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Defending Against a DUI Charge in New Hampshire

In the state of New Hampshire, we take the safety of our young drivers seriously. To deter underage drinking and driving, the law has established stricter regulations for individuals under the age of 21 who are caught driving while impaired (DWI)/driving under the influence (DUI). If your child is facing charges related to underage DWI, it's crucial to seek legal counsel from an attorney who specializes in this area. At George T. Campbell, Attorney at Law, we are here to provide you with the guidance and legal representation you need during this challenging time.

New Hampshire's Lower Legal Limit for Underage Drivers

In New Hampshire, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for individuals under the age of 21 is exceptionally low—0.02 or more. This means that even a single alcoholic drink can result in a BAC above the legal limit for a minor. Under RSA 265-A:2, any person under the legal drinking age can be arrested and charged with per se DWI if they operate a vehicle with a BAC exceeding this limit.

Aggravated DWI for Underage Drivers

Under RSA 265-A:3, a juvenile driver can also face charges of aggravated DWI in New Hampshire if they operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.02 or more and commit any of the following actions:

  • Excessive Speeding: Driving 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit.
  • Causing Serious Injury: Being involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in serious bodily harm to another person.
  • Evading Law Enforcement: Attempting to elude or evade law enforcement officers.
  • Transporting Minors: Carrying a passenger under the age of 16 who is also under the legal drinking age.

Penalties for Underage DWI

It's crucial to understand that when a driver under the age of 21 is convicted of DWI in New Hampshire, they face the same penalties as an adult, and in some cases, these penalties can be more severe. Under RSA 265-A:18, juvenile DWI offenders are sentenced using the same guidelines as those over 21, but they are subject to a minimum of one year of license suspension—this is a stricter penalty for underage drivers compared to adults.

Additionally, underage individuals convicted of DWI-related offenses may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they regularly use. This device must be used until they reach the age of 18 or for at least one year, whichever is longer. For example, if a juvenile driver is convicted of a DWI offense at the age of 18, they may be sentenced to one year of license suspension, and their license will be reinstated at the age of 19. If an ignition interlock device is also mandated, they must use it until they reach the age of 21.

How an Underage DWI Attorney Can Help

As a parent, you want to protect your child's future and ensure they receive the best possible legal defense. An experienced underage DUI attorney can provide the following assistance:

  • Expert Legal Guidance: We can handle underage DWI cases and possess in-depth knowledge of New Hampshire's laws. We will work diligently to build a strong defense tailored to your child's unique situation.
  • Reduced Penalties: Our goal is to minimize the consequences your child faces, potentially reducing fines, license suspension periods, or seeking alternative sentencing options.
  • Record Mitigation: In some cases, we can explore opportunities to have your child's DWI record expunged or sealed, preserving their future prospects.
  • Advocacy: We will be a dedicated advocate for your child throughout the legal process, ensuring their rights are protected and working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome.

Don't leave your child's future to chance. If your child is facing underage DUI charges in Manchester, NH, contact George T. Campbell, Attorney at Law, today. We are committed to providing the legal support your family needs to navigate this challenging situation and safeguard your child's future.

Contact our Manchester underage DUI lawyer at (603) 787-5364 for a free consultation.

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