When an individual is convicted of DWI in New Hampshire, they are subject to a lot of penalties. Even a first time offense can lead to a fine of $500, one year of license suspension, and more. Anyone charged with repeat or felony DWI will face further penalties including jail time. In addition to these, offenders can also face other long term consequences that some are not always familiar with.
In the State of New Hampshire drivers do not have to carry any motor vehicle insurance. However, drivers who are convicted of a DWI or who have been ruled a habitual traffic offender are required to show proof of insurance in order to legally be able to drive. Anyone convicted of a DWI must receive an SR-22 form that serves as proof of insurance and carry this for a minimum of three years for a first offense and longer for a repeat offense. In fact, an offender will not be able to get their license reinstated after a DWI conviction unless they are able to show proof of insurance with an SR-22 certificate. This means that drivers who currently do not have auto insurance will have to get it and likely have to pay a higher rate due to their DWI conviction. Those with auto insurance will have to pay higher premiums as they are now considered high risk drivers.
Another common concern for anyone convicted of DWI in New Hampshire is how the offense will affect the offender's education. Many educational institutions perform criminal background checks and applicants are asked to disclose any criminal convictions. Some schools may pass over admitting students with criminal records. Additionally, if an applicant has a DWI conviction but does not list it, this is seen as being dishonest. A student may also potentially lose their scholarship if they are convicted of a crime including drunk driving. Also, depending on the type of charge and the type of student loan an offender has, a DWI conviction may affect their ability to get financial aid.
In addition to schooling, a DWI conviction can also potentially be detrimental to a person's career. In some professions, a DWI conviction may be grounds for dismissal. Jobs that require employees to have a valid driver's license or a commercial license may also suspend or fire workers who lose their licenses due to issues like DWI. Also, a conviction could threaten some careers like nursing or healthcare that require professional licenses or security clearances if the offense affects these licenses.
Beyond the court ordered penalties, a DUI can have life-changing affects. Luckily, anyone accused of DWI has the right to fight their charges. Defense options are always available regardless of the situation that led to your arrest. A DWI attorney can help you fight your accusations and avoid conviction. If you have been arrested for DWI or an alcohol-related offense in New Hampshire, contact Russman Law right away to find out more about the penalties you face and your defense options.