Drunk Driving Search and Seizure in New Mexico
Drunk driving is a problem statewide in New Mexico. However, efforts to crack down on DWI should not violate your constitutional rights. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you should seek the help of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates right away. They can help defend your innocence when an unlawful search and seizure has occurred.
What You Should Know about Search and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. In other words, police officers must have reasonable cause to pull you over. They cannot randomly pull people over and search their vehicles and/or seize their person (i.e. make someone perform a field sobriety tests without their consent or arrest someone) in order to find evidence of drunk driving.
While New Mexico drivers give implied consent to allow chemical BAC testing by virtue of accepting their drivers’ licenses, you may request an independent test.
Unfortunately, many drunk driving arrests involve civil rights violations, including unlawful searches and seizures.
Expert Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys in Albuquerque
Unlawful searches and seizures are civil rights violations that can be the key to getting your drunk driving charges dismissed. Any evidence collected in a search and seizure that violates your Fourth Amendment right cannot be admitted in court. However, in order to know what evidence can or cannot be used against you requires the representation of an experienced attorney.
The DWI defense lawyers at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates have decades of experience with all types of DWI cases. We help personal and commercial drivers who have been arrested at DUI checkpoints and other traffic stops fight against drunk driving charges that compromised their rights. We know how to investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and build a strong defense. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office.