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Defendants can minimize the impact of drunk driving charges

Drivers accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel often face a system that feels as though it is working against them. Drunk driving charges in New Hampshire can range from misdemeanors to felonies, may be considered aggravated and can even be based upon how many times an individual has been arrested on previous DWI allegations. However, virtually all defendants suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated will have to deal with possibly losing their licenses.

A first offense for driving while intoxicated usually leads to the revocation of driving privileges for anywhere from 90 days all the way up to two years. This administrative penalty is in addition to criminal consequences, such as jail time and fines. However, unlike criminal consequences, it is possible to avoid the revocation of driving privileges by requesting an administrative hearing in a timely manner. In some instances, defendants can be granted the right to retain their privileges or to utilize a special license that permits them to drive under certain circumstances.

The loss of a license is not the only issue with which defendants struggle when dealing with criminal court proceedings. Drivers who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test tend to face unfair judgment from the public. This tends to hold true even if the refusal was a result of what the driver perceived to be an unjust traffic stop.

Criminal defendants have the right to their innocence unless a prosecutor is able to definitively prove otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt. Still, most New Hampshire drivers accused of drunk driving do not feel as if this vital right is respected or upheld. By handling issues such as license revocation early on and strategizing on possible defense platforms in a timely manner, defendants can usually minimize the impact of these charges on their lives.

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