Drunk Driving Accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol not only leads to legal issues. It can also cause harm to you and other drivers if an accident occurs. Drunk driving accidents are taken very seriously by the state of New Mexico, which is why drivers are subject to increased penalties if they cause harm to another person while inebriated.

I provide dependable legal counsel through my firm Angela Arellanes Law. People throughout Albuquerque have relied on me to mitigate the charges against them, and in many cases, I’ve been able to get charges reduced or even dropped. With my assistance, I can help you make sense of your arrest and develop the best legal strategy for the best possible outcome.

How Alcohol Increases the Risk of an Accident

Even small amounts of alcohol impact thinking and ability. After only two drinks, your BAC elevates to .02%, which causes lapses in judgment and difficulty multi-tasking. After four drinks, your BAC will be .08%. By this point, you’ll experience impaired memory, poor coordination, decreased reaction time, and lack of speed control.

These effects greatly reduce your driving ability, which can result in swerving, speeding, driving too slow, failure to obey traffic signs, and many other infractions. With a reduced ability comes a greater risk of accident, especially when driving in areas with a lot of other vehicles.

How an Accident Can Increase Drunk Driving Charges

Aggravated drunk driving can be charged if a person has a BAC of .16% or higher, refuses a breath test, or causes bodily injury in a drunk driving accident. Depending on the number of offenses, you could be subject to a lengthy jail term, exorbitant fines, license suspension, community service, and more. You’ll also be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and pay for all costs associated with the installation and maintenance.

What You Should Do If Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident

While all drunk driving charges have serious consequences, an aggravated DUI requires the assistance of an experienced attorney. We can start by going over the details surrounding your case, including what occurred during your arrest. From there, I’ll offer the best guidance possible to help you achieve the most favorable outcome.

To learn more about my legal services, please call (505) 247-2417 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact me online for more information.