New Hampshire DWI Misdemeanor
While most New Hampshire driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are classified as a misdemeanor, they still carry serious penalties, which could include fines, a suspended driver’s license, and even time behind bars. In addition, you will develop a criminal record that can be easily accessed by the public—including potential employers. If you are currently face a New Hampshire DWI misdemeanor charge, an experienced lawyer can help you fight your case to avoid a life-altering conviction.
The penalties for a misdemeanor DWI conviction depend on the number of prior offenses on your record. If this is your first offense, you will probably not be required to serve jail time; however, your license could be suspended for a period of nine months to two years and you will be ordered to pay at least $500 in fines plus a 20% surcharge.
For a second misdemeanor offense, you can be sentenced to serve time at a county correctional facility and complete a seven-day inpatient multiple offender program. Your license suspension period will be increased and your fines may be raised.
In some cases, the court may order you to have an ignition interlock device installed in all vehicles registered in your name. This small device, which can be installed on your dashboard, works as a mini-breathalyzer. Before you can start the car, you must blow into a tube so it can measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). If your BAC is over a preset limit, you will be unable to driver and the failed test can be reported to the court. All of the expenses associated with the ignition interlock device, such as installation, maintenance, and rental fees, must be paid for out of pocket.
As mentioned earlier, a DWI misdemeanor conviction can result in a criminal record. Because so many employers require a background check before extending a job offer, having a criminal offense on your record could affect your employment opportunities.
Fighting your DWI charge may seem daunting; however, it is the only way to avoid these serious consequences.