New Mexico has some of the highest DUI rates in the country. To reduce the incidence rates DWIs, the state takes a harsh stance against offenders. Though penalties for DUI vary based on the circumstances surrounding the incident, they often include fines, possibility of jail time, license suspension or, in extreme cases, lifetime license suspension. The Albuquerque DWI defense lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, are routinely called upon to fight on behalf of defendants in DUI cases for a reason: We get results. If you face license suspension and other consequences of a DWI in New Mexico, Simon Says, “Call Kubiak” today.
Grounds for Lifetime License Suspension
All DUI convictions in New Mexico result in some period of license suspension. For instance, violating the state’s implied consent laws may result in a revocation period of six months. A first time DUI conviction is likely to result in a revocation period of one year. A third-time conviction may result in up to three years of a suspended license. However, after the fourth conviction, the state is unlikely to grant you any more chances. A fourth conviction more often than not results in lifetime license revocation. Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC are skilled in the process of reinstatement of a lifetime license revocation.
MVD License Revocation Hearing
Individuals who hope to appeal the court’s decision through an MVD hearing may be setting themselves up for disappointment. Unfortunately, the threshold of proof is fairly low for officers in DUI cases. Once upon a time, officers did have to show that the stop was illegal per the Fourth Amendment. This gave defendants a glimmer of hope, if not much. However, a precedence-setting case did away with that requirement and today, officers need only show that the defendant’s BAC was .08 or greater and/or the defendant refused to take the breath test. So long as the hearing is held on schedule, the MVD cannot reinstate a fourth-time offender’s license.
It’s Imperative To Work With a Skilled Lawyer From the Get-Go
Because there is little chance that the MVD will reinstate your license regardless of the legality of the officer’s stop or other evidence in your favor, it is essential that you retain the help of a skilled DUI attorney before your case ensues. An experienced DWI defense lawyer can fight to obtain dropped or reduced charges and strive to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the headache of a revoked license at all. For the strongest possible defense, contact the lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, right away.