Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Almost everyone is also taking risks on this national day of partying that they would not normally take. Even if you are not one of them, their unreasonable behavior can lead to you getting hurt if you are not careful and taking extra precautions. Continue reading →
Driving a motorcycle can be an exciting experience. The open road ahead of you, the wind billowing around you, it’s thrilling. But if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, that freedom can be revoked quickly. Motorcycle riders across the state are more at risk for crashes than regular motor vehicle drivers. In fact, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Continue reading →
Getting a phone call from the police that your teenager has been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is among the worst any parent can receive. New Hampshire penalties for underage DWI are harsh, and a DWI conviction on a teenager’s record can have long-lasting consequences that can follow them for a long time.
If you are a concerned parent in this situation, here is how you can help your child through the next steps of the legal process:
New Hampshire takes the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) that results in an injury (sometimes called DUI with injury) extremely seriously. If you caused a serious injury to another person or yourself while under the influence of a drug or alcohol, you may be charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Aggravated DWI)—a class B felony that carries mandatory jail time, driver’s license suspension, and significant fines and other associated Continue reading →
Facing an arrest when you live 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.
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.
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:
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
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 â€œfollow you home.â€ 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.
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.
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.