Drunk driving arrests and convictions in the modern world harm your reputation, drain your savings and compromise your freedoms. Over the years, New Hampshire lawmakers have increased the penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI), partly to help deter chronic offenders.
Unfortunately, this means you could face up to $1,200 in fines and lose your driving privileges after a New Hampshire DWI conviction, even for a first offense. You can defend yourself, but your odds of success will suffer if you make mistakes while your case is ongoing. Avoid the following after being charged with DWI:
1. Using social media
It is wise to stay away from social media altogether until your DWI case ends. The authorities can scour your accounts to look for further evidence against you (drunken photos, admissions of guilt, etc.). At the same time, avoid deleting posts during your case, as doing so could look like you are trying to hide evidence.
2. Making statements
Limit what you say to the police officers involved in your DWI traffic stop and arrest. The U.S. Constitution protects your right to remain silent during encounters with law enforcement. It is okay to give them your name when prompted but try not to say anything else. Once you have a representative helping with your case, they can speak on your behalf, reducing your risk of self-incrimination.
3. Believing you have no chance
Every U.S. citizen charged with DWI has the right to defend themselves from prosecution. Choosing not to exercise that right because you fear losing is usually unwise. There are many DWI defense options for you to explore, from faulty sobriety test methods to unlawful vehicle searches.