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Not all people who are charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, decide to go to trial. However, since each person charged with any crime in New Hampshire, including drunk driving, has the right to a trial, police officers who arrest drivers on suspicion of DUI must prepare to testify in court in each case.

When preparing to testify in court on New Hampshire drunk driving cases, police are trained to pay close attention to drivers that they stop on suspicion of drunk driving, as well as to take thorough notes. Officers then use their recollections from a particular shift, as well as their notes, to prepare a police report describing the events they recall happening that lead to their decision to arrest a particular driver.

Since most police officers deal with several traffic stops in one shift and several dozen stops in one week, they cannot usually recall any one traffic stop with perfect clarity. They may review their notes before trial and recite that information instead, including any errors the officer made in taking the notes in the first place.

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In order to reduce drunk driving in New Hampshire, police officers are trained to look for certain clues that may tell them if a motorist is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). The process police use to decide whether or not to arrest a driver can be broken down into three parts:

  1. Observing the Driver. When on the road, police often watch the behavior of other drivers for signs that indicate the driver may be impaired by alcohol or drugs. These may include taking certain risks, such as turning or merging too quickly into traffic, or slowed reactions to things like brake lights or stop signs.
  2. Initial Contact. When a police officer first speaks to a driver suspected of driving drunk, the officer is looking to see whether the motorist has slurred speech, poor coordination, the smell of alcohol, or open alcohol containers in the vehicle. Officers use these signs to decide whether or not to require the driver to take one or more field sobriety tests.
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Located in Rockingham County, the town of Derry is the fourth most populous community in New Hampshire with an estimated population of 34,021. Sometimes referred to by its nickname, “Space-town”, Derry is the birthplace of the first U.S. astronaut in space, Alan Shepard. The town of Derry has a population density of 950.7 people per square mile within its total area of 36.7 square miles. With some of the most densely-populated sections of the town situated on the intersection of New Hampshire Route 28 and New Hampshire Route 102, similar to other busy towns, residents and visitors of Derry encounter their share of arrests for drunk driving.

A person may be pulled over by law enforcement for DWI in Derry if he or she is seen swerving, turning illegally or suddenly, coming close to hitting an object or another vehicle, weaving across lane lines, and for other similar driving behaviors. However, a DUI arrest in New Hampshire does not automatically confirm a DWI conviction. An experienced Derry DUI defense attorney will thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your case and build a strong defense on your behalf.

At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our skilled Derry drunk driving lawyers understand the many challenges you face in the wake of a DUI arrest. Our legal team has a long history of aggressively defending individuals accused of a wide range of drunk driving offenses in New Hampshire. DWI penalties are too severe for you to delay in contacting a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-888-511-1010 for a free consultation and visit our DWI website at for more information.

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