New Mexico’s campaign to ENDWI has led to the strict enforcement of DWI laws, and those laws call for fines and penalties that can damage your finances, reputation and family life as a result of jail time.
Administrative Penalties for DWI
The most immediate penalty for a DWI arrest is the revocation of your license by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). While you do have temporary driving privileges, failure to comply with administrative proceedings could result in long-term revocation.
If you are convicted of DWI, you may be required to get an interlock license and install and maintain an interlock device in your vehicle, all at personal cost. The length of time an interlock license and device are required increases with each subsequent offense.
Criminal Penalties for DWI
Unlike administrative penalties, no criminal penalties are assessed unless you are convicted of formal DWI charges. Penalties usually entail both a fine and jail and/or probation time, both of which increase with each subsequent conviction.
|Conviction||Fine||Imprisonment||Additional or Alternate Sentencing Options|
|1st||Up to $500||Up to 90 days||
|2nd||$500 to $1,000||At least 4 consecutive days||
|3rd||$750 to $1,000||At least 30 consecutive days||
Jail terms for each offense increase if the DWI is aggravated.
The 4th and subsequent offenses are felonies, which carry much more severe penalties, including prison time and the loss of civil rights while serving that time.
How to Fight DWI Fines and Penalties
What you don’t know about criminal DWI penalties is how they may affect your personal and professional life.
- What happens to your workplace reputation if you miss work without notice for even one day?
What happens to your personal or family’s finances if you have to take unpaid leave to serve a jail sentence?
Can you afford court costs and penalties?
Can you afford interlock device fees?
Rather than find out the hard way, fight to keep your record clean. Call Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC in Albuquerque, NM. We have the experience to help you fight DWI conviction. Our team provides the personal attention (including 24/7 cell phone access) and unrivaled criminal defense you need.