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Portsmouth DUI Lawyers

Portsmouth Lawyers Experienced in DUI, Criminal, and Civil Matters

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County with a population of about 21,000 residents. The city is known for its historic charm and tourist attractions, including the USS Albacore Museum, Prescott Park, the Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Portsmouth Harbor Trail. Downtown Portsmouth offers a number of shops and restaurants, such as Tugboat Alley and the Book and Bar. If you are a resident of Portsmouth and are facing a difficult legal situation, you need to reach out to a skilled attorney who can make sure that your voice is heard. Whether you have been charged with a DUI, are facing a criminal or family law matter, or have been injured in an accident, we are ready to help. With 20 years of experience, our Portsmouth DUI lawyers understand how to keep your record clean. We can also assist you with fighting other types of criminal charges or with navigating through a divorce or a personal injury claim.


In New Hampshire, the offense of drunk driving involves having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was impaired, or situations in which your driving ability was actually impaired. For drivers under the age of 21, the maximum BAC is 0.02 percent. It is important to note that New Hampshire law also prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. Whether it is an over-the counter drug or a prescription drug, anything that impairs a person’s ability to drive can form the basis of a DUI or DWI charge.

The consequences of these charges depend on the amount of alcohol or drugs in your system, as well as if you ever have had any prior convictions. Generally, however, drivers convicted of a DUI may face a range of penalties, including fines, community service, loss of driving privileges, a criminal record, and even jail time. Other factors, such as driving drunk with a child in the car, may result in a harsher sentence. However, our DUI attorneys can help Portsmouth residents work to minimize or avert the consequences of a charge.

Other Criminal Cases

As in DUI cases, the burden of proof in any other criminal case is on the state. The state must prove each element of the charge “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the highest standard of proof in the legal system. In many cases, it is possible to argue that the state cannot meet this burden of proof with regard to one or more elements. For example, the state may not have sufficient proof that the defendant had control over the drugs in a drug possession case, or it may not be able to disprove a claim of self-defense in an assault case. At other times, there may be a viable defense related to an element of intent or another mental state.

Family Law and Other Civil Matters

In addition to serving as Portsmouth DUI attorneys and handling other types of criminal cases, we represent clients in civil matters such as family law proceedings. Family law claims typically include issues such as divorce, child custody, and child support. Also, with many divorces comes the issue of property division, and you can trust that we understand how to handle those complexities as well.

We also represent victims of accidents in personal injury claims, which typically arise when you or someone close to you is injured because of someone else’s negligence. Some examples of these accidents include car crashes, slip and falls, medical negligence, defective product accidents, and injuries that occur on the job. We can analyze the circumstances of your accident and help you pursue the compensation that you need for your harm.

Contact a DUI Lawyer in the Portsmouth Area or Seek Assistance with Another Criminal or Civil Case

If you are in need of legal advice or representation in the Portsmouth are, it is important to reach out to a seasoned attorney without delay. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., we are committed to protecting the rights of New Hampshire residents through every step of the legal process. You can rest assured that we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. To discuss your case in more detail, you can call us at 888-511-1010 or 603-624-3700. Also, you can contact us online.

Client Reviews
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.
Jim Tenn is unlike any other lawyer you will meet. I first met Jim when my life was falling apart... Jim worked tirelessly for me, and on behalf of my two children to get the best possible results in a case fraught with difficulties and unnecessary complications. At what is undoubtedly the lowest point in your life, you need someone who has your back and protects your interests while you're frantically trying to keep things together. Jim Tenn is the man to hire. H.E.
Jim is an excellent and very thorough divorce attorney who examined every possible aspect of my case. I found his knowledge of the law and his courtroom capabilities to be outstanding. He deserves the reputation that he has as one of New Hampshire Super Lawyers. It is very comforting having an attorney whom you can trust during difficult personal issues. Jim Tenn is that lawyer. Thank you for all your help Jim. Anne