One benefit of having an experienced DWI defense attorney on your side is having someone guide you through the DWI process. Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC provides the personal attention and tough representation you need for the most convenience and confidence in your case outcomes.
DWI Process Overview
A DWI arrest is a traffic violation and possibly a criminal offense. Consequently, a DWI arrest starts two separate processes:
- Administrative process that involves the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department (MVD)
It is through the administrative DWI process that you may reinstate a revoked or suspended license and/or comply with interlock requirements (if applicable).
- Criminal justice process that involves the Second Judicial District Court
It is through the criminal process that DWI charges may be made and prosecution works to achieve a conviction while your defense team fights conviction.
Each process has its own timeframes and deadlines. Missing any deadlines can mean automatic penalties that could easily have been avoided, or worse, forfeiting DWI defense strategies.
MVD DWI Process
At the time of DWI arrest, the officer will serve you with a Notice of Revocation (citation), which serves as a temporary driver’s license for 20 days. So, you are still a legal driver.
However, from the time of arrest, you have only 10 days to request a hearing before the MVD to restore your driving privileges. Hearing requests must be sent with a $25 fee.
If you wait more than 10 days, your driving privileges automatically expire at the end of the 20-day temporary licensed period.
At the MVD administrative hearing, your license may:
- Be fully reinstated
If the officer took your physical license at the time of arrest, you will need to get a replacement license, for which you will pay out of pocket.
Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, pay the $25 fee and appear on your behalf at the MVD administrative hearing.
Criminal DWI Process
For DWI arrests made in Bernalillo County, criminal proceedings take place at the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque.
The criminal justice process begins with your arraignment—a hearing before a criminal court judge where formal DWI charges are made or you are excused from any charges.
Your arraignment is the starting point for a number of important timelines:
|DWI Defense Case Action Item|
|10 days||To excuse the judge randomly assigned to your case|
|30 days||For discovery to be cited—i.e., videos from lapel cameras, physical evidence, transcripts, etc. available for review|
|100 days||For prosecution to identify witnesses for defense to interview|
|180 days||To trial|
Each timeline marks a point in the criminal justice process where your defense team may take action that may improve the likelihood that your DWI charges will be dismissed or reduced.
While these timelines are in play, your criminal defense team may:
- Investigate the circumstances of your arrest to determine if any civil rights violations occurred that may be grounds for case dismissal
- Investigate the evidence and the instruments used to collect it to determine the accuracy and reliability of the evidence
- Suppress witnesses identified after the 100-day interview rule
That is how we build strong DWI defenses. That is the level of personal attention you deserve.
For trusted counsel and aggressive representation throughout your DWI process, call Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC. Your initial case consultation is free.