No one’s judgment is perfect every time. Some New Hampshire residents’ judgment may fail them, and after consuming alcohol, they get behind the wheel of their vehicles. When this happens, police may end up pulling them over, and some people end up with multiple DUI arrests on their record, which could make mounting a defense to any charges filed more challenging.
A 66-year-old man who was recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving could face this challenge in the wake of a third arrest this year for the same offense. Police received a call regarding an individual who purchased some alcohol then went out into the parking lot, got into his vehicle and began drinking. When police arrived, the vehicle began moving.
Police stopped the vehicle and discovered that the man behind the wheel did not have a valid license and appeared to be hiding an alcoholic beverage from the officer. He admitted that his license was suspended because he failed to comply with New Hampshire’s implied consent law. After participating in field sobriety tests, the officer placed the man under arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
As the man navigates through the criminal justice system, his prior DUI arrests could make his defense more complex. Under these circumstances, it would most likely be beneficial for him to exercise his right to counsel. In fact, anyone facing charges for drunk driving for a first offense or after multiple arrests may want to avoid attempting to go through the process alone. Much more than just the potential criminal penalties is at stake, and making use of the experience and knowledge of a New Hampshire attorney could help achieve the best outcome possible.