At this time, when many people are driving to and from holiday celebrations, it’s important to remember that even one drink can be too many. For drivers over the legal drinking age of 21, blood alcohol content of 0.08 and above will be evidence of impaired driving. For those under this age, 0.02 and above is considered over the limit.
Here in New Hampshire, additional, aggravated charges may arise from several situations. The singular factor of a breathalyzer at or above 0.16 will substantiate these charges. In addition, aggravated charges may be brought for exceeding the previously stated age-specific blood-alcohol limits accompanied by any number of behaviors including, but not limited to…
• driving 30 miles or more over the speed limit
• causing an accident resulting in serious bodily injury
• attempting to elude law enforcement pursuit
• having a passenger under the age of 16
NH has mandatory sentencing for DUI/DWI convictions, including loss of license, fines, fees, required classes, and alcohol/drug screening. Aggravated charges also carry mandatory jail time. Other negative consequences may include a misdemeanor or felony conviction on your record, the need to obtain special insurance and potentially, a requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed and maintained in your vehicle.
We, at Wescott Law, along with local and state police, recommend the following to avoid drunk driving.
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
• If you’re impaired, and don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi, Uber, friend or family member, or use public transportation.
• If you observe someone on the road who appears to be under the influence, call 911 as soon as it is safe for you to do so.
• If you observe someone about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them arrange other transportation to their destination.