Criminal Drunk Driving Charges

In Albuquerque and statewide, law enforcement is on the lookout for drunk drivers, trying to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths. The pressure to crack down on drunk driving means that charges come with some stiff penalties. To keep your record clean and protect your rights, you need the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney from Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.

Consequences of Drunk Driving Charges

The first, second and third criminal drunk driving charges are misdemeanors, but they come with heavy penalties. First offenders can expect to go through a program that entails:


  • One year probation
  • One year ignition interlock (installed and maintained at personal expense)
  • DWI impact panel
  • DWI school


With each subsequent drunk driving charge, you face fines and increasing jail time. The fourth and any subsequent offense is a felony, carrying a minimum of one year in prison and possibly, permanent revocation of your license.


There are consequences to drunk driving charges that have nothing to do the criminal justice system. Drunk driving charges can cost you employment opportunities, interfere with housing applications and result in the loss of other privileges. In the event of a drunk driving accident, you could be held liable for damages and losses in a civil personal injury suit.


Criminal Defense for Drunk Driving Charges

The penalties for criminal drunk driving charges are severe. You should not try to handle your criminal defense alone. If you have been accused for drunk driving, get expert legal help from Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.


Our attorneys have decades of experience handling DWI cases. We know how to investigate the circumstances of your arrest to ensure that BAC limit testing was properly conducted and that your constitutional rights were respected throughout the process. When we take on criminal defense in your DWI case, we also represent you at all administrative hearings with the Motor Vehicle Department to prevent license suspension and/or revocation. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office.

If you are facing criminal drunk driving charges, call (505) 242-9164 for help from an experienced criminal defense attorney.