New Mexico is hard on drunk drivers. After your first DWI offense, penalties just keep getting steeper. With a third DWI offense, you can lose three months of your life and thousands of dollars. To protect your freedom, your financial security and your livelihood, get expert legal counsel from the criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
Consequences of a Third DWI Offense
Many of the consequences for a third DWI offense are the same as those for previous offenses, such as:
- Administrative hearing application fees to recover your forfeited license and/or seized vehicle
- Court costs, including probation fees and victims’ fees
- Education and/or intervention program costs
- Ignition interlock license, installation and maintenance
With a third DWI offense, though, the most severe increase in penalty has to do with your loss of freedom. A third DWI conviction carries a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail, but you could face detention for up to 364 days.
Defense against a Third DWI Conviction
The mandatory jail time associated with a third DWI conviction can cost you more than your freedom. The lost time could cost you your job, too. And, with three DWI convictions, your record does not recommend you for many job opportunities.
To protect your freedom and your future, you need the help of an experienced attorney. The criminal defense lawyers at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates in Albuquerque, NM provide the expert counsel you need. We have focused our practice on DWI defense for more than 20 years. We know how to investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, address scientific issues with BAC testing and assess if any civil rights violations occurred. We know how to build a strong case in your defense, and we fight hard to get charges dismissed or reduced.
Do not face a third DWI offense alone. Contact Patrick J. Martinez & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation. We provide representation at all administrative hearings at no extra charge for our criminal defense clients.