Administrative License Suspension Hearings in NH
If you have been arrested for and face charges of a DUI or DWI in New Hampshire, losing your license for a significant amount of time is a very real possibility. Having a blood alcohol content level of .08% or higher (.04% for commercial drivers and .02% for underage drivers) will most likely result in loss of driving privileges. Even if you refuse a breathalyzer test, you may still be subject to losing your license. The loss of a driver’s license can mean more than simply losing the freedom to hop in your car and go. It can translate to the loss of employment and it can mean a significant financial burden if you need to rely on others or public transportation for everything for a year or more. Also, with a license suspension in New Hampshire, there is a given set of requirements to even reinstate your license. Typically, there are fines, a driver improvement hearing, and even drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation requirements to be fulfilled before you can get behind the wheel again.
Know Your Rights Before an Administrative License Suspension Hearing
In New Hampshire, if a license suspension is part of the penalty for DUI or DWI conviction, you have the right to an Administrative License Suspension Hearing as a means of preserving the right to retain your license. Luckily, you have the right to have an attorney fight for your rights and your best interest at this type of hearing.
The hearing is held at the NH Department of Safety and is open to the public. In order to have a hearing, a filing must be made within 30 days of the arrest. At the hearing, the arresting officer must appear and testify to the facts of the case, including why he or she felt they had reasonable grounds to pull your over, conduct a field sobriety test, or any other test used against you. The officer can be cross-examined, which can be a huge asset if you have retained expert representation from Paul Garrity Law Offices. It would not be recommended to try and handle cross examination of the arresting officer without proper legal counsel.
What Legal Counsel Can Accomplish
Having expert legal counsel by your side and during an Administrative License Hearing can make the difference between losing your license and possibly your job, or holding on to your rights and leading a normal life again. The stress and anxiety of rearranging your entire life and routine when you have lost your license can take a massive toll on your daily life and finances, more so than any other aspect of a DUI or DWI conviction. Having the right lawyer aggressively fight for you, with years of criminal defense experience behind him, can be the key to putting the devastating consequences of one wrong decision behind you. Let Paul Garrity handle the intricacies of your case and ensure protection of your rights.
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