DWI/DUI

If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI you need a NH DWI lawyer from Douglas, Leonard & Garvey .

NEW HAMPSHIRE DWI ATTORNEY – DWI LAWYER IN NH

NH DWI/DUI -Arrested for DWI or DUI in New Hampshire?  Most clients that contact our N.H. DWI attorneys are anxious because a conviction can mean possible jail time, heavy fines, and loss of your license. In addition, the charge has an emotional toll on you and your family. Not knowing the outcome can be highly stressful.  Our New Hampshire DWI lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey in Concord, New Hampshire will aggressively defend you.

NH DWI Lawyer

If you’ve been arrested for DWI, New Hampshire police and prosecutors will be aggressive. They have a team of people working for them to prove their case against you.

Many people ask, “Do I need a lawyer?”  You want someone with experience and a proven track record. We think you deserve that and more. Our NH DUI/DWI lawyers include a former state Supreme Court and Superior Court judge, Charles G. Douglas, III. He actually wrote the New Hampshire Evidence Manual, which is used by lawyers and judges across the state regarding evidence in court cases. “Skip Campbell” has over 20 years of experience successfully defending criminal cases and DUI/DWI in all the district, superior, and federal courts in New Hampshire.  He has been rated as a Best Lawyer in DWI/DUI defense in New Hampshire since 2009.   Skip doesn’t just handle these cases — he tries and wins them. So, when we say we have experience, our New Hampshire DUI/DWI attorneys have the type of experience you need.

New Hampshire DWI Attorney

Our NH DUI lawyers listen to your side and understand the facts. After we know this information, we develop solutions and options that are best for you. We’re not here to judge you, we are here to help you. Once the NH DUI/DWI lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey are involved, we handle all communications with prosecutors, police or other officials and bring you the peace of mind that you are not alone dealing with this burden.

New Hampshire DWI/DUI Attorneys

The DWI lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey want to successfully resolve your case by trial or negotiations and allow you to get on with your life.  Give us a call for a free evaluation of your case at 1-800-240-1988, or by filling out our free evaluation form.

DUI/DWI Practice Areas

While DWI/DUI is a common charge, our criminal lawyers handle a variety of criminal defense matters, including:

Administrative License Suspension

When you are charged with DWI/DUI you face a minimum 6 month loss of license from the DMV, in addition to the penalties you face in court.

Driver’s License Reinstatement

If you lose your license for any period of time for DUI/DWI, there are a number of obstacles to getting it back.  We help you navigate all of those hurdles.

Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests are how police officers try to establish probable cause to arrest you for DUI/DWI.  We understand every detail of these tests and know how to use them to your advantage.

DWI/DUI Penalties – First Offense

The penalties for even a 1st offense DWI or DUI are incredibly harsh in New Hampshire.  We know how to help you avoid these penalties.

Aggravated DWI

An aggravated DWI carries mandatory jail time if you are convicted.  You can be charged with aggravated DWI because of a high blood alcohol, because there was a child in the car, and for other reasons.

DWI Second Offense

Like an aggravated DWI, a second offense charge carries mandatory jail time and an extended loss of license.  It is crucial that you have the right DWI attorney to protect your rights and keep you out of jail.

DWI Trials

Skip Campbell successfully tries and wins DWI/DUI cases.  If an offer acceptable to you is not made, Skip can and will try your case.

DWI/DUI Appeals

Your DWI case can be appealed to the Superior or Supreme Court.  Our lawyers include a former judge from both of those courts.

Contact a New Hampshire DWI lawyer at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. to aggressively defend against your DWI arrest.  Our experienced NH DWI attorneys will represent you in court and administrative license suspension hearings.  If you have been charged with DWI/DUI in New Hampshire, contact our legal team of New Hampshire DWI attorneys at 1-800-240-1988 or by filling out our online form.

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Should I Take A Breath Test?

This is one of the most common questions people ask us. Unfortunately, there is no correct answer because there are so many variables. First off, the Intoxylizer 5000 breath machine that the police use is prone to user error. Second, for a variety of complicated medical reasons, the machine assumes that you have the “average” physiology. You don’t. We are all different and we all digest and burn off alcohol differently. Third, by the time the police ask you to take a breath test, you are no longer in the same condition that you were while driving. Depending on when and how much you had to drink, your BAC may be higher or lower than it was when your were actually driving. At best, the Intoxilyzer 5000 provides a rough estimate of your BAC.

The penalty for refusing to take the breath test is a 6 month loss of license. This is a significant price to pay for a refusal, but in some cases it might be the best course of action. Unfortunately, no single piece of advice applies in all possible cases.

 

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Can I Go To Jail?

If you have not been convicted of a DWI before and if you are not charged with any additional crimes, then you can relax, because the answer is “no.” If you have a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, then the law calls for a mandatory sentence of 3 days in the county jail, followed by a one-week stay at the multiple offender program.

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What Are The Possible Financial Costs?

The financial costs of a DWI conviction can differ for everyone. For a first offense, the penalty is a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $600, although the judge has discretion to fine you up to $1200. For a second offense that increases to a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $900 and the judge has discretion to impose a fine of up to $2000.

The financial costs of a DWI conviction go far beyond the court fines. A loss of your driver’s license can cost you your job. Your can see your insurance costs increase by $500-3000. There is a cost associated with the alcohol awareness and counseling programs that are a mandatory part of any sentence that ranges from $460-1200. You would need to pay a fee to the DMV $100 to have your license reinstated and possibly pay $800 to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car.

As you can see, the costs you could suffer as the result of a DWI conviction are substantial. That is another reason that you need to see an experienced lawyer to review all of your options with you.

 

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When Can I Get My License Back?

Generally, people who lose their license as a result of DWI do so for two different reasons.

New Hampshire’s DWI law contains minimum mandatory suspensions in the event of a conviction. For a first offense, the minimum license loss is 9 months and a maximum of 2 years. However, the suspension can be reduced to 90 days in some circumstances. For a second offense, the mandatory period of license suspension is 18 months and the maximum is 2 years.

In addition to the penalty that can be imposed by a judge, a person who refuses to take a breath test is subject to administrative license suspension for 180 days. If the person has a prior refusal or DWI conviction, then the administration license suspension is for 2 years. This period is in addition to any loss of license imposed by a court.

If a person takes a BAC test and receives a result of over .08 (or as low as .02 in some cases) then they also lose their license of 180 days for a first offense and 2 years for a second offense.

These periods of license suspension can vary if certain circumstances exist. You should consult with an experienced DWI attorney to make sure that you know all of your options.

 

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Why Did The Police Ask Me To Stand On One Leg?

The “one-leg test” is one of several roadside tests that the police may ask you to perform. The dirty little secret that the police will not tell you about these tests is that you are not being scored on your dexterity alone. You are also be scored on whether you followed the directions perfectly, whether you were able to stand without swaying when the instructions were being given, and several other factors as well. The police call these “divided attention tests” because they believe that the presence of alcohol diminishes you ability to perform multiple tasks at once. It is misleading for the police not to tell you this, but they do it anyway.

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How Much Can I Drink And Still Be Legal To Drive?

We are asked this question a lot, and the answer usually surprises people. You have probably seen a chart like these ones:

http://www.alcoholprev.colostate.edu/bachart.html

that estimate BAC based on body weight, amount of alcohol consumed, and the passage of time. While these give you a very rough indication of what your BAC might be, they are misleading. In order for a judge to find you guilty of DWI in New Hampshire, the police need only to show that your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol to any degree. This about that again: To any degree. I suspect that a scientist would tell you that one-half of one beer impairs your physical and mental abilities to some degree. You do not see Dale Earnhardt Jr. sipping on half a beer before a race, right? Fortunately, in all the years that I have been prosecuting and defending these cases, I have never seen anyone convicted for driving under the influence of one drink.

One of the sneaky ways that the police get people to convict themselves is to ask them to say, on a scale of 1 to 10, how “buzzed” they feel. Most people will answer by saying they feel that they are between 2 and 4 on the 10-point scale. This is sometimes enough for a judge to find a person guilty, even though they are not even approaching the “legal limit” of .08.

 

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Why Did The Police Give Me Two DWI Summonses?

If you took a breath or blood test and received a BAC result over .08, you were likely charged with two different crimes. One summons (or complaint) will allege that you drove while your ability to drive was “impaired” by alcohol. The second summons will allege only that your BAC was over .08. If the tests show that your BAC was over .08, the police do not even need to show that you were impaired at all.

The good news is that you cannot be punished twice, even if the police have charged you with two separate crimes.

 

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If I Lose My License, Can I Drive To Work?

New Hampshire law has no provision for a “work-only” or “daylight” driver’s license.

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Do I Really Have A Chance For An Acquittal?

Yes! The DWI laws are complex and that means that there are plenty of places for the police to make mistakes that can lead to an acquittal. The system is full of opportunities for human and mechanical error. Also, it is important to remember that the police have the burden to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Any of the myriad of mistakes can introduce enough doubt into a case to lead to an acquittal.

It takes years of experience to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to mount a proper defense to a DWI charge. If you are charged with DWI, make sure you work with a lawyer that understands how the system works and how to investigate and present all possible defenses.

 

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How Will My DUI/DWI Lawyer Get Paid?

Like most criminal law cases, DUI/DWI cases are typically handled on a hourly or flat fee arrangement.

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Why Should I Choose Douglas, Leonard & Garvey As My DUI/DWI Lawyer

The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey have years of trial experience in handling DUI/DWI cases. If you are arrested for a DUI/DWI, choosing the right lawyer does make a difference. Having the right lawyer may mean the difference between success and failur

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Our DWI/DUI Attorneys

We want to successfully resolve your claim and a return to your life as you knew it. Give us a call and we’ll evaluate your case. You can reach us at 1-800-240-1988, or by filling out our evaluation form.

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