What Happens If I am Convicted of DWI?

What next?

     If you are convicted of DWI, in addition to paying fines, having your license suspended and possibly serving a sentence in jail or prison, you will be required to complete treatment before your privilege to drive can be reinstated.  


     The acronym IDCMP is shorthand for an impaired driver care management program.  After your conviction, you will be required to schedule an intake assessment/evaluation at an IDCMP within fourteen days of your conviction.  The fourteen day timeline is crucial because if you do not schedule the evaluation within fourteen days, you will forfeit the opportunity to shorten the period of license revocation.  The embedded list will display all available IDCMP sites in New Hampshire.  The receiving agencies are spread throughout the state


When you arrive at the IDCMP intake evaluation, you must bring the following materials:

  1. A copy of all police reports;
  2. Any documentation which sets forth the results of a blood test, breath test or other chemical test;
  3. Two copies of your sentencing paperwork; and
  4. A recent copy of your motor vehicle record, post conviction.  You can obtain a copy of your New Hampshire motor vehicle record by going to any New Hampshire DMV substation.  


Intake Appointment

     When you arrive for your intake appointment, you will be interviewed and asked to submit to a variety of written assessment tools.  These tests will determine whether your past conduct indicates that you suffer from a substance abuse disorder which requires that you complete another substance abuse evaluation beyond the initial screening process.  There are certain "red flag" facts which automatically trigger a substance abuse evaluation.  For example, if you submitted to breath test which revealed a BAC over a .16 or if you were convicted of a DWI and you were under the age of 21, you will be required to complete a full blown substance abuse evaluation.  The substance abuse evaluation must be scheduled within thirty days of your conviction. 

Substance Abuse Evaluation

     A substance abuse evaluation will involve another interview with a licensed alcohol drug counselor (LADC) who will develop a service plan.  The service plan will likely involve formal alcohol treatment with a LADC over a period of about six months. Depending on the severity of the substance abuse issue, the service plan could be longer or shorter than six months.  Furthermore, the service plan will likely involve attending group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous .  If you do not comply with the service plan, you will never be eligible to have your license restored.


     Whether or not you are required to complete a full blown substance abuse evaluation, everyone who is convicted of a DWI must complete the Impaired Driver Education Program (IDEP).  The IDEP is colloquially referred to as drunk driving school.  This class can be attended over the course of several weeks or during one weekend.   

How much does this all cost?

     As you may have guessed, all of these services, appointments, treatment sessions and classes cost money, a lot of it.  People who are indigent have the opportunity to work with treatment providers on a sliding scale.  The following document details the costs associated with the various treatment programs which are part of a DWI conviction.

Because the consequences of a DWI conviction are so severe, you should contact a trained criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber for a free consultation to discuss your case.  Contact us at 603-880-6100.