New Hampshire Driving under the Influence of Drugs
When most people think about driving while intoxicated (DWI), they think it only involves alcohol; however, you can also be arrested in New Hampshire for driving under the influence of drugs. In fact, consumption of any type of substance or drug—illegal or prescription—could result in a DWI charge if it impairs your ability to drive. If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, hiring a qualified New Hampshire DWI defense attorney is strongly recommended.
When an officer believes that a driver is under the influence of intoxicating substances, he or she will call in a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to conduct an investigation. A DRE is an officer who has received special training to identify when a person is on drugs. During the investigation, the DRE officer will use a 12-step process to identify the type of drugs that have been used.
DRE officers are required to conduct the 12-step process in a standardized manner. After the investigation is complete, the DRE officer will give his or her opinion on the type of drug that was consumed. In addition, the individual suspected of DWI may also be asked to submit to a blood or urine test to further discover the substance type and amount consumed.
Like DWI, driving under the influence of drugs carries harsh penalties. For a first offense, you could be sentenced to jail time, fines, and a suspended driver’s license. The punishment is increased for each subsequent offense, meaning your amount of jail time and fines may be raised.
In addition to these penalties, you will be burdened with a criminal record that could follow you the rest of your life. This can make applying to jobs or schooling a more difficult process. Your auto insurance rates may also be substantially increased once your insurer learns about your drug offense.