In New Hampshire, impaired driving occurs anytime someone is operating a vehicle at the same time that the brain is being impaired by any substance. Though impaired driving comes in many forms, one of the most common is drunk driving.
According to statistics published by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, around 300,000 people drive drunk each day. Only around 4,000 of those individuals are arrested. Though you might think that makes your chances of begin caught driving impaired minimal, the costs of a DUI are serious if you are arrested.
Consequences for driving drunk can begin even before any case is launched. Driving drunk puts you and others at risk -- you could be seriously injured or die in an accident. Even if you aren't injured, the financial cost of a DUI can range from $9,000 to $24,000 and can include things such as loss of wages and paying for alternative transport if your license is suspended.
Obviously, the best way to avoid the costs of a DUI charge are to avoid drinking and driving. Situations do happen, though, and individuals can even drive impaired without realizing it after a meal or drink with friends. If you are facing a DUI charge or OUI offense, then taking action early to provide a proper defense can mitigate some of the cost of the charge.
A solid defense may help individuals avoid a DUI conviction or reduce the consequences of a conviction. Criminal defense is important for any DUI charge, but costs grow with each additional conviction, making it important to be vigilant for secondary charges.
Source: Collective Action Issue Brief #6–September 2014, "Impaired Driving in NH" Oct. 03, 2014