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Hire a good lawyer if your child is charged with DUI

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New Hampshire DWIs: What to Do If Your Child Is Charged With a DWI

For many parents, one of their worst nightmares is to receive a telephone call from a child who has been arrested. Nonetheless, mistakes do happen. Although your first instinct may be to react out of anger, do not compound the seriousness of the situation by mishandling your child’s call to you.

For an adult, the process of being arrested is frightening. For a minor child, it can be downright terrifying. The chances are high that, by the time they are able to call you for assistance, your child is going to be very upset. Your first step should be to calm them down. Your second step is to ensure that they remain quiet.

When talking to your child on the phone, do not make your child give an explanation as to what happened. In fact, you shouldn’t even ask them. Don’t let them explain. There is a practical reason for this. More than likely, your child has place their call from a booking desk. If so, then they are in the presence of a police officer who is supervising them. Their call will be overheard. If they are not at a booking desk, then they will be in some type of holding area, where there is also a risk of being overheard. Anything they say can potentially be used against them in a court of law, and it could be detrimental to their case. Calmly instruct your child to remain quiet and tell them that you can discuss the situation later.

If your child is a minor, then they cannot be questioned by police officers without your presence. If your child is not a minor, then they can be questioned without your presence, but you should encourage them not to waive their right to legal counsel or their right to remain silent. While they are in police custody, almost everything your child says will be documented and be placed in their file to be used at a later time, including court. Place a heavy emphasis on remaining quiet, calm, and courteous to those around them. What you should ask them is what they have been charged with, whether or not a bond has been set yet, and if it hasn’t, when you can expect for it to be set. These questions are the only ones that should be asked and answered over the phone.

In case your child is too distraught to listen to you over the phone, you can ask them to hand the phone to the jailer or police officer who is supervising them. Let your child know that you will see them as soon as possible and that help is coming.

Once a bond amount has been set for your child, your next step should be to remove your child from jail as quickly as possible. If you do not have the amount of cash needed to bond your child out on hand, then you can employ the services of a bondsman. A bondsman will post the monetary amount of the bond for your child, and you will be charged a specific percentage of the total amount for the bondsman’s fee. If, for some reason, you cannot post bond for your child, you should immediately contact the services of a skilled and experienced NH DWI attorney.

Though your child does have the option to be represented in a court of law by a public defender, there will be a much higher chance of minimizing the legal consequences of a DWI arrest by employing an experienced DWI lawyer. Although time is of the essence in DWI cases, invest time into researching local DWI attorneys in your community. After you have hired an NH DWI lawyer, any communications that pass between the lawyer and your child are 100% confidential. Expect that the lawyer will be unable to provide you with updates regarding the case even though you are paying for the bill.

New Hampshire has enacted strict penalties for underage motorists who are caught drinking and driving. A first time DWI conviction is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. Monetary fines for this offense can reach as high as $1,200.00, in addition to court costs. Although your child will more than likely not face jail time for a first time conviction, they could potentially lose their driver’s license for up to two years. They will be required to complete an Impaired Driver Care Management Program, and a New Hampshire court could require that an ignition interlock device be installed in their vehicle. Furthermore, there are some universities who could reject your child’s application for admission if he or she has a criminal record.

Under the right circumstances, a DWI arrest and conviction can affect the rest of your child’s future. New Hampshire treats DWI cases very seriously, and a conviction is often accompanied by severe penalties – especially for motorists under the legal drinking age. The process will not be easy on anyone who is involved. More than likely, when you receive that first phone call, you are going to be caught off guard, and you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Selecting the right New Hampshire DWI attorney will make quite a difference towards building your child’s defense, as well as in providing your family with guidance and support through a difficult time.

If your child has been charged with a DWI in the state of New Hampshire, please contact our law firm today. Your initial consultation is free, and we can provide the expert guidance and support you need to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.



Disclaimer: Past results do not guarantee a future outcome. Results include cases in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Attorney Dan Hynes is admitted to practice law only in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This website may be considered advertising. Contacting us does not create an attorney/client relationship and the information on this site is not legal advice and may be inaccurate or not applicable to your case. Each case is different.

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