New Hampshire courts must impose mandatory minimum sentences when a person is convicted of a DWI or DUI offense. Whether a jail term is required, the minimum amount of time in jail, the minimum loss of license a court must order, and what type of treatment is necessary before driving privileges may be reinstated are all mandated by statute for a person is convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Please note that DWI statutes are frequently amended by the legislature. The information on this website is for informational purposes only. You should consult with a NH DUI lawyer to discuss the specific penalties applicable in your case.
The penalties for a DWI or DUI conviction in New Hampshire will vary depending upon the nature of the charge, the driver’s motor vehicle history, and the facts and circumstances of the case. An experienced NH DUI lawyer may be able to reduce your charges.
There are mandatory minimum sentences for all NH DUI charges. For specific information about the potential penalties, please click on the applicable charge above. For general information and answers to frequently asked questions about DWI, click here.
An ALS or Administrative Suspension may extend the loss of license beyond what the court orders. In addition to the court’s sentence in a DWI case, the New Hampshire DMV may take administrative action to suspend your license or impose requirements before your license is reinstated. This is often referred to as the administrative license suspension or “ALS”. An administrative suspension may be longer than the loss of license ordered by the court, and, in the case of a refusal, will be consecutive to any court-ordered loss of license.
An experienced NH DUI lawyer may be able to challenge the administrative suspension, or get it withdrawn.
You should consult with a NH DUI lawyer to make sure you understand both the court and DMV process, and how these two separate actions may affect your license or, if you hold a license from another state, your ability to drive in NH.
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