Out of State Drivers and DWI
Imagine getting pulled over and accused of DWI/DUI while on vacation? It happens to tourists and it can be frightening experience.
If you were stopped by law enforcement officers and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol while visiting New Hampshire, please call DWI lawyer Michael Anzalone. He understands that bad things happen to good people and he can do his best to help you out of a sticky situation.
First, you need to understand New Hampshire’s laws that deal with driving under the influence. This can be a confusing time for you and that’s why you need an attorney who is well-versed in New Hampshire driving laws.
There is a compact between 45 of the 50 states called the interstate driver’s license compact. This agreement essentially lets other states to inform the driver’s home state of the infraction.
This means if you are visiting New Hampshire from New York and are arrested on a DWI charge, New Hampshire officials will notify New York of the arrest. At that point, the DWI case will be treated as if it had originated in New York.
This compact has helped streamline drunk-driving offenses.
Under the agreement, any penalties that result from a conviction would be applicable in New York. And just in case you are wondering, the suspension of your driver’s license is recognized in all 50 states. In addition New Hampshire also participates in the Non-Resident Violator Compact. The state reports DWI arrests to the National Driver Register, which maintains records of all motorists in the United States who have been arrested and convicted on serious motor vehicle violations. This database is also available in all 50 states.
Since an out-of-state driver being arrested on DWI charges can bring unusual circumstances, it’s very important to contact DWI attorney Michael Anzalone to help you maintain your right to drive. A DWI conviction can be costly in terms of both money and time, so you need to have a lawyer who can cut through the bureaucracy to ensure that your rights are protected.What Happens After an Arrest?
You will be notified by New Hampshire authorities that your driver’s license is about to be suspended for either refusing to a blood alcohol test or for testing over the state’s limit for driving while under the influence of alcohol. As explained above, this will also be reported to your home state.
In New Hampshire, officials treat driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as a serious offense. You are considered legally too intoxicated to drive if your blood alcohol content is at 0.08 or higher (0.02 if the driver is under the age of 21.)
There are many rules and regulations concerning drunken driving charges. So, it’s best to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle of any kind after consuming alcohol or taking drugs _ even if they are over-the-counter drugs. But if you do get caught, consult with a New Hampshire DWI attorney.
Call The Anzalone Law Firm at 603.548.3797 for a free consultation.