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Potential drunk driving punishments in New Hampshire

Getting arrested on drunk driving charges in New Hampshire is not the worst thing that can happen to you, but it could result in penalties if you are convicted. For this reason, New Hampshire residents may want to familiarize themselves of the potential punishments related to a DUI conviction -- especially if they have been accused of the crime.

When considering what kind of punishments could be forthcoming in the event of a DUI conviction, remember that no two DUI or DWI cases are alike. Indeed, if your DUI conviction involves a traffic accident, injuries or drugs, it could affect the potential punishments. Similarly, whether the incident was a first, second or third offense could also affect punishments.

In New Hampshire, when an individual is convicted of first-offense DUI, he or she could be punished with a maximum of a 6-month license suspension. For a second offense, the maximum suspension is three years; for a third offense, the maximum is five years. The convicted DUI driver will also be forced to complete mandatory alcohol education classes and mandatory treatment and assessment for alcohol-related conditions. In some situations, New Hampshire drivers will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles following a DUI conviction.

A DUI arrest also puts drivers at risk of other penalties, like fines, jail time and the need to complete community service. However, it is difficult to predict these kinds of punishments without an individualized review of the case at hand. Generally, if a car accident with property damages, injuries and/or death occurred in conjunction with a DUI arrest, drivers can expect to face harsher penalties and the threat of jail time.

Source: Findlaw, "State by state DUI penalties" accessed Feb. 27, 2015

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