When you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in the state of New Hampshire, it is normal to feel intimidated by the court process and worried about the case outcome and possible penalties. It is crucial for defendants to contact legal representation as soon as they are arrested. Drunk driving cases are aggressively prosecuted, and a conviction can have serious consequences on the defendant's personal and professional life.
As soon as you get in contact with a criminal defense attorney, the defense process begins, starting with gathering as much evidence as possible related to the case and how it was handled by the arresting and investigating officers. Sometimes, it can feel like once you are charged with a crime, you are just pushed through the system; however, with a knowledgeable attorney guiding you the process, it can help you feel like you are better prepared and ready to face the courts.
A criminal defense attorney will work to gather and review all of the evidence relating to your case, including whether there was probable cause for the initial traffic stop, whether the officer followed the proper procedures for administering any field sobriety tests and whether the Breathalyzer equipment was functioning correctly.
If problems with the evidence or arrest procedures are found, it may be possible for certain evidence to be deemed inadmissible or for the case to be thrown out entirely. Even in the case of a conviction, a DUI attorney may be able to help you understand alternative options, such as alcohol counseling, or understand how the penalties will affect your life going forward.