If you have been charged with a driving while intoxicated offense in New Mexico, you are not alone. Many people find themselves facing these types of charges, but it is important to remember than arrest does not mean you are guilty. You will want to understand the potential ramifications of the charge, how to defend yourself and what impact the event may have on your life.
As explained by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, the division may be able to impose its own set of penalties that are separate from what might happen in any criminal proceedings against you. This could well include the loss of your driving privileges. If your driver's license is revoked by the MVD, that does not preclude any further loss of privileges imposed by courts. A revocation may last anywhere from six months to life depending on the nature of your arrest and if you have had any previous drunk driving convictions on record.
If you want to reinstate your right to drive early, you may be able to install and use an ignition interlock device. This requires you to provide a breath sample every time you want to drive before your vehicle ignition will be unlocked. You will be responsible for all costs associated with the IID.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New Mexico an overview of how their right to drive may be affected after they have been arrested for a suspected driving while intoxicated offense.