DWI Second Offense Penalties, New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, a DWI second offense is a Class A Misdemeanor. That means, that you could go to jail for up to one year and it will go on your criminal record.
A second offense DWI occurs when you are arrested for DWI a second time within 10 years of your prior conviction date. The penalties however are staggered based upon whether you were arrested within 2 years of your prior conviction or between 2 years and 10 years of your prior conviction.
If your second offense is not within 2 years of your prior conviction but rather between 2 and 10, then your mandatory minimum penalties are as follows:
- You will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanour which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
- A mandatory minimum fine of $750 (Plus mandatory 24% court imposed penalty assessment) and the potential of a fine of up to $2,000.
- A mandatory minimum jail sentence of 17 consecutive days in jail of which 12 days are suspended resulting in a mandatory 5 days in jail.
- Must complete a full substance use disorder evaluation to be scheduled within 30 days of release and to be completed within 60 days of release and comply with the plan developed
- A minimum 3-year court imposed loss of license.
In addition to these Court imposed sanctions, the NH-DMV will jump into the fray and suspend your license for a minimum of 2 years. Depending on whether you submitted to the breathalyzer or not, this 2-year suspension may run consecutive (back to back) with your 3-year court imposed license suspension.
As with a DWI first offense, you will be required to purchase an SR-22 insurance rider before you can drive. A DWI conviction is classified as a major motor vehicle offense. This is significant as three major motor vehicle offenses in a five year period can result in you being certified as a habitual offender.
If your second offense is within 2 years of your prior conviction, then the penalties are significantly more severe. The bulk of the penalties are the same except for the jail time.
The jail time you face is significantly increased as you will face a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 60 days in jail with 30 days suspended. This means that you will serve 30 days in jail and have an additional 30 days in jail suspended or “hanging over your head” for a period of time conditioned upon your good behavior.
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