What are the penalties for DWI in New Hampshire?

Driving while intoxicated can result in serious criminal penalties in New Hampshire. Law enforcement can arrest you for obvious drug impairment or blood alcohol content of above 0.08% in a traffic stop.

Review the legal penalties for a DWI conviction in New Hampshire.

First offense

If you have no DWI convictions in the past 10 years, penalties for a first conviction may include:

  • Fines of $500 to $1,200
  • License suspension for nine to 24 months

However, you can receive stricter penalties for an aggravated DWI if you:

  • Had BAC of 0.16% or higher at the time of arrest
  • Received a DWI with a passenger age 16 or younger
  • Attempted to get away from law enforcement
  • Were traveling at 30 miles per hour or higher over the speed limit

A first-time aggravated DWI conviction results in at least five days and up to a year in jail. You could also receive fines of $750 to $2,000 and license suspension for 18 to 24 months. Causing an accident that injures another person while intoxicated is a felony that carries 14 days to seven years in jail and up to $4,000 in fines.

Second offense

If you got a DWI already within the past 10 years, a second conviction can result in:

  • Fines of $750 to $2,000
  • License suspension for three years
  • At least 17 days and up to one year in jail

You may qualify for probation with a second or third DWI. You must complete the New Hampshire Impaired Driver Care Management Program if eligible.