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NH legislator considers bill that would grant driving privileges to first-time DUI offenders

The New Hampshire Legislator is currently reviewing a bill that could give individuals arrested for DUI a bit of leeway when it comes to driving privileges.

According to Foster's Daily Democrat, many people who are convicted of a DUI offense lose their jobs since they can't find transportation to get to and from work. Not only is this a burden on the individual, but also on the state and local community.

Because of this, Representative Steven Shurtleff is sponsoring a bill that would let first-time DUI offenders petition the court for permission to use their vehicle to drive themselves back and forth from their jobs, attend treatment and even bring a family member to a medical facility, if needed. The bill would require that these individuals have a special device installed in their vehicles that would test their blood-alcohol level in order to start the ignition.

The bill - which was originally introduced by Representative John Tholl during his term - has been met with both support and criticism. Christopher Casko, a representative from the Department of Safety (DOS), said that the DOS opposes it, pointing out that it could sidestep mandatory license suspensions and that, in its current form, it doesn't "limit the scope of eligibility for DUI offenders."

The Criminal Justice Committee will discuss the bill again in the coming weeks.

"You never know what a committee might do, and as I told the committee, whatever decision they make I know will be the right one," Shurtleff said.

If you have been accused of drunk driving in the Granite State, you may want to consult an experienced New Hampshire DWI defense attorney, who can argue your case in court and work to help you move on with your life.

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