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In the state of New Mexico, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In order to make an arrest for DWI, however, police officers will need probable cause. Many times, officers will look for common behaviors that could indicate that a driver may be driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Such behaviors may include:
If a police officer has pulled you over for suspicion of DWI, the officer may subject you to a breath test, blood test, or Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST). These tests are used to determine if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is above or below the legal amount. If your BAC is determined to be above .08% (or .04% for commercial drivers or .02% for underage drivers), then you may be placed under arrest for DWI.
Due to New Mexico’s Implied Consent law, all legally licensed drivers will be required to submit to a chemical test. Refusal to take a chemical test could result in enhanced penalties.
A DWI conviction could result in the following penalties:
Subsequent convictions could result in increased penalties, including raised insurance premiums, a lifetime driver’s license suspension, completion of court-approved drug treatment programs, or community service.
Upon arrest for DWI, police officers will most likely revoke or suspend your driver’s license. You will then have up to 10 days to request an administrative hearing where you will have the opportunity to challenge a license suspension or revocation. In order to protect your driving privileges, you will need to speak with an experienced and aggressive Albuquerque DWI attorney who knows how to protect your rights, interests, and freedoms. Our criminal defense firm can fight on your behalf!
To save your license, you will need to act swiftly. Call us before prosecutors start building a case against you! Request your FREE consultation at 505.705.8028.