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DWI in New Hampshire

Drivers who are arrested in New Hampshire for a DWI can face a variety of different penalties. If this is your first, second or third DWI conviction, it is imperative that you get help from a DWI attorney as soon as possible. New Hampshire DWI attorneys can explain all of your legal options and your rights. They can file all necessary DWI forms. Some DWI lawyers may be willing to provide a free initial consultation to review your DWI case.

DWI in New Hampshire
New Hampshire DWI laws consider drivers who operate a motor vehicle with a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater to be intoxicated. If a driver is a commercial driver and their BAC is 0.04% or more, they can be charged with a DWI. It is also illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to drive with a BAC of 0.02% or more.

Drivers can also be considered intoxicated if their BAC is less than 0.08% but their ability to drive is impaired. Terms such as DWI, OUI and DUI mean basically the same thing in the state of New Hampshire.


Penalties for DWI in New Hampshire

First offense DWI - Class B Misdemeanor

  • License restriction for a minimum of 90 days to a maximum of 2 years, but drivers can petition for reinstatement of their license after 90 days. For drivers under the age of 21, license loss is a minimum of 1 year.
  • Required fine of $500 - $1,200 plus a 20% penalty
  • 20 hours of an impaired driver program. This program cost approximately $600.
  • Purchase SR-22 insurance for 3 years

Drivers who refuse to submit to a sobriety test after their arrest may have additional license suspension penalties.

Second offense DWI
(Within 2 years of last DWI conviction)

  • Required jail stay of 30 days followed by 7 days in multiple DWI offender intervention detention center up to 12 months
  • Fines $750 - $2,000
  • License suspension 3 years
  • Possible installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Mandatory purchase of SR-22 Insurance

Greater than 2 years but less than 10 years
  • Required 10 day minimum jail term up to 12 months
  • Required fine of $750 minimum up to $2,000
  • 7 day required stay in multiple DWI Offender Intervention Detention Center
  • License suspension for a minimum of 3 years
  • Potential requirement for an Ignition Interlock Device
  • Potential drug treatment and counseling program
  • Mandatory New Hampshire SR22 Insurance for 3 Years

3rd Offense DWI within 10 years

  • Required jail term of 180 days minimum up to maximum 12 months
  • Required fine of $750 minimum up to $2,000
  • Potential drug and alcohol treatment and counseling
  • Mandatory New Hampshire SR22 Insurance for 5 years
  • License suspension for an indefinite period of time but for at least 5 years. The driver may petition the court after seven years for reinstatement.
  • Potential requirement for an Ignition Interlock Device
  • Minimum 28 day stay at a residential alcohol treatment facility
  • Mandatory purchase of SR-22 Insurance

Do I need to hire a New Hampshire criminal defense lawyer?
If you are arrested for a DWI in New Hampshire, it is important to talk to a New Hampshire DWI attorney as soon as possible. A DWI arrest is not like other moving traffic violations. The penalties can be very serious and have life-long consequences. A DWI attorney can review your case and fight to get you a fair trial.


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