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DUI/DWI Fines and Penalties in New Hampshire and a Review of Implied Consent

Chapter 265-A of the New Hampshire Statutes, titled “Alcohol or Drug Impairment” clearly defines what the law on this topic is and lists the penalties for offenses related to driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

In New Hampshire, the penalties for a DWI or DUI conviction will vary depending on the nature of the charge, the driver’s history, and the facts of the case. There are, however, mandatory minimum sentences for NH DUI charges.

1st Offense

  • Jail: 10 Days Minimum
  • Fines and Penalties: $500 to $750
  • License Suspension: 9 to 18 Months
  • Ignition Interlock Device Required: No

2nd Offense

  • Jail: 30 Days Minimum
  • Fines and Penalties: $750 Minimum
  • License Suspension: 3 Years Minimum
  • Ignition Interlock Device Required: Possible

3rd Offense

  • Jail: 180 Days Minimum
  • Fines and Penalties: $750 Minimum
  • License Suspension: Indefinitely
  • Ignition Interlock Device Required: Possible

Through its “implied consent” law, New Hampshire law requires you to take a breath or blood test if arrested for a DUI. More specifically, if you are lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe you have been driving under the influence, then you consent to taking a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining your blood alcohol content (BAC). This test must be taken at the time of your arrest. Refusal to take the test would result in a license suspension.

  • 1st Offense: 180 Day License Suspension
  • 2nd Offense: 2 Year License Suspension
  • 3rd Offense: 2 Year License Suspension

Immediately retaining an attorney will enable you to protect your rights. Experience and knowledge can go a long way in fighting a DWI/DUI charge in New Hampshire. If you were recently arrested for DWI/DUI, contact a New Hampshire DWI/DUI attorney at Wilson, Bush & Keefe, P.C.  for immediate and effective legal representation.