First Offense DWI/DUI in New Mexico

Drivers convicted of a first DUI/DWI in New Mexico face administrative and criminal penalties. Minors and commercial drivers in the state of New Mexico may face different penalties.

Administrative Penalties

Drivers arrested for DUI/DWI in New Mexico face administrative license revocation of six months for a first offense, with the potential of up to one year upon conviction. Refusals to submit in New Mexico, under implied consent laws, result in one year mandatory license revocation

Reinstatement of license requires use of ignition interlock devices for one year, as well as attendance at DWI school, and completion of alcohol assessment, or treatment

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

First offense convictions in New Mexico carry no mandatory minimum period of incarceration, but a court may order incarceration for a period of ninety (90) days

Community service mandates may be imposed by courts, as well as mandate to attend alcohol/substance abuse treatment or counseling

Plea Options

State statutes in New Mexico prevent offenders from employing a plea option involving reduction of DWI charges into less serious criminal or non-criminal offenses. However, with the representation of legal counsel and pending the case-specific circumstances of your arrest, it may be possible to negotiate favorable plea agreement terms or even obtain outright dismissal of the charges. For more information and insight, consult with a New Mexico DWI lawyer.

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