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What is an aggravated DUI in New Hampshire?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is driving under the influence no matter what, right? While DUI is a serious offense in any circumstance, there is a more severe form of DUI known as aggravated DUI. An aggravated DUI occurs when the driver’s actions create a greater danger beyond drinking and driving.

These factors involve a heightened danger to yourself or other people. In New Hampshire, aggravating factors include:

Seeking a restricted driver’s license after DUI

You’ve climbed behind the wheel when you were unfit to drive, and the result is of a DUI/OUI conviction. Your life may seem in disarray and your livelihood may be hanging in the balance. Fortunately, you do have some options for getting certain driving privileges restored.

New Hampshire and Maine both have restricted driving license programs for people found guilty of DUI/OUI. These programs differ somewhat from state to state, but the offender has an opportunity to resume driving for work, medical care and attending college classes.

You could get a DUI on a snowmobile

As snow continues to fall in New England, many people may be taking advantage of the weather by participating in their favorite winter activities as much as possible. You may be one of many who might be making time to break out your snowmobile before spring arrives.

While you may be eager to go off-road, remember that your driving privileges are still worth protecting. Even through snowmobiles are considered off-road vehicles, the state's drunk driving laws still apply. Operating your snowmobile while intoxicated could land you a DUI charge, and causing accidental injuries or death as a result could bring about heavy penalties.

Autumn increases the chances for drowsy driving

The northeast is one of the best areas in the nation during the fall season. The amount of festivals that occur and trees that change leaf colors gets many residents excited for October and November every year.

However, the seasonal change also brings newer hazards to motorists. While summer often has a higher motor vehicle accident and fatality count, many individuals in New Hampshire do not prepare themselves for how the colder weather and falling leaves affect their driving. One of the biggest changes in autumn is how more likely it is to get in a drowsy driving accident. Drivers should be aware of how the decreasing sunlight is affecting their ability to stay awake on the road.

How is marital property divided in New Hampshire?

If you are contemplating or facing divorce, you may wonder how you and your spouse will split your property. In New Hampshire, marital property refers to everything and anything owned jointly by you and your spouse.

If you and your spouse can agree on how to split your marital property, the court will accept your decision. If you cannot come to an agreement, the court will make the decision on how to split your property.

What could being accused of reckless driving mean for you?

If you are like many individuals here in New Hampshire, you spend a good deal of time behind the wheel commuting to and from work and doing other travels. With so much time spent driving, there are many different on-the-road situations you could encounter. Some could have impacts on your future. One is if you are pulled over by police and accused of a traffic violation.

Not all traffic violations are treated the same under state law. Some are particularly serious in nature. One such violation is reckless driving. You could face significant possible consequences if accused of such conduct.

Staying safe when driving around big rigs

When you see a commercial or semi-truck on the freeway, your instinct probably tells you to stay clear. Not only are the giant tires intimidating compared to your vehicle, but you’ve also read countless news articles about the frequency of truck-involved accidents, and you’re determined not to make one of those headlines.

Luckily, there are some things that you can do to avoid this.

Could your DUI keep you from seeing your children?

When it comes to child visitation rights, each state carries its own complexities. Mix in a serious charge, like multiple DUIs from a noncustodial parent and the complexities become even trickier. If you find yourself in a situation where you could potentially lose child visitation rights due to a terrible mistake you've made, this is what you need to know. 

If your former partner is making moves to take away your child visitation rights because of multiple DUIs, they will have to go to pretty great lengths to do so. With a court system that values the presence of both parents in a child's life your former partner will have to supply sufficient evidence to prove that you are a danger or a threat to the well-being and safety of your child. 

Divorce: should you consider joint custody?

During a divorce, you make a number of important choices that affect your family’s future. Some of the biggest decisions revolve around your children. Who will they live with? How often will they see your ex-spouse? How much money will be given in child support payments? The questions can seem endless.

You have probably heard of joint legal and physical custody, but you might not know exactly what that entails. Let’s take a closer at this arrangement so you can decide if it might be a good option for you and your family.

Cigars, wild sex & bribery: Documents delay Navy corruption trial

It sounds like it would be an interesting trial. Twenty-five people -- high officials from the Navy and military contractors -- are accused of playing it fast and loose with the rules in Southeast Asia. Agents of defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia allegedly provided Seventh Fleet officials with luxury dinners and travel, $2,000-a-box cigars, premium cognac, travel and 'wild sex parties' with prostitutes in exchange for classified information that would allow them to garner massive contracts with the Fleet.

"The alleged conduct amounts to a staggering degree of corruption by the most prominent leaders of the Seventh Fleet - the largest fleet in the U.S. Navy - actively worked together as a team to trade secrets for sex, serving the interests of a greedy foreign defense contractor, and not those of their own country," says the U.S. Attorney.


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