Operating After Suspension (OAS) in New Hampshire
If you have been arrested in New Hampshire for operating a motor vehicle while your license was suspended, you may be wondering what to do. There are some very hefty fines and penalties associated with operating after suspension. You can take steps to avoid more NH demerit points on your driving record and severe punishments by hiring NH motor vehicle offense attorney Kevin M. Tighe to defend you.
In New Hampshire, according to the most updated statute,
“A person who drives a motor vehicle in NH while such person's license or driving privilege is suspended or revoked shall be guilty of violating this section regardless of whether such person has a license on the effective date of such suspension or revocation. Evidence that the notice of suspension or revocation was sent to the person's last known address as shown on the records of the division shall be prima facie evidence that the person was notified of the suspension or revocation.”
This means that even if you have moved and did not receive the notice, you will still be held responsible for operating after suspension. Even if you are able to get a new license from a different state, your New Hampshire license will still be considered suspended; in this instance you can still be found in violation.
Although there are very clear definitions for what it means to operate on a suspended license, the court decides a different punishment for each case depending on the defense’s arguments along with the circumstances. You should hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you can get the best defense possible. Under the right conditions, your attorney may be able to get the charges dropped altogether.
Penalties in New Hampshire
Any person who is pulled over or arrested for driving with a suspended license may face very harsh penalties, including:
- A Class “A” or Class “B” misdemeanor charge
- A fine
- Substantially increased suspension time
- Possible jail time
- A Class “B” felony charge
The law Office of Kevin M. Tighe is the best choice for handling Operating After Suspension (OAS) cases in New Hampshire. You can call or send an email for a free and confidential consultation.
Hiring the right attorney can help you avoid fines and jail time. Make sure you contact your attorney as soon as possible to give yourself a better chance in court. You need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who is ready to fight for you.
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