License Forfeiture in Albuquerque, New Mexico

A number of things happen as part of a drunk driving stop and arrest. Once you understand some of the common outcomes, you may be better prepared to move on with the process of recovery and criminal proceedings.

What Is License Forfeiture?

License forfeiture is the act of giving your physical license to the police officer upon arrest for drunk driving. The forfeiture of your physical license in and of itself is not indicative of loss of driving privileges. Once you are released from holding, you can drive. However, you do have to request an administrative hearing with New Mexico MVD to recover your driver’s license and prevent automatic license revocation.

What License Forfeiture Is Not

The forfeiture of your physical license should not be confused with other common outcomes of a drunk driving arrest, such as:

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Vehicle forfeiture (or seizure)

Both of these issues require an administrative hearing—with New Mexico MVD and the City of Albuquerque, respectively—to be resolved. The administrative hearings must be requested in writing with 10 days of your arrest.

Free Help to Recover Your Forfeited License

After a drunk driving arrest, one of the most commonly asked questions is “Can I drive?” Recovering your driver’s license and avoiding loss of driving privileges is one of the most immediate concerns, and the criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates in Albuquerque, NM can help. When you retain us for criminal defense, we provide representation at all administrative hearings at no extra cost.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation to get your DWI defense case started.

Call (505) 242-9164 for a DWI criminal defense attorney who will help you recover your license and driving privileges.