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Can You Keep Your License After A DUI/DWI Arrest?

Losing your license is a big deal.  Whereas you may have previously taken your ability to drive to work, to the store or to see friends and family for granted, if you lose your license after a DUI arrest, you will have to figure out alternative ways to get around.  This isn't always easy.

If you are arrested for DWI and either refuse an alcohol concentration test or test over the legal limit, you will be issued a temporary driving permit which expires in 30 days.  If you wish to keep your license, you must apply for an administrative hearing during this 30-day window.  It is very important that you contact a qualified DUI/DWI attorney as soon as possible as your right to appeal your license suspension ends at the 30-day mark.

What If I Got Convicted?

In addition to losing your license or New Hampshire operating privileges, you will be assessed a fine. Subsequent offenders also face jail sentences as do those who are convicted of aggravated DWI.

After a DUI/DWI conviction, in order to get your license or driving privilege back, you must comply with New Hampshire's Impaired Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP).  This program, instituted in 2013, screens for substance abuse issues and requires education and recovery support (where appropriate).  If you have been convicted of DUI/DWI, you must undergo an intake and screening at an IDCMP within 14 days of your conviction.

If the screening demonstrates the likelihood of a substance use disorder, you will be required to undergo a full substance abuse evaluation within 30 days.

Losing your license can have a cascade of negative effects including potentially job loss.  It's important to do whatever you can to keep your driving privileges.  To learn more about your situation and how to protect your license, consult with an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney.

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