DUI Penalties

DWI Penalties In New Hampshire

Drunk driving arrests happen to people from all walks of life. Beyond the shock and the shame that you may feel, it is important to be informed as you face the challenge of defending your record and your future.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, your top priorities are to keep your driving privileges, stay out of jail, and prevent having a criminal record if possible. Even for first-time offenders, drunk driving consequences can be harsh - and they are even harsher for repeat offenders. Driver's license suspension, fines and jail sentences are all potential results of a DWI conviction.

Knowing what DWI penalties you may face can help give you the determination you need to fight your drunk driving charges.

  • First-offense DWI is a six demerit point offense. It can result in a maximum fine of $1,200 - plus a 24 percent penalty assessment - and loss of license for up to two years.
  • Second-offense DWI is a six demerit point offense. It can result in a maximum jail sentence of one year, a fine of $2,000 - plus a 24 percent penalty assessment - and a three-year loss of license. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device for a maximum of two years.
  • Third-offense DWI is a six demerit point offense. It can result in a maximum jail sentence of one year, a fine of $2,000 - plus a 24 percent penalty assessment - and an indefinite court-ordered loss of license. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device for a maximum of two years.
  • Fourth-offense DWI is a six demerit point offense with a minimum jail sentence of six months, a minimum fine of $750 - plus a 24 percent penalty assessment - and an indefinite court-ordered loss of license. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device for a maximum of two years.

Additionally, an individual can be charged with felony or misdemeanor DWI based on the circumstances. No matter the severity of your charge, you need a skilled defender on your side. With more than 30 years of experience as a trial litigator and negotiator, Attorney Richard C. Follender has the knowledge necessary to defend you from the full force of the criminal justice system.

If you are facing DWI charges, we invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. Working with an experienced lawyer gives you the chance to fight back and protect your freedom.