Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyers in New Hampshire
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If your license is suspended by the court for a DUI/DWI, you will be required to submit to an alcohol and drug abuse screening within 14 days of conviction. The Impaired Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP) may require a full substance evaluation within 30 days of that screening. The IDCMP will then order that you complete a service plan and impaired driver education program. You will be required to obtain a certificate of completion for this program prior to being reinstated from your suspension for DUI/DWI. You will also be required to have your insurance company file a proof of insurance form with the DMV.
Our New Hampshire DWI attorneys will monitor all of this and assist you in getting your license reinstated from any DUI suspension. At Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C., our goal is to help you avoid a DUI suspension in the first place.
Q:What’s an administrative license suspension?
A:When you are charged with DUI/DWI, you are faced with a 6-month license suspension through the Department of Safety if you blow over .08, or if you refuse to blow – either way. You are entitled to a hearing at the Department of Safety, where the burden of proof is much lower than it is in court. You must request a hearing within 30 days, or you lose the right to have a hearing on your DUI administrative suspension.
Q:Can I go to jail?
A:If you have not been convicted of a DWI before and if you are not charged with any additional crimes, then you can relax, because the answer is “no.” If you have a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, then the law calls for a mandatory sentence of 3 days in the county jail, followed by a one-week stay at the multiple offender program.
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: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.