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College students abusing prescribed drugs could lose big

For many young people, college is a time of experimentation. They will learn as much through their social encounters and personal mistakes in the years of higher education as they will in classes. College is when students learn to make wise decisions, provide for their own needs and focus on what matters most through trial and error. Sometimes, however, those errors can have a profound impact on the ability to finish an education.

For students facing criminal charges related to drugs, the consequences couldn't be more serious. In addition to criminal penalties, they could face administrative actions by the school and a potential loss of financial aid if they get convicted or plead guilty. Some students may think prescribed drugs are a safer option, but they could face serious consequences if they get caught.

When does a New Hampshire DWI charge become a felony?

Any criminal charge is a serious concern, but those that are felonies usually carry the harshest penalties. If you find yourself or a loved one facing a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge, you may want to educate yourself more about how New Hampshire handles these cases. Every state has its own set of rules relating to impaired driving, with different potential penalties and charges for special circumstances.

Most people facing a first or second DWI offense in New Hampshire will face misdemeanor charges, although those also become more severe with subsequent offenses. Even third DWI charges for an individual driver may remain misdemeanors. However, there are circumstances in which a DWI charge will become a felony charge in New Hampshire. Understanding these are important, because New Hampshire has harsh penalties for these charges.

Don't discount New Hampshire's penalties for drunk driving

Drunk driving is a serious criminal act that many people tend to discount because they don't see the big deal about having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Some individuals might even think that they can handle their alcohol in a manner that allows them to drive.

The fact is that it doesn't matter who well you think you can drive if your blood alcohol concentration is higher than the legal limit. Even if you consider yourself a "functional drunk person," you can still face criminal charges. Here's what you need to know about drinking and driving in New Hampshire:

6 defenses against a murder charge

Murder is the highest-level crime in New Hampshire, and a conviction of murder could come with the highest consequence — the death penalty. For this reason, those accused of murder should use any criminal defense strategy that could help them avoid convictions.

The choice of criminal defense against a murder charge will largely depend upon the facts and evidence surrounding the death, the defendant's preferences and other factors.

Breathalyzer results are not always reliable

When a police officer determines that a driver is too intoxicated to drive using the results of a breathalyzer, the driver may think that there is nothing he or she can do to fight the charges. This a normal feeling, but drivers who face DUI charges may have more ways to fight than they realize, including challenging the breathalyzer results themselves.

If you recently received DUI charges involving breathalyzer results, you should not wait another day before building a strong legal defense. Without some form of legal defense, you have nothing to protect you from whatever sentence a prosecutor recommends, and these punishments are often much harsher than is necessary.

Possession of marijuana with intent still carries harsh penalties

Many states have decided to legalize marijuana for medicinal or adult recreational use. A number of states and quite a few cities have also chosen to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use. Social attitudes toward marijuana have changed drastically in the last decade, but court and law enforcement approaches to the substance remain locked in a time of prohibition.

For those living in or visiting New Hampshire, there's potential for serious criminal charges related to marijuana. While simple possession has lower penalties in New Hampshire compared with other states, the penalties for possession with intent are still quite severe.

Underage drinking could cause major issues for your teen

The teenage years are often a time of social growth, self-discovery and mistakes. Young adults grow and mature as they make poor decisions and learn from the consequences of their actions. Usually, those mistakes involve consequences like a headache from dehydration, failing a test due to lack of study or getting grounded for breaking curfew. Sadly, for some teens, youthful indiscretions can have longer-lasting consequences.

When law enforcement gets involved, an otherwise minor mistake could haunt your teen for years to come. It's also a mistake for you, as a parent, to brush off alcohol-related offenses your child faces a minor concern. In reality, your child could face criminal penalties and a record that could impact everything from college admissions to future job prospects.

Drugs and driving under the influence – what you should know

While most driving under the influence (DUI) cases involve alcohol, it is possible to face a DUI charge for operating a vehicle while impaired by many other substances. For example, a law enforcement officer can charge you with a DUI if you are under the influence of a prescription drug. Even if the medication you are taking is a legal prescription from your doctor and you took the correct dosage, you could still be facing some serious consequences if you receive a DUI.

Different kinds of drugs can impact your driving in different ways. For example, the effects of driving under the influence of muscle relaxers can be different from driving under the influence of marijuana.

What’s difference between manslaughter and negligent homicide?

New Hampshire state laws generally divide criminal homicide into five categories. These include capital murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. Manslaughter and negligent homicide are very closely related, however, there are some differences.

While these two particular criminal homicide offenses can seem almost like the same crime, certain circumstances separate the two. To find out more about New Hampshire manslaughter laws and negligent homicide, read further.

These situations can lead to the loss of your right to a firearm

When you commit a crime or are accused of one, your first thought might be that you need to avoid prison. Prison isn't the only possible punishment there is for committing a crime. In fact, you could lose your right to own a firearm.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act restricts the people who can own a gun in America. You may not have a gun for business or personal use if you have done any of the following.

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