In 2014, NY officers pulled over a 35-year old school teacher after stopping her for erratic driving. The school teacher failed several field sobriety tests on the scene, and a Breathalyzer later showed her blood-alcohol level to be four times the legal limit. Given these facts, this case might seem like your run-of-the-mill DWI case. However, with the help of counsel, the teacher successfully got her charges dismissed due to a rare condition called auto-brewery syndrome. Continue reading →
If you’ve been charged with driving while under the influence (DWI) in New Hampshire and hold a commercial driver’s license, you might be wondering if you will be subject to harsher punishments. In New Hampshire, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than individuals with other driver’s license classifications.
Punishments for DWI with Commercial Driver’s License
You are out with a friend. You drink one too many drinks. You attempt to drive home but cause a tragic accident instead. The friend dies and you get arrested. A night like this nobody wins. An evening of joy can turn bad really quick. It pays to be cautious when out having a drink and then deciding to drive home. Continue reading →
Getting arrested for DWI as a senior may come as a shock to you, especially if you’ve taken pride as a careful driver. But unfortunately, getting older can heighten the risk of getting charged with a DWI. 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 →
So you’re facing your third (or fourth) DWI arrest. Here in New Hampshire, that means you’re now dealing with felony charges. If convicted, you’re facing mandatory jail time, plus an indefinite suspension of your driver’s license. But beyond these challenges, you’re now wondering if something is wrong with you. Do you have a problem with alcoholism? Perhaps you’re even wondering if you were born with a propensity for DWI. Is it true? Are you somehow genetically fated to have problems with alcoholism resulting in continued DWIs?
While there certainly is a possibility that your propensity for alcohol is genetic, that does not mean you’re doomed to fight DWIs all your life. Let’s explore this question a bit further.
If you’ve ever had a DWI, you know you don’t want another one. A second offense in New Hampshire means losing your license for three full years, and a third offense means losing it indefinitely. Luckily, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several iOS and Android apps designed to keep you from getting behind the wheel when you’ve had a few too many.
The simplest sort of app for drinkers is the blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator. These programs do just what they promise: they calculate your blood alcohol content and let you know if it’s safe for you to drive. Most of them ask you to provide physical details—height, weight, gender, age—and a list of what you consume over the course of an evening. It’s only an estimate, but these apps can give you a sense of how much alcohol is in your system at any given moment. Some even have an element of fun to them. EndDUI includes several games which test your ability to focus.
New Hampshire police officers are trained to observe other drivers on the road for signs that motorists are operating while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or while intoxicated (DWI). One of the main indications that police officers look for is a driver’s inability to use “divided attention” skills.
The phrase “divided attention” simply describes the ability to do more than one task at a time. Drivers have to be able to pay attention to many things at once, such as the speed of the vehicle, the distance between their car and the one in front of them, the presence of any hazards such as barriers or pedestrians, and the directions given by street signs and traffic signals.
Alcohol consumption can make dividing attention more difficult. Intoxicated drivers will often focus on only one thing on the road and ignore all the others, no matter how important they are. For instance, an intoxicated driver may focus on the taillights of the car ahead and forget to notice or respond to a changing traffic light.