Facing A DUI Or DWI? Get Help From An Attorney.
DUI or DWI charges can have substantial effects on your life and your freedoms. The consequences include fines, license suspension, incarceration, court-mandated alcohol programs, insurance rate increases and potentially a loss of employment.
Sheldon, Davis, Wells & Hockensmith, P.C., has helped hundreds of clients in Cheshire County and Sullivan County in New Hampshire through DWI charges. If you are stopped by a police officer, don’t panic. Keep these five things in mind to minimize your chances of getting in trouble.
Five Keys To A Successful DWI Defense
- You Are Only Required To Produce Your License And Registration
If an officer asks you about where you’ve been or where you’re going, if you have been drinking, or requests that you take a prearrest sobriety test, you have the legal right to not answer any questions or participate in any way. You are only required to provide your license and registration. If you are asked any other questions, you can politely respond with “Officer I do not care to discuss that” or “No I am not willing to do a sobriety test.”
Even if you are arrested, you can still refuse to take any post-arrest sobriety tests, including a breath test. Refusal at this stage may result in a license suspension but is still better than having your license suspended due to drunk driving. If the state has that evidence against you, you may face conviction.
- You Have The Right To Remain Silent
You must provide basic information to proceed, including your name and address. But you are not required to answer any questions on alcohol consumption or anything that may be used against you. Do not waive these rights, and do not say anything you don’t have to until you’ve spoken to an attorney.
- The Legal Limit For Adults Is 0.08 — For Minors It’s 0.02
You may not feel the effects of alcohol consumption, but the legal limit is fairly low. Only take a chemical test (breath/blood/urine) if you are absolutely sure you are below the legal limit. And if you do take a test, immediately go to the hospital upon your release to get a second blood test.
- Always Be Cooperative And Courteous
No matter how frustrated or overwhelmed you may be, always be courteous and polite to any officers or state officials. Being combative will only hurt your efforts down the road.
- Consulting In An Attorney Can Save You Time And Money
There is no substitute for an experienced, effective and proven criminal trial lawyer. Attorney Wells can help you avoid any charges at all, can investigate your case to determine if there were any missteps taken by law enforcement or if you have a valid defense, and guide you through the system.
At Sheldon, Davis, Wells & Hockensmith, P.C., we are more than just good criminal defense lawyers — we understand the medical, physiological and psychological effects of alcohol on the body. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of alcohol testing equipment, the science of standardized field sobriety testing and the complexities of New Hampshire DWI laws and statutes.