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Repeat DUIs must be handled carefully to reach the best outcome

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) before, you probably already know how severe the penalties are for drunk driving in New Hampshire. However, repeat offenses are penalized more severely than a first offense is, and it can be more difficult to get any leniency.

What happens if you refuse a roadside breath test?

Massachusetts state law is very clear: Drunk driving is a crime. In order to deter drunk driving, the state will not only engage in enforcement in situations where an individual is clearly impaired while driving, but will also occasionally engage in broader enforcement efforts, including roadblocks.

Your blood alcohol test might not have been accurate

Getting pulled over by the police was a surprise, but testing positive for having an over-the-limit blood alcohol level was even more of a surprise. You knew that you were lucid, clear and completely coherent while driving home that night, but your breathalyzer test and blood alcohol content test say something different.

Are drunk driving checkpoints legal?

Drunk driving checkpoints are locations, often at intersections or other busy areas, where law enforcement monitors drivers to determine if they have been drinking. While there is much debate about the legality of checkpoints, in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, they are legal, and they happen frequently.

Is there an ignition interlock device in your near future?

Have you ever been in a parking lot when suddenly a loud, continuous alarm began to sound from someone's vehicle? In rare circumstances, it might have been an unwelcome party trying break into a particular car. More times than not, however, a vehicle owner likely hit the wrong button on his or her key fob, thus resonating high, audible tones through the air. Some New Hampshire travelers even use this handy feature to locate their own cars when they forget where they parked.

Was a breath test used to validate your arrest for DUI?

Like law enforcement agencies elsewhere in the country, New Hampshire police departments use portable breath testing machines to validate arrests when officers suspect a driver of being under the influence. What you might not know is that the results of those breath tests might not be admissible in court.

DUI defense for first-time offenders

Massachusetts and New Hampshire have some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. If charged with a DUI in either of these states, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your rights and effectively confront these criminal charges. Even first-time offenders face steep penalties, but you do not have to face this serious legal situation alone.

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