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Ask a New Hampshire DWI lawyer: How to avoid drinking and driving

Recently on this blog, we've gone over the ins and outs of DWI laws in the Granite State in an effort to make drivers aware of the kinds of consequences they may face if they are charged with this offense. A first-time DWI conviction, for example, could require you to pay a $500 fine and lose your license for up to two years.

The good news is that preventing a DWI is easy, as long as you're able to know your limit and use good judgment after you've consumed alcohol. In this post, we'll outline some of the simplest ways you can avoid drinking and driving:

Assign a designated driver - If you're going out drinking with a group of friends, it's a good idea to determine who will be driving beforehand. This way, the designated driver can know ahead of time that he or she will be responsible for this task and plan accordingly throughout the night.

Call a cab - In some cases, no one will volunteer to be the designated driver, and that's okay, because taking a taxi is another easy option. And, if you're with a number of people, you may be able to split the tab so you're each only paying a few dollars.

Confiscate keys - Part of being a good friend means preventing the people you care about from making potentially dangerous or illegal decisions. If you believe one of your friends is too drunk to safely operate a vehicle, don't be afraid to take his or her keys and help him or her find an alternative method of transportation.

If you've been charged with DWI in the Granite State, contact a New Hampshire DWI attorney who can help you through the legal process.

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