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Second DUI charge for Merrimack woman after accident

On Wednesday, November 7 in Merrimack, New Hampshire, local police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred in front of a residence on Country Club Lane. When they arrived in the early morning, just after 2 a.m., they discovered a 2007 Honda Civic that had crashed into a retaining wall and sustained extensive damage. The driver, Christine Shelton, was uninjured and appeared to be the only person in the vehicle.

According to The Union Leader, Shelton had crashed into a retaining wall on her own property. After conducting an on-site investigation and performing sobriety tests, police determined that Shelton was drunk and took her into custody. She was charged with operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL).

When the group arrived at the police station and Shelton was secured, the Merrimack officers found a prior conviction for DUI on her record from October 2005. As a result, Shelton faced another charge for OUIL, second offense.

After spending the night in jail, the Merrimack resident was released on personal recognizance bail totaling $2,000. Shelton is scheduled to appear in court for an initial arraignment later this month, on November 27.

In New Hampshire, the DUI and OUIL are identical. "Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs" is the legal definition of what many call a DUI. The legal limit in the state is .08 percent. A related charge, aggravated OUIL, can be assessed if an individual tests more than double the state limit, or .16 percent.

If you have been accused of OUIL in the Granite State, an experienced New Hampshire DUI lawyer can help argue your case in court and ensure that you receive a fair trial.

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