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Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

In the state of New Hampshire, drunk driving laws are strict and heavily enforced. There are certain conditions that categorize driving while intoxicated as an aggravated charge. These conditions, in addition to being under the influence of alcohol, may include traveling at an excessive speed, causing a serious collision, attempting to leave the scene, fleeing from responding police, or driving with a person who was under the age of sixteen. These conditions are what bring the serious charges.

What Happens When you Have Been Charged with an Aggravated DWI and you are under the Age of 21?

If this applies to you, it means you were driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .02 of higher. Because underage drinking is already illegal, charges are strictly enforced to minors. Aggravated DWI can also be charged to a person driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC .16 or higher.

Charges Facing Aggravated DWI

If charges are held and the mandatory sentences are placed, you could be facing charges of a Class A Misdemeanor, a fine no less than $750, a mandatory county jail sentencing no less than 17 days, ordered to use an interlock device*, and a possible revocation of your license.

If you are charged with aggravated DWI, this could also include drugs including controlled, prescribed, or chemical. If charged with either a drug impairment or alcohol impairment, you could be facing charges such as a Class B Felony, a fine no less than $1,000, a mandatory sentence in county jail no less than 35 days, the installment of an interlock device, and revocation of your license.

These charges are severe and can ruin your life. It is extremely important to keep your life and liberty protected. Do so by calling an educated and reliable attorney at the Anzalone Law Firm. With the reliable personnel and confident minds at the Anzalone Law firm, you can find comfort in knowing you are in good hands, seeking the best options available to you.

What is the IDCMP (Impaired Driver Care Management Program)?

In any DWI charge, you have to seek a management program for the alcohol or drug involvement. This program is available through the Department of Health and Human Services in the state. In this program, defendants are evaluated for any possible substance abuse and will seek counseling and treatment if any abuse is noted. If charged and assigned to take an IDCMP, you must make time to attend classes and appointments. Although the programs are enforced to further guide addicts, availability as a defendant can be difficult given the busy schedule you may have. Be aware of all the consequences when thinking of driving. If you have been assigned to an IDCMP make sure you have an understanding of the requirements you need to attend the programs.

License Loss

As stated, there is a loss of license in an aggravated DWI charge. Although no specific time can be determined until each specific case is fulfilled, there are limits. If charged with a misdemeanor or felony type of offense for DWI, there is a minimum license loss of 18 months. The court does however have power depending on the case to extend the suspension to two-years.

Anzalone Law Firm: Protecting Your Rights

If charged with an aggravated DWI offense of any level, call the Anzalone Law Firm today. You will immediately hear the confident voices of the team, dedicating their time to each individual case. Do not hesitate; know where to turn when you are in a bind; The Anzalone Law Firm.

∗ RSA 265-A:36 states: "Ignition interlock device" shall mean breath alcohol ignition interlock device, which is a system or device that connects a breath analyzer to a motor vehicle’s ignition system."

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