An automatic consequence of a DWI arrest in New Mexico is license suspension. If your license has been suspended after a drunk driving arrest, Patrick J. Martinez & Associates can provide the skillful representation you need for a successful appeal.
How to Keep Your License after a DWI Arrest
After you have been arrested for DWI, your license may be confiscated or suspended. Fortunately, you can appeal this decision through the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles.
The duration of a DWI driver’s license suspension is dependent on the presence of prior convictions and the severity of the offense.
- 1st Offense – 6 months to one year
- 2nd Offense – 2 years
- 3rd Offense – 3 years
- 4th and Subsequent Offenses – Lifetime driver’s license suspension with possible appeal every 5 years
After a DWI arrest, there is a small time frame in which you can appeal your driver’s license suspension. At Patrick J. Martinez & Associates, we start working on your MVD appeal right away. Our attorneys can appear on your behalf and negotiate reinstatement of your driver’s license.
Ignition Interlock License
After a DWI arrest, the only license type you are eligible for is an ignition interlock license. This license reinstates your driving rights upon the condition that you are driving a car that is:
- Registered in your name or your spouse’s name
- Outfitted with an ignition interlock device from a state-approved installer
- A commercial vehicle
For first time DWI offenders, a one-year driver’s license suspension is mandatory. However, there are exceptions that can result in a reduced suspension. These include:
- If you didn’t refuse to take the breath test
- If you have no prior revocations of your license for DWI
If you are arrested for driving on a revoked license, the penalties can be severe. It is imperative to contact an experienced DWI attorney as soon as possible to protect your best interests. Patrick J. Martinez and Associates provide the aggressive legal representation you need to protect your freedom in court.
Contact a DWI Attorney in Albuquerque
If you have been arrested for DWI in Albuquerque, your driving rights may be at stake. Contact the experienced DWI attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates to get started on a DWI license suspension appeal!