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Manchester DUI/DWI Lawyers

Legal Guidance for Manchester Residents Charged with DWIManchester, NH DUI/DWI

An arrest for driving while intoxicated can have serious consequences if you do not take steps to protect your rights. One critical decision is the choice of a lawyer to represent you against the prosecution. People who have been charged with drunk driving in the Manchester area can consult the DUI defense attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. We can explore your options with you and craft a strategy tailored to your situation.

Fighting DWI Charges in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, most drivers are prohibited from operating any vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or more. The BAC limit for drivers under 21 is .02 percent, while commercial drivers have a .04 percent BAC limit.

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, he or she will likely ask you a series of questions, followed by a request to take one or more field sobriety tests. The officer may then ask you to blow into a preliminary breath test device. The results of these tests, or the refusal to submit to any of them, may give the officer probable cause to arrest you if he or she believes you were driving while impaired to any extent. After a DWI/DUI arrest, a driver is taken to the police station and given the choice of a breath or blood test to determine his or her BAC level.

After being charged with DWI, you may face two battles: criminal prosecution in state court and administrative penalties. If you are convicted in court, you may face a fine of at least $500, required participation in an impaired driver intervention program, and a driver’s license revocation. If the circumstances are aggravated, the sentence may also include mandatory jail time, residential treatment at your expense, and other penalties. In many cases, an effective and strong defense strategy can potentially lead to a more favorable outcome, including receiving a lesser charge, a favorable plea deal, or a dismissal of the charges.

Administrative License Suspension

In addition to criminal charges, there are also potential administrative penalties stemming from a drunk driving arrest. Under New Hampshire’s implied consent law, when you receive a driver’s license you consent to submit to a chemical test, such as a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test, if a police officer has probable cause to believe you have been driving while intoxicated. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer to determine your BAC, the officer must explain the implied consent law and warn you of its consequences. If you still refuse, you may face serious penalties, including an automatic administrative license suspension (ALS) after 30 days. Failure to request an administrative hearing within the 30-day period will result in the automatic suspension of your driver license for at least six months, and possibly up to two years, depending on your prior record and the circumstances of the incident. While you do have the right to request a hearing within the 30-day period before the ALS goes into effect, it can be challenging to overcome, which is why retaining a qualified attorney to represent you at the hearing and any subsequent appeal may be beneficial.

Consult a Manchester Attorney to Protect Your Rights Against DUI Prosecution

The DUI lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. regularly handle DWI cases and other criminal defense matters for individuals in Manchester. We will guide you through the legal process and explain your rights and options under the law. Contact the team at Tenn And Tenn by calling us toll-free at (888) 511-1010, locally at (603) 624-3700, or completing our online form.

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From the very first phone call with Tenn And Tenn, until the day my motorcycle accident case was settled, John and his terrific staff have been nothing short of amazing. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Tenn And Tenn are the best injury lawyers in New Hampshire. They updated me frequently on the status of my case, answered all my question and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Mark P.
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