Multiple UNH Students Arrested For DWI Following “Snow Day” Parties
Partying took place in multiple locations across the campus of the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday, February 5th, in anticipation of a predicted snow day for Wednesday. According to Durham police, this led to a total of 7 alcohol related arrests. Although the UNH campus is usually relatively quiet, Durham police believe that the early announcement that classes were to be cancelled for the following day gave some students cause to celebrate.
Deputy Chief Rene Kelley stated: “Because the university announced very early that there were no classes (Wednesday), it seems a number of young people took the opportunity to create disturbances.”
Although a complete list of the names of the arrested individuals and what crimes they were charged with was not fully available as of Wednesday afternoon, it was made clear that one individual had been charged with a DWI and placed in protective custody in the Strafford County Jail. According to Kelley’s statement, he was too intoxicated at the time of his arrest to be properly processed.
Shortly before 1:00 am, another individual was arrested on Main Street for driving while intoxicated. Further details about this arrest were unavailable at the time.
Unfortunately, this situation illustrates the poor lapse in judgment that individuals suffer from when they become intoxicated. Being convicted of even a first offense DWI in the state of New Hampshire is serious business. New Hampshire has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country, and a first offense conviction can result in a jail sentence, payment of costly monetary fines, suspension of one’s driver’s license, alcohol treatment and drug counseling, and mandatory completion of the state’s Impaired Driver Intervention Program. For motorists who are under the age of 21 and convicted of a DWI, the resulting penalties are even harsher.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DWI in the state of New Hampshire, contact our law offices today to set up a free consultation discuss the details of your case. An arrest does not have to result in a conviction, and our skilled New Hampshire DWI attorneys can put their expertise to work on your behalf to ensure a suitable outcome is achieved in your case.