Minors under age 21 face enhanced penalties for DWI offenses.
Our firm is here to help make sure you or your loved one's life is not unjustly derailed at such a young age. Let's examine non-DWI New Hampshire alcohol laws which are directed at minors.
This law prohibits minors under age 21 from possessing alcohol or being intoxicated by alcohol. Below is a list of mandatory minimum penalties and discretionary penalties for those convicted.
$300 fine plus penalty assessment ($72)
90 days up to 1 year.
$600 fine plus penalty assessment ($144)
6 months up to 2 years
The prosecutor must prove the minor was intoxicated if they pursue this variant of NH RSA 179:10. In essence, the State must prove the person under 21 would have been guilty of over-21 DWI to convict. This differs greatly from DWIs for those under 21 where one is prima facie guilty if the State proves a .02 or higher breath or blood result beyond a reasonable doubt.
A minor convicted of transporting alcohol by vehicle faces a 60 day suspension of their driver's license or privilege to drive and a minor boater faces a 90 day suspension of the same privileges (including driving a vehicle).
Contact the defense attorneys Reis & O'Keefe, PLLC for a free consultation if you or a loved one faces the court and collateral consequences of an alcohol-related offense. We know that colleges, the military, law enforcement, college athletic teams, have consequences now and in the future for such offenses and we are happy to help.