Getting pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated is a nightmare scenario. However, there are some steps you can take to mitigate your chances of life-changing consequences.
When you drink and drive, you are responsible for the outcome of your decision. Nothing guarantees you will avoid legal repercussions. In the unfortunate event you get pulled over, see below for the proper way to conduct yourself and potentially reduce your charges.
First, you need to be compliant and cooperative to a certain extent. Produce your relevant documents, and do not argue with the officer. You will see below that you do not have to comply with everything a police officer tells you to do but never exhibit rudeness or disorderly behavior.
Refuse the field sobriety test
You do not have to perform the field sobriety test. No matter what the officer tells you, you have no legal obligation to submit to the tests. These tests provide extremely subjective results that will only hurt you in the long run.
Consider refusing the breath test
New Hampshire has an Implied Consent Law. This means that you agreed to a breath test when you earned your driver’s license. However, the punishments you receive from refusing to give a breath test might be less than if you submit to one. Depending on your intoxication level, you may want to refuse.
Do not make a statement
Finally, do not make any unnecessary statements to any law enforcement. Try to stick to yes and no responses.
A DWI in New Hampshire can be a devastating mark on your personal and professional life. Follow the advice given above and immediately contact a lawyer if you face a conviction.