DWI/DUI Appeal Lawyers in New Hampshire
Providing Fair & Strong Representation
When we try DUI cases, we expect to win. If you are convicted on a DUI first offense, your appeal is directly to the State Supreme Court on issues of law. If you are convicted of a DWI offense that hasjail time, like aDWI second or an aggravated DWI, your case can be appealed to the Superior Court for a jury trial. Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. has decades of experience in representing clients in court and can represent you, too. Our New Hampshire DWI/DUI appeal lawyers have skills and strategy needed to achieve successful results.
Q:What are the possible financial costs?
A:The financial costs of a DWI conviction can differ for everyone. For a first offense, the penalty is a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $600, although the judge has discretion to fine you up to $1200. For a second offense that increases to a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $900 and the judge has discretion to impose a fine of up to $2000. The financial costs of a DWI conviction go far beyond the court fines. A loss of your driver’s license can cost you your job. You can see your insurance costs increase by $500-3000. There is a cost associated with the alcohol awareness and counseling programs that are a mandatory part of any sentence that ranges from $460-1200. You would need to pay a fee to the DMV $100 to have your license reinstated and possibly pay $800 to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. As you can see, the costs you could suffer as the result of a DWI conviction are substantial. That is another reason that you need to see an experienced lawyer to review all of your options with you.
Q:How much can I drink and still be legal to drive?
A:We are asked this question a lot, and the answer usually surprises people. In order for a judge to find you guilty of DWI in New Hampshire, the police need only to show that your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol to any degree. This about that again: to any degree. A scientist would tell you that one-half of one beer impairs your physical and mental abilities to some degree. You do not see Dale Earnhardt Jr. sipping on half a beer before a race, right? Fortunately, in all the years we’ve been prosecuting and defending these cases, we’ve never seen anyone convicted for driving under the influence of one drink. One of the sneaky ways that the police get people to convict themselves is to ask them to say, on a scale of 1 to 10, how “buzzed” they feel. Most people will answer by saying they feel that they are between 2 and 4 on the 10-point scale. This is sometimes enough for a judge to find a person guilty, even though they are not even approaching the “legal limit” of .08.
Q:Why did the police give me two DWI summonses?
A:If you took a breath or blood test and received a BAC result over .08, you were likely charged with two different crimes. One summons (or complaint) will allege that you drove while your ability to drive was “impaired” by alcohol. The second summons will allege only that your BAC was over .08. If the tests show that your BAC was over .08, the police do not even need to show that you were impaired at all. The good news is that you cannot be punished twice, even if the police have charged you with two separate crimes.
Q:Do I really have a chance for an acquittal?
A:Yes. The DWI laws are complex and that means that there are plenty of places for the police to make mistakes that can lead to an acquittal. The system is full of opportunities for human and mechanical error. Also, it is important to remember that the police have the burden to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Any of the myriad of mistakes can introduce enough doubt into a case to lead to an acquittal. It takes years of experience to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to mount a proper defense to a DWI charge. If you are charged with DWI, make sure you work with a lawyer that understands how the system works and how to investigate and present all possible defenses.
Q:Why should I choose Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. as my DUI/DWI lawyers?
A:The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. have years of trial experience in handling DUI/DWI cases. If you are arrested for a DUI/DWI, choosing the right lawyer does make a difference. Having the right lawyer may mean the difference between success and failure.