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Facing an arrest when you livTenn-small-town-dui-300x242e in a small town can be embarrassing on top of the fear you’ll face of the possible consequences of a conviction. When you’re facing a DWI or DUI arrest in a small town, you may also face damage to your personal and professional reputation. So, let’s examine the possible consequences of a DWI or DUI conviction in New Hampshire and what you can do to retain your good reputation.

DWI and DUI Penalties

In New Hampshire, both DWI and DUI are used interchangeably for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are several penalty possibilities depending on whether this is your first offense and aggravating factors.

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If you’ve been arrested and charged with DWI, one of the biggest dilemmas you will likely face is whether to tell your employer about it–and if so, what you should say. Are you required to tell your boss about the DWI? Could you lose your job over it? The answers to these questions may depend on your situation and circumstances, so let’s dive a bit deeper.

When Are You Required to Disclose a DWI to Your Employer?Tenn-boss-249x300

To be clear, there is no law on the books that explicitly requires you to report a DWI to your current employer—and in fact, the law places some limits on what an employer may ask about your criminal record. However, there are a few exceptions in which you must disclose a DWI to your boss. For example:

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If you are arrested and convicted one time for DWI, it could be attributed to a misunderstanding or a lapse in judgment. If you’re arrested for repeated DWIs, it signals a possible problem. If you find yourself caught in a repeated DWI cycle, you’re not alone–but you’re still in a dangerous position. As many as one-third of all DWI arrests are for repeat offenders, and according to MADD, 91 percent of alcohol-related fatalities are committed by repeat offenders.

If you have multiple DWIs, you’re at risk for a host of consequences, including unemployment, loss of driving privileges, higher insurance rates, and jail time–not to mention an increased chance of causing injury or death to yourself and others. The best way to break this cycle is to understand its root causes and then take tangible steps to disrupt the cycle.


Why People Commit Repeat DWIs

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The National Driver License Compact program is a voluntary agreement among U.S. states to share information about driving-related arrests, charges, and convictions, including the administrative penalties that may come with them. The program is operated by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). About 43 states currently participate in the program, including New Hampshire.

Under the National Driver License Compact, driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, charges, and convictions that happen in any one state don’t stay in that state. Instead, states inform one another of a driver’s previous record. This means that if you’re arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you’ll face similar consequences, whether your arrest occurs inside New Hampshire or outside of it. Being arrested or charged while vacationing in another state, for instance, may “follow you home.” You may return to New Hampshire to find that your license has been suspended or revoked, that you are facing DUI charges, or that other penalties await.

Being charged with drunk driving in New Hampshire or any other state can have severe consequences, even if you are never actually convicted. If you’re facing charges, please don’t hesitate to call an aggressive New Hampshire DUI defense attorney at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. We can fight on your behalf during every step of the process, from challenging an administrative license suspension to seeking the best possible result at trial. For a free and confidential phone consultation, call us today at (603) 624-3700.

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The Super Bowl is the highlight of the year for football fans, especially when a local team is playing. In 2012, the New England Patriots face off against the New York Giants. With both teams so close to home, New Hampshire Super Bowl parties are likely to be a blast this year. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, the NFL (National Football League) offers several ways you can help yourself and your guests avoid a New Hampshire drunk driving charge.

  • Make sure all guests have a sober ride home before they break out the drinks. Designated drivers, taxis, and public transportation are all good options for those who want to enjoy alcohol during the Super Bowl.
  • Give designated drivers the star treatment. Keep their non-alcoholic beverage topped off and give them the first shot at the snacks. Have designated drivers park in easy-to-reach spots, so it’s no trouble for them or their passengers to reach the car once it’s time to go home.
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New Hampshire law requires some people who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles. The device requires the driver to give a breath sample before starting the car and at random intervals while driving. If the sample tests positive for alcohol, the car will not start or will not keep running. But how reliable are these devices at measuring whether a driver has been drinking?

According to the U.S. National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ignition interlock devices should accurately detect a driver’s blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, 90 percent of the time. This means that under ideal conditions, your ignition interlock device will accurately measure and record your BAC – or lack thereof – every 9 out of 10 times you blow into it.

Several different conditions can cause the device to get its measurements wrong, however. If your breath sample is too small, for instance, the machine may not be able to get an accurate reading. Likewise, if you have used mouthwash or medication containing alcohol, the machine might detect this on your breath and refuse to start. Waiting 15 to 20 minutes after using these products before starting your car will allow any alcohol in your mouth to dissipate, increasing the chances of an accurate reading.

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The number of citations and arrests New Hampshire police made over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wasn’t unusual for this time of year, according to a recent article in the Nashua Telegraph. This year, however, nobody lost their lives in an auto accident over the holiday, continuing New Hampshire’s trend toward making 2011 the safest road travel year the state has yet seen.

Police stopped a total of 3,651 vehicles on New Hampshire roads from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. About 840 of these stops resulted in tickets for speeding. A total of 34 stops, or about 1 percent of the total, resulted in arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). This number is slightly lower than the New Hampshire average of 8 DUI arrests per day.

According to the New Hampshire State Police, publicizing their increased enforcement efforts over Thanksgiving and encouraging other drivers to call police if they see suspicious or dangerous driving behavior has contributed to the decrease in both arrests on suspicion of DUI and traffic accident deaths. Police say drivers are more likely to think twice before getting behind the wheel if they’ve had alcohol, and drivers also drive more carefully if they know police are out in force or sobriety checkpoints have been set up.

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The laws in New Hampshire and other states that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI) do result, in some cases, with individuals facing arrest and conviction. However, according to researchers like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), heavy DUI penalties aren’t just for punishment. Rather, the IIHS has explained that DUI laws play an important role by preventing some drivers from getting behind the wheel at all.

According to the IIHS, many drivers who may be intoxicated or impaired are never stopped by law enforcement. Even increased patrol efforts like the saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints that New Hampshire police relied on over Labor Day cannot stop every driver. Therefore, law enforcement officials rely on deterrence: let the public know there are hefty consequences for drunk driving, and people will think about whether or not they are too impaired to drive legally or safely. People who think they are too impaired won’t drive and fewer drivers will be arrested on suspicion of DUI.

For instance, the IIHS recommends that people who may be impaired can call a friend, ride with a designated driver, take a cab or public transportation, walk, or switch to non-alcoholic drinks and wait out the time needed to “sober up.” All of these choices decrease the chance a driver will be arrested for DUI, and they help that person travel safely.

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Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Westminster was arrested this past weekend in Jaffrey, New Hampshire for driving while intoxicated. According to an article on, the 29-year-old man was arrested Friday March 5, 2010 after he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup truck and struck a tree before ultimately crashing into a snowbank.

Police received an anonymous call reporting a single-car crash and arrived at the scene around 6:40 p.m. The driver then took a Breathalyzer test, blowing a .12. The legal Blood Alcohol Content limit for driving in New Hampshire is .08. Police proceeded to the station where the chairman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

DUI and DWI offenses in the state of New Hampshire can lead to devastating consequences. Often times, police will confiscate the license of the arrested person and issue a notice for a 30-day suspension, which could be extended, pending a court decision. Fortunately, there is a way for those accused of DWI to get help. What many people do not realize is that breathalyzers and field sobriety tests are not always accurate; and many arresting officers are unfamiliar with proper procedures or fail to follow directions when using such devices.

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