Individuals who are convicted of drunk driving charges in New Hampshire may face a variety of consequences. In most cases, when other charges are not relevant, the type and seriousness of the sentence depends on whether someone has been convicted of drunk driving before.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, evaluation and treatment by a state-approved organization may reduce sentencing, particularly in regard to license revocation. Individuals convicted of a first drunk driving offense must have an intake screening completed within 14 days of the conviction. The screening is performed by the Impaired Driver Care Management Program.
If the IDCMP screening indicates that the individual has a substance abuse problem, a full evaluation and treatment plan completed through IDCMP is required for reduction of sentencing. If the screening is not positive, individuals must complete a Weekend Impaired Driver Education Program or Impaired Driver Education Program. Individuals that don't comply with the programs will have their licensed revoked until they do so.
Second DUI convictions, or drunk driving convictions that are accompanied by aggravated charges, come with a minimum sentence of five days in jail. Some portion of the sentence may be suspended if the individual is compliant with the substance abuse evaluation and program.
The above rules went into place on Jan. 1, 2013. Individuals who were convicted of a drunk driving offense prior to that date may face a different set of rules for new convictions. Because of the complexity of drunk driving sentencing rules, and the role that the number of convictions plays, it's important to seek a solid criminal defense for every allegation of DUI.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, "Impaired Driving Program" Aug. 22, 2014