Some people here in Derry know that being pulled over for drinking and driving can be a frightening and disconcerting experience. If you are arrested, you will more than likely have more to deal with than just DWI or DUI charges. Your criminal defense counsel should be able to handle all of the facets surrounding the incident.
Many people face more than just fines and jail time if they have been stopped and/or arrested for driving under the influence. If you refused to submit to a breath test, blood test or field sobriety tests, you could be facing a suspension of your driver’s license. How long it will be suspended depends on whether it is your first offense.
Hearings could be required to determine whether an ignition interlock device will be placed in your car. If you are considered to be a habitual offender, there could be additional hearings as well. If the person arrested is underage, another set of hearings could be ordered. In short, there is more to being accused of driving under the influence than meets the eye.
Therefore, your criminal defense counsel needs to have an understanding of both the criminal and civil sides of a DUI or DWI charge. Involving your attorney as soon as possible after an arrest — whether here in Derry or elsewhere in New Hampshire — is advisable. The administrative consequences of such a charge could have just as many adverse effects on your life as the criminal penalties you may face. Preparing for any potential criminal proceedings is important, but without preparing for the administrative issues, your defense is incomplete.