Under 21 - Alcohol & Drugs

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In New Hampshire, any person who is not yet 21, who is convicted of "any offense involving the sale, possession, use, or abuse of alcohol" may have his or her license suspended, revoked or denied. Additionally, college students charged with certain offenses may face sanctions, including eviction from student housing or expulsion. 

If you are under 21 and charged with Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence, click here: DWI Penalties - Under Age 21.

A license loss can also result from:

  • Intoxication ("internal possession" or unlawful possession of alcohol)
  • Using a Fake ID
  • Attempting to Purchase Alcohol
  • Transporting Alcohol (even closed containers)
  • Open Container violations

Even if you do not hold a NH license, many states will honor a license revocation or suspension issued by the NH DMV.

There can also be significant fines.

In addition, a person under age 21 can lose his or her license for any drug related offense, regardless of whether a motor vehicle was involved. Depending on the charge, a license loss can be mandatory. An experienced New Hampshire DWI Lawyer may be able to convince the Judge not to suspend a person's license.

For these reasons, what offense the prosecutor charges, and what sentence the judge imposes, can often be critical factors in determining the amount of the fine, and whether there will be a loss of license. A New Hampshire DWI lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to change the charge or convince a judge not to impose a loss of license.

If you are a student, or the parent of student who is under 21 and has been charged with a DWI in NH, or any other alcohol or drug related offense, give our New Hampshire DWI Lawyers a call. We routinely appear in the NH Courts and are experienced in handling these types of cases.

Inquiries sent to help [at] swnhlaw [dot] com are typically answered within 24 hours.