New Mexico DWI Laws
What You Need to Know
New Mexico has some of the toughest DWI laws in the entire United States. If you or a loved one have been arrested for DWI in New Mexico, Patrick J. Martinez & Associates provides the aggressive criminal defense you need.
Implied Consent and BAC
As a licensed driver in New Mexico, you are required to submit to a BAC breath test if an officer suspects drunk driving. This is known as implied consent. The legal BAC limit in New Mexico is 0.08% (roughly one drink). If you meet or exceed the legal BAC limit, you may face DWI charges.
If your BAC is between 0% and 0.08%, you can still face DWI charges. New Mexico law states that DWI charges can be pursued if the officer believes the offender to be “visibly impaired.”
DWI Penalties in Albuquerque
DWI offenders in New Mexico may face mandatory penalties, which include:
- DWI School
- Alcohol Evaluation
- Ignition Interlock for 1 Year
- Community Service
Depending on the presence of prior DWI offenses, other penalties may include:
- Jail time
- License revocation
DWI is a misdemeanor until the 4th offense in New Mexico. DWI becomes a felony when it is committed four times or more or if the offender’s BAC is above 0.16% (Aggravated DWI).
Why You Need a Lawyer
DWI charges can cause a great deal of disruption in your day-to-day life. Charges can have a negative impact on your job, your family and your future. With the help of an experienced DWI attorney, you can minimize the negative impact DWI charges have on your life.
Patrick J. Martinez & Associates provides the knowledgeable guidance and aggressive defense you need throughout the DWI process. We are committed to protecting your rights and freedom and are prepared to take your DWI case to court.
Contact a New Mexico DWI Lawyer
Patrick J. Martinez has over 25 years of experience navigating New Mexico DWI laws and advocating for the best interests of his clients. He trusts his clients and is always available to answer questions and concerns. To schedule a FREE DWI consultation, contact us today.