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Albuquerque, New Mexico-Drunk Driving Consequences

Facing a DUI/DWI arrest is a serious offense that can have life-altering consequences. To best represent and defend your interests, you need an experienced drunk driving lawyer. Your attorney can inform you of the possible penalties of a conviction and fight to get your charges reduced or dropped. The following is a list of the types of drunk driving consequences you may face based on the number of offenses you’ve had:

 DUI/DWI Penalties

1st Offense (Misdemeanor)

  • 6 months to 1 year license revocation
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Mandatory:
    • DWI school
    • alcohol evaluation
    • 1 year ignition interlock
    • community service
  • Aggravated (.16 or higher BAL) Mandatory:
    • 48 hours in jail

2nd Offense (Misdemeanor)

  • 2 year license revocation
  • Up to 364 days in jail, 96 hours mandatory
  • Up to $1000 fine
  • Mandatory:
    • alcohol evaluation
    • 2 year ignition interlock
    • community service
    • treatment
  • Up to 5 years probation
  • Aggravated Mandatory:
    • 72 hours in jail

3rd Offense (Misdemeanor)

  • 3 year license revocation
  • Up to 364 days in jail
  • Up to $1000 fine
  • Mandatory:
    • alcohol evaluation
    • 3 year ignition interlock
    • community service
    • treatment
  • Up to 5 years Probation
  • Aggravated Mandatory:
    • 60 days in jail

4th Offense and Higher (Felony)

  • Lifetime license revocation with 5 year court review
  • Up to $5000 fine
  • Mandatory:
    • alcohol evaluation
    • treatment
    • lifetime ignition interlock with 5 year court review
  • Time in jail:
    • 4th: 18 months, mandatory 6 months
    • 5th: 2 years, mandatory 1 year
    • 6th: 30 months, mandatory 18 months
    • 7th and subsequent: 3 years, mandatory 2 years

Additionally, an aggravated DWI charge may escalate your consequences and complicate your DWI defense. A DWI is considered aggravated if you allegedly refused to take a breath or blood test when arrested, have a blood alcohol level of .16 or higher, or caused an accident resulting in serious injuries.

Contact Our Experienced Drunk Driving Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drunk driving, contact Patrick J. Martinez & Associates for skilled criminal and DWI defense. We have been defending the rights and fighting for the freedom of those charged with DWIs for 15 years, and our drunk driving lawyers work tirelessly to investigate each case. Contact Patrick J. Martinez for a free initial consultation to discuss your DWI defense.

Call 505-242-9164 today to speak with our
Albuquerque drunk driving lawyers!