Commercial DWI Laws in New Mexico
Individuals who possess a commercial driver’s license are held to unique standards in New Mexico. If arrested for DWI, the consequences can be severe. Patrick J. Martinez & Associates provide aggressive and attentive legal help for commercial drivers facing DWI charges in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
DWI Laws for Commercial Drivers
In New Mexico, DWI laws are strict, especially for individuals with a commercial driver’s license. The legal BAC limit of commercial drivers is 0.04%.
Just like regular licensed drivers, all drivers with a commercial driver’s license are required to give a BAC breath test if suspected of drunk driving. If the test exceeds 0.04%, the driver can be arrested for DWI.
Penalties for Commercial DWI
If convicted for DWI, commercial drivers face the same criminal penalties as other motorists, which include:
- Jail time
- Community Service
- Ignition Interlock
- DWI School
- Alcohol evaluation
If you an operator of a commercial vehicle is arrested for DWI, their commercial driver’s license is automatically revoked by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department. The driver may also be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for a full calendar year. The revocation can be contested in court, but this must occur within 21 days of the arrest.
Why You Need a DWI Attorney
For commercial drivers, a DWI can have life-altering consequences. You could lose your license, your career and put future employment in jeopardy.
In a court of law, every person is innocent until proven guilty. At Patrick J. Martinez & Associates, we protect your innocence and your freedom with aggressive legal defense. Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience defending commercial DWI offenders with success and dignity.
If you have been arrested for DWI while operating a commercial vehicle, it is essential to get a lawyer immediately to protect your driving rights and job. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.