Commercial vehicle operators have a lower blood alcohol concentration limit than other drivers (age 21 and older). If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you may face administrative and criminal penalties that can interfere with your ability to make a living. To protect your livelihood, you should seek the expert counsel of the criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
What You Need to Know about License Suspension
In New Mexico, the legal BAC limit for most drivers is .08. However, for commercial vehicle operators, the legal limit is only .04. If you are accused of drunk driving, the police officer will immediately confiscate your license.
You will need to request a hearing from the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD); however, while you may be able to prevent license suspension of your personal driving privileges, you may still be prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle. Lengthy license suspension may be cause for employment termination.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
When you retain a criminal defense attorney from Patrick J. Martinez & Associates, we provide representation in both criminal and administrative proceedings. We attend hearings with the MVD on your behalf, and we know how to navigate the system to restore your commercial driving privileges while criminal DWI charges are pending.
Our criminal defense attorneys know how to investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and build a strong case in your defense. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office.