New Mexico Drunk Driving Fines & Penalties

Learn about the penalties for a DUI / DWI conviction in New Mexico.

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What are the penalties for a DUI/DWI in New Mexico?


1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

4th Offense 5th Offense

Jail

Up to 90 days

96 hours up to 364 days

30 days up to 364 days

6 to 18 months 1 to 2 years

Fines and Penalties

Up to $500

$500 to $1,000

$750 to $1,000

Up to $5,000 Up to $5,000

License Suspension

Up to 1 year

2 years

3 years

Lifetime (with 5 year review) Lifetime (with 5 year review)

IID** Required

Yes

Yes

Yes Lifetime (after 5 year review) Lifetime (after 5 year review)

Lookback Period: None. All prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing. (Also known as a “washout” period.)

**Ignition Interlock Device

How much do you have to drink (BAC*) for a DUI in New Mexico?

Under 21

.02%

21 or older

.08%

Commercial

.04%

** BAC = blood alcohol content

How many drinks does it take? Check the BAC chart.

You may want to try our BAC Calculator, however I wouldn't let any results encourage you to drink and drive.

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in New Mexico?

New Mexico has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Learn more about New Mexico’s implied consent law.

 

1st Offense

2d Offense

3rd Offense

Refusal to take test

1 year license revocation

1 year license revocation

1 year license revocation

Disclaimer: We try to keep the information provided here up to date. However, laws often change, as do their interpretation and application. Different jurisdictions within a state may enforce the laws in different ways. For that reason, we recommended that you seek the advice of a local attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.

Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in New Mexico?

No, a plea bargain for a conviction of "wet reckless" (reckless driving involving alcohol) is barred by statute in New Mexico.

Drinking and Driving Laws in New Mexico

New Mexico's drunk driving law makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or above. The .08 limit is the standard measurement for the "impaired" driver in all states. The punishment however, is not the same in all states. New Mexico has strict laws and penalties for drunk driving and even your first offense will be expensive (See Penalties). In addition to the .08 limit, New Mexico has lower limits for commercial drivers and drivers under the age of 21.

How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in New Mexico? This question is often asked by people who want to know how many drinks they can have before they reach the .08 percentage limit. There are charts and calculators that can help determine your BAC level, however these tools only offer an educated guess as to what your actual blood alcohol concentration is. There are other factors that play a role in your personal BAC percentage that are not considered when making this calculation.

The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of New Mexico has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in New Mexico, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.

The first time you receive a driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Mexico you will receive a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. You will be ordered to attend a DWI school and participate in a drivers rehabilitation program for alcohol or drugs. You will also participate in an alcohol or drug abuse screening program at your own expense and pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You will be ordered to do 24 hours of community service and pay for your ignition interlock drivers license.

In New Mexico the second time you are convicted of a DWI you will serve a mandatory 96 consecutive hours in jail and receive a $500 fine. You will be ordered to 48 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol or drug abuse screening program at your own expense.

Within a time frame specified by the court, you must complete, an inpatient, residential, or in-custody substance abuse treatment program that is at least 28 days in duration or a similar drug rehabilitation program. You will also be ordered to obtain a ignition interlock drivers license and pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The court could order an additional 360 days in jail and add another $500 fine.

If you are unfortunate enough to be convicted of a 3rd DWI in the State of New Mexico you must spend a mandatory 30 consecutive days in jail. You will be ordered to 96 hours of community service and pay a $750 fine. You will also need to participate in an alcohol or drug abuse screening program at your own expense.

Within a time frame specified by the court, you must complete, an inpatient, residential, or in-custody substance abuse treatment program that is at least 90 days in duration or a similar drug rehabilitation program approved by the court.

Also, you will be ordered to obtain a ignition interlock drivers license and pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The court may sentence you to an additional 334 days in Jail and add $250 on to your original fine.

All future drunk driving convictions are considered felonies and for your 4th offense you will spend a mandatory minimum of 1 year in jail and be fined up to $5,000. 5th offense is 2 years in jail, 6th offense 30 months in jail, 7th offense 3 years in prison.

New DUI Law

In 2010 the State of New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 32. The new law increases DWI chemical test fee from $65 to $85.

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