In New Mexico, there are two aspects to every drunk driving case—the criminal case and the administrative case with the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). The DWI defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates provide representation at both to protect your rights and driving privileges.
What is the Difference between Driver’s License Revocation and Suspension?
In practical terms, there is no difference between a driver’s license suspension and revocation. Both entail the loss of driving privileges. The difference is in the reason for the loss of privileges. Suspension may follow the accumulation of too many points on your driver’s license through traffic violations or the failure to pay child support. Revocation, on the other hand, is a consequence specific to drunk driving.
The Administrative Process to Remove License Revocation
It is possible to restore your driving privileges even while criminal DWI charges are pending. The process entails requesting a hearing with MVD about the license revocation within 10 days of the date of arrest. There are a number of fees that may apply, including:
- An administrative fee involved to request a hearing
- Reinstatement fee if your license revocation is removed
- Installation and maintenance costs if an ignition interlock device is required for the license revocation to be removed
While you are not required to have an attorney for administrative license revocation hearings, an experienced lawyer can make the process much simpler. An attorney can appear on your behalf so that you do not have to worry about requesting, scheduling and appearing at administrative hearings.