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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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Many of the people who get arrested for a crime in New Hampshire every day have never been arrested before. Having never been thrown into the criminal justice system, these people do not fully know what to expect, beyond what they may have seen on TV shows or in the movies. Unfortunately, the media does not often portray the criminal justice system correctly, taking huge liberties to make things seem more dramatic than they really are.

A common source of confusion for people who have never been arrested before is how bail works, and why it exists.Bail-300x198

How Bail Works

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun 2016: What Not To Do

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day is always a blast in the state of New Hampshire. Many towns such as Manchester offer parades and festivities to celebrate the Irish culture, offering dancing, drinks and more. The 21st Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Sunday, March 29th. When you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it can be fun to dress in all green, have a few beers and spend time with family and friends. However, there are aspects of the celebration that can have an unsafe affect, such as drinking and driving. Below are a few tips on what not to do as you celebrate the unique holiday.St. Paddy's Day

Avoid Drinking Too Much

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works with state governments nationwide, including New Hampshire, to track drunk driving arrests. The data gathered paints a picture of when, where, and how New Hampshire drivers are more likely to be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

For instance, data gathered from 2000-2008 showed that the most drunk driving arrests occur in June, July, and August in New Hampshire. Police departments often decide to set up sobriety checkpoints more often during these months. Fridays and Saturdays are the most common days of the week for DUI-related arrests. Most of the New Hampshire drivers arrested on suspicion of DWI are also arrested between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., regardless of the day of the week or the month. In contrast, less than 20 percent of all DUI arrests occur between 4:00 a.m. and noon each day.

The NHTSA and the state of New Hampshire use this information to decide when, where, and how to distribute police officers and other resources to ensure that drunk driving arrests take dangerous drivers off the roads as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, increasing patrols to crack down on drunk driving can mean that important details, like observing drivers’ legal rights or ensuring a driver has actually violated New Hampshire law, get pushed aside.