DWI in New Hampshire

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Riding a motorcycle down the open road can be invigorating. However, there are risks that come with riding a motorcycle and sharing the road with other vehicles. Dangerous road conditions and negligent drivers are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire. In February 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the 2016 data on “Traffic Safety Facts” for Motorcycles. Some of the key findings about motorcycles on the road in 2016 are as follows:

  • There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, a 5.1% increase from 2015;
  • Fatalities for motorcycle riders was nearly 28 times higher than passenger vehicle fatalities based on miles traveled;
  • 57% of motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas; and
  • 97% of motorcycle fatalities occurred under cloudy or clear conditions.statutelimitations3c6-2a2d22b30d9a-300x180

Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident in New Hampshire

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Hudson law enforcement say that a Nashua, New Hampshire man has been arrested for drunk driving charges after he rear-ended another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Police were called to Lowell Road, in Hudson, around 5:30 p.m. in response to a two-car accident. A 2018 Toyota Camry rear-ended a 2018 Subaru Impreza as it was traveling as it was heading north on Lowell Road at a high rate of speed.dwi-arrest-300x225

Both the driver and the passenger in the Subaru were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital to treat minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated in New Hampshire

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Some of the dangers involved with riding a motorcycle may be clearer than others. Motorcyclists should, of course, be ever vigilant but they are unable to control every factor they may face while driving. Dangerous road conditions can creep up on a motorcycle driver in no time and it is an important part of motorcycle safety to review what types of hazardous roadways may be lurking. bad-road-300x226

Hazardous Roadways in New Hampshire

Some of the most dangerous roads in New Hampshire cannot be avoided or controlled by motorcyclists. Often, roadways that become hazardous to motorcyclists may be due to construction, neglect to upkeep roadways causing potholes, and even inclement weather can turn a roadway dangerous. The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle safety training utilizes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation “Motorcycle Operator Manual” for New Hampshire motorcycle training courses. The manual outlines some of the most prominent dangerous roadway conditions for motorcycle operators.

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A woman driving on Route 9, near Nelson, New Hampshire, was involved in a head-on collision that resulted in the serious injury of two people traveling in the vehicle she struck. New Hampshire State Police say that the woman was driving east on Route 9, under the influence of alcohol and using an electronic mobile device, when the accident occurred. She was charged with Aggravated DWI and vehicular assault. https://www.nhlegalblog.com/files/2018/10/aggdui.image_-300x169.jpg

Aggravated DWI in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, a person is guilty of “Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated” if a person drives, operates, or attempts to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or any substance that impairs the person’s ability to drive, or has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more and at the time alleged:

  • “Drives or operates at a speed more than 30 miles per hour in excess of the speed limit;
  • Causes a motor vehicle, boating, or OHRV collision resulting in serious bodily injury to the person or another;
  • Attempts to elude pursuit by a law enforcement officer by increasing speed, extinguishing headlamps or, in the case of a boat, navigational lamps while still in motion, or abandoning a vehicle, boat, or OHRV while being pursued; or
  • Carries as a passenger a person under the age of 16.”

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A jury convicted a Manchester, New Hampshire man of drug trafficking this week. Police came to the man’s house after he was shot during a home invasion. When police asked to search the premises, the man refused. Police obtained a search warrant and found 5.5 ounces of crack cocaine, as well as $600 cash in a safe within the home.

The man represented himself in court, remarking in his opening statement to the jury that the police would not be able to prove that he possessed any drugs. Ultimately, that same jury convicted the man on the charge of trafficking crack cocaine. Due to the fact that he has prior possession charges, the man could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.drug1

Drug Possession in New Hampshire

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