It can be disconcerting for any Derry resident who is pulled over by police — even if it for speeding. That anxiety can be even more intense when the officer believes that a driver is impaired, and he or she is taken into custody. Everyone in those circumstances has a right to legal representation. More importantly, a strong criminal defense can often help minimize the impact of a DUI or DWI.

In order for your defense to be effective, the attorney that you choose needs to be experienced concerning New Hampshire’s laws regarding driving under the influence and/or driving while impaired, as well as be aware of the options available to you. In many cases, first-time offenders will have the opportunity to participate in certain programs that can reduce the impact of such a charge. If you happen to be a repeat offender, or the charges involve other aggravating factors such as an accident involving injury or death, your attorney’s focus will still be to minimize the penalties you could be facing.

There are many facets to a case involving alcohol or drug-related driving charges. Violations of the state’s implied consent, underage drinking and driving and open container laws, among others, can all affect the outcome of your case. In some circumstances, you do not even have to be the driver to face charges. Providing alcohol to a minor can also result in criminal charges.

Every case is unique, and your criminal defense attorney must be well-versed in the law and court procedures here in Derry and other parts of the state. It is sometimes possible to qualify for a diversion program of some kind. If you find yourself facing DUI or DWI charges, it is in your best interest to engage an attorney as quickly as possible to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf.