New Mexico law recognizes several levels of DUI/DWI offenses. As a result, defendants in these types of cases face a myriad of punishments, but which is often unclear and confusing. The Albuquerque drunk driving defense lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, are familiar with the various laws surrounding drunk driving and are prepared to inform clients of potential outcomes as well as of viable defenses. For a better understanding of what to expect from your particular case, reach out to our defense team today.
DUI Fines in New Mexico
The financial ramifications of a DUI conviction are great in New Mexico and, for many, are a downright impossibility. Moreover, the monetary penalties increase with each subsequent DUI conviction a person receives:
- 1st Offense: Up to $500
- 2nd Offense: Mandatory $500, up to $1,000
- 3rd Offense: Mandatory $750, up to $1,000
- 4th and Subsequent Offense: Up to $5,000
Of course, the financial consequences do not end there. A DUI conviction can result in increased insurance rates, job loss, mandatory (and self-paid for) DUI classes and mandatory (and self-paid for) ignition interlock device.
DUI Penalties in New Mexico
Like with the fines associated with a DUI in New Mexico, the penalties for drunk driving becoming increasingly more severe with each subsequent offense. Additionally, aggravating factors, such as driving under the influence with a child passenger or driving with a BAC of over .16, can result in increased penalties. That said, NM doles out mandatory penalties for all offenders:
- License suspension
- Ignition interlock device
- Court fees and costs
The state mandates jail time for second and subsequent offense but makes it optional for first-time offenses. Offenders may also be subject to probation, community service and driver’s education courses.
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The Albuquerque drunk driving defense lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, are prepared to defend your rights and your freedom regardless of the charges you face. For unwavering support and aggressive legal representation, call our office today to schedule a consultation.