The New Hampshire State Liquor Commissioner has been charged with driving while intoxicated after being arrested on Saturday, April 17. According to a wmur.com article, the Commissioner was pulled over near Gilford and failed a field sobriety test before refusing to submit to a breathalyzer. He was taken to Belknap County Jail and charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding before being released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.
Field sobriety tests (SFST’s) in New Hampshire are subjective experiments conducted by law enforcement officials to determine if a person was driving while impaired. These tests are performed in order to evaluate coordination, mental awareness, motor function, and ability to pay attention. A person may refuse to submit to such tests by communicating to the officer that he/she wishes to speak to an attorney. Given their subjective nature, field sobriety tests are prone to inaccuracies and flaws. For example, it is possible to fail such a test due to nervousness, poor balance, or a legitimate medical condition. If you have been subjected to field sobriety tests and subsequently charged with DWI, you will need to contact a New Hampshire DWI lawyer who can help you contest the officer’s subjective findings and the charge.
The skilled and aggressive DWI lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. may be able to establish that such SFST’s tests were flawed, inaccurate or that the results were otherwise wrongly interpreted. Before you plead guilty to a DWI in New Hampshire, speak to an experienced DWI lawyer in New Hampshire about your case. The attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. frequently handle criminal and administrative hearings related to DWI charges and are here to ensure that your case is handled effectively. Call (888) 332-5855 for an immediate free consultation.