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Steps for impaired drivers in New Hampshire

When convicted of a DUI in New Hampshire, you may be told that you have to attend a program that addresses alcohol use and impaired driving. It is very important to note that you cannot get your driver's license back until you go through the program, and you have to follow all of the instructions and regulations carefully in order to pass.

For example, you are not allowed to have any weapons at the meetings. You also cannot bring drugs or alcohol to those meetings, and you cannot show up already under the influence of said substances.

There are two different programs that may be used. The first is called the Impaired Driver Education Program, which is also known as the IDEP. You could also be asked to go to the WIDEP or the Weekend Impaired Driver Education Program. This is going to be used even after a first offense.

One other important thing to keep in mind is that some of the responsibility of setting this up is on you; the state will not necessarily do it all for you, but that does not mean it is not required. The first step is just to go to a screening. You have to call and set it up; you have just three days to do it. You are not going to be put into the program until you successfully get through the screening.

Since doing everything by the book is so important, it is crucial that you understand all of the legal steps that you need to take after you are charged with drunk driving or related offenses.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, "Important Instructions for the Driver Convicted of Driving While Impaired" Dec. 28, 2014

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