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Alcohol Offenses

Accused of an alcohol offense? Our attorneys can help

In New Hampshire, a violation of alcohol laws can lead to the arrest and criminal prosecution of the accused. The nature of the charges and potential penalties you will face for an alcohol offense differ depending on your specific situation. However, every case deserves legal help from an experienced New Hampshire alcohol offense lawyer at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A.

Alcohol offenses in New Hampshire

Some examples of alcohol offenses in the state include (but are not limited to):

  • Unlawful possession of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence of an alcoholic substance (DUI/DWI)
  • Drunken and disorderly conduct
  • Selling alcohol to a minor - prohibited sales
  • Underage transportation of alcohol
  • Purchasing alcohol for a minor, or otherwise giving them access
  • Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

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Alcohol offenses are usually charged as misdemeanors, which means that potential penalties include license suspension, community service, counseling, up to a year of jail time, and fines. Habitual offenders usually face more serious penalties, such as longer jail sentences and larger fines. If a DUI were to lead to a death, the charges may rise to the felony level.

Lawyers at your defense

When facing an alcohol charge, attorney John E. Durkin can assist you in a multitude of ways, including:

  • Raising possible defenses, including entrapment. This can especially be applied to situations in which you were caught buying or selling alcohol to minors as part of a sting operation.
  • Arguing a license suspension in exchange for a hardship license in a DUI administrative hearing in front of the DMV.
  • Introducing reasonable doubt
  • Arguing for a violation of your constitutional rights in the form of illegal search and seizure.
  • Help you negotiate into a first-time offender program. It is possible through these channels to avoid jail time.
  • Assist in negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor assigned to your case in order to attempt to minimalize penalties.

These are only some ways in which a New Hampshire alcohol offense lawyer can be of help when you are facing possible alcohol-related charges. Contact us at our Dover office today. No matter what the circumstances of your arrest, we want to help you.

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