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A driver who is convicted of certain traffic or criminal violations may be designated a “habitual offender” by the Division of Motor Vehicles. Being put on “habitual offender” status may result in losing one’s license for up to four (4) additional years. Anyone charged with DWI must carefully consider the possibility of being certified as a Habitual Offender.

The list of convictions that may trigger habitual offender certification is long, and it includes several drunk-driving-related convictions. These include driving under the influence of drugs or liquor (DUI) and aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI), as well as several offenses that might be connected to a DUI/DWI in certain cases, such as reckless driving. If a driver is convicted of at least three of these offenses, he or she may be certified a “habitual offender.”

Several less-serious convictions can also result in a habitual offender designation if a driver receives twelve or more convictions for them. While these convictions may apply to drivers who are sober, they may also apply in certain DWI cases, depending on the facts. These convictions include illegally crossing solid lines on highways, speeding, not meeting New Hampshire license requirements, and failing to provide an SR-22 proof of insurance when required. An SR-22 is frequently required after a DUI conviction, so drivers who have been convicted of one of these offenses are at risk of another conviction if they don’t provide the required SR-22.

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Penalties for a DWI in New Hampshire can vary widely depending on the level of intoxication, whether it’s a first or subsequent offense, in addition to other factors.

Several DUI penalties depend on the level of intoxication, determined by the level of alcohol in the blood. For example, in New Hampshire, anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is deemed to be intoxicated. No additional proof of intoxication is needed. Individuals under age 21 who have a BAC of .02 are considered to be intoxicated. In New Hampshire, individuals with a BAC of .16 or over will face greater penalties, such as extra time in jail or larger fines.

In New Hampshire, drivers whose BAC level is above the limit for intoxication or those who refuse to take a chemical test to determine intoxication will have their driver’s licenses suspended for at least six months, possibly more, depending on the outcome of their case. After a second offense, the license is suspended for three years and a third offense results in a five year suspension.

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Candia is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire with an estimated population of 4,177. As a relatively busy town, Candia residents and visitors enjoy a wide range of activities at the local Liquid Planet Water Park, Charmingfare Farm, Candia Vineyards, Fitts Museum, and other establishments. Candia has a land area of 30.3 square miles and a population density of 137.4 persons. Two major state highways, Route 43 and Route 101 pass through Candia, putting law enforcement on particular alert for drunk drivers.

Being arrested for drunk driving in Candia is something that no one ever expects will happen to them. An individual may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), otherwise referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), in addition to being charged with the per se law of driving with 0.08% or higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, there is room for error and inaccuracy in blood alcohol testing and preliminary breath testing used to determine a person’s BAC.

Some potential Candia DUI penalties include license suspension, jail time, large fines, points on your driver’s license, and attending an impaired driver intervention program. However, these consequences may only be the beginning for someone who has had previous DWI convictions in New Hampshire. Whether you or someone you care about has been arrested for DUI as a first offense or DUI causing injury, seeking legal counsel and representation from an experienced Candia DWI defense lawyer can make all the difference in retaining driving privileges and obtaining a positive case outcome.