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Aggressively Defending Dover, NH Residents Against DUI Charges

Have you been charged for drunk or impaired driving? Maybe this is your first DWI ever, and you are currently looking for an attorney who can represent you in your case. If you have never been arrested for this crime before then you are probably nervous, apprehensive, and frustrated about your charges. Thankfully, with the right New Hampshire DWI attorney on your side, you may be able to navigate through your case and end up without any charges or penalties at all. The defense team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. can mount a strong defense for you, protecting your rights and your future.

With seasoned defense lawyers and former prosecutors on our team, we have what it takes to minimize the impact of conviction—in some cases, we are able to get charges dropped completely. We know the common tactics state prosecutors tend to rely on, as well as their variations. Our approach to defense is, therefore, both proactive and adaptable.

Should you decide to work with us, we will aggressively defend you against charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI), as we have for countless Northern New England residents in the past 40 years. Just take a look at our most notable results in DWI cases.

Contact our Dover DWI lawyers online for your free, confidential consultation—no strings attached.

What Is a DWI vs. DUI?

Driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence (DUI) are simply two different ways to describe the same offense: drunk and impaired driving. Another common synonym is operating under the influence (OUI).

In Dover and the rest of the state of New Hampshire, the official charge tends to be noted down as a DWI.

DWI Penalties in Dover, NH

Whatever you call a DWI charge, facing one is no laughing matter. If convicted, you may be stuck with expensive fines, jail time, probation, and/or license suspension. The exact penalty will depend on whether you have been previously convicted of a DWI.

First DWI Offense

If you are arrested for a DWI for the first time in Dover, NH you can expect a costly fine. Normally, the New Hampshire courts will issue a minimum $500 fine to any first-time offenders. If you were charged with an aggravated DWI (a DWI with a higher BAC or with other aggravating factors) then you can expect a $750 minimum fine. You can also expect to receive a 10 day minimum jail sentence if convicted of an aggravated DWI. Normal DWIs don't normally result in jail time for a first offense, unless there are additional charges.

Also, those who are charged with a first DWI can expect license suspension. Normally license suspension will last from 9 months up to 2 years, but in some cases the authorities will lower the sentence to six months. Those that are convicted of an aggravated DWI can expect a license suspension of between 18 months and 2 years for their crime.

For instance, conviction of a first offense will typically result in a suspension of your license for up to 9 months. If convicted of a second offense, your penalty may jump up to a 3-year license suspension. Worse, a third conviction could result in the permanent revocation of your driver’s license.

Offenders also normally need to complete a driver intervention program, and will be forced to attend alcohol or drug treatment counseling if applicable. Most of the time an offender will also need to pay New Hampshire SR22 Insurance for at least three years, which can be costly. If you want more information about your first DWI, or if you need an attorney to help you by seeking compensation on your behalf, then you need to contact our firm immediately. Procrastination could lead to your conviction, so get a dedicated Dover, NH DWI attorney on your side today!

Minimizing DWI Penalties

There are numerous ways to minimize these penalties, even if convicted. In regards to license suspension, it is sometimes possible to get your license back earlier through the completion of the Impaired Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP). Agreeing to have a breathalyzer installed in your vehicle, known as an ignition interlock device (IID), is another common option.

Act Fast to Save Your License

Being charged with a DWI can feel like being hit by a flurry of blows. Fortunately, our attorneys are skilled in helping clients dodge these blows and, should any land, minimize their impact.

With 40 years of experience, our DWI defense attorneys in Dover, NH will help you confidently navigate both the administrative process and the criminal case. If needed, we can also tackle any issues that arise afterward. We truly care about getting you the best results possible—and the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start to work with your best interests at heart.

Call (603) 871-4144 to learn more about how our Dover, NH DWI attorneys can help.

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