Representing Clients in Carroll, Rockingham and Strafford Counties
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense. If you are facing charges of DUI or DWI, you need aggressive and skilled legal representation from an experienced New Hampshire DUI attorney. At Kalled Law Offices, PLLC, we have over 50 years of combined experience representing clients in Ossipee and surrounding communities. We are prepared to fight for your rights and make sure that you get the strong defense that you deserve to avoid facing harsh punishments. Our firm is responsive and can represent you in or out of court. Call 603-945-7259 to schedule a consultation!
Tests Used To Show Intoxication
A few different tests are used by law enforcement to assess the condition of a driver. The blood alcohol content (BAC) is always a consideration. In New Hampshire, a BAC of .08% or higher is above the legal limit for driving. The legal limit is even lower for some drivers. For example, commercial drivers may be charged with DUI if their BAC is .04% or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 may be also be charged with underage DUI if their BAC is .02% or higher. When drivers are pulled over, the arresting officer may subject them to a number of sobriety tests, including:
- Urine testing
- Blood testing
- Balance tests
The actions of the driver are also taken into account when determining whether to charge a driver with a DWI. Even if the BAC is under the legal limit, the driver may still be arrested if a law enforcement officer believes that their driving skills are impaired. This may happen if the driver is going too slow or too fast, straddling the driving lanes, improperly passing other drivers or going over a curb. In the event that you find yourself in this situation, make sure that you contact our New Hampshire DUI lawyer immediately.
Penalties for DUI Convictions in New Hampshire
A conviction for DUI in New Hampshire can carry both criminal and administrative penalties, which vary depending on the specifics of the situation and any previous convictions. The criminal penalties may include:
- Time in jail
- Hefty fines
- Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
First-time offenders are referred to an Impaired Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP) for drug and alcohol abuse screening. Administrative penalties involve license suspension. The period of time depends on whether it is the first or a subsequent offense. Have you been arrested on suspicion of DUI? Contact our firm as soon as possible at 603-945-7259 to speak with an attorney.