Like other Derry residents, you more than likely did not begin your day with the intention of driving drunk. Regardless of the circumstances under which you ended up being taken into custody on suspicion of DWI or DUI, you will need a criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf. There are often more issues to deal with than just the potential criminal court proceedings, and it would not be advisable to go through the process alone.
If you refused to submit to field sobriety tests or breath tests, you could be found to be in violation of New Hampshire’s implied consent law. You might be scheduled for a hearing regarding the insertion of an ignition interlock system on your vehicle. Other hearings could involve being considered a habitual offender, medical issues aggravated DUI, among other things. You could also be required to attend an administrative hearing regarding the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
If you are under the age of 21, you could face an additional hearing regarding possessing and/or transporting alcohol. If you used fake identification to purchase alcohol, that could be another complication. Adults who provide alcohol to minors can also face legal action.
Even if your case is considered to be a simple case of drunk driving, the penalties can be serious and your life could be affected in many other ways. Your criminal defense team will review the evidence that Derry prosecutors intend to present to the court and discuss your options with you. Thereafter, whatever course of action is decided upon can be put into action.