Do I Need a Lawyer for My First DUI?
If you have recently been arrested for drunk driving for the first time, you are probably worried about your future and uncertain about what to do next. While you may be under the impression that a first-offense DUI is not a serious matter, the reality is that any drunk driving offense can result in serious legal and collateral consequences that can affect your life for years to come. For this reason, it’s critical to retain an attorney to represent you for any DUI case.
Under New Hampshire law, it is illegal to drive a car with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08 or while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs which impair your ability to drive. Importantly, the way the law is written makes it possible to be convicted of DUI, even if your BAC is under .08.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you can face significant fines, community service, the loss of your license, and other serious consequences. In addition, you can face significant collateral consequences if DUI conviction appears on your criminal record, including trouble getting a job, sanctions imposed by your college or university, difficulty renting an apartment, and issues with professional licensure. Fortunately, in many cases, a lawyer can help you avoid these consequences by negotiating a favorable plea bargain with the prosecutor or defending you at trial.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a DUI Defense Lawyer
At the Sweeney Law Office, we’re dedicated to helping people who have been accused of drunk driving move on with their lives and resolve their cases as favorably as possible. Attorney Shawn Sweeney serves clients throughout Hillsborough County, Merrimack County, and Rockingham County. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 877-223-2856 or contact us online.