Drunk Driving FAQ Albuquerque, NM

Have you been arrested for drunk driving in Albuquerque and aren’t sure what to expect? You may have a lot of anxiety surrounding the issue, as driving while impaired (DWI) is a very serious crime that can incur very serious penalties. Fortunately, you have Angela Arellanes Law in your corner to provide insight.

Common Questions After a Drunk Driving Arrest

Being arrested for drunk driving is extremely stressful, which is why you must have the right information. Here are a few answers to common questions asked by people faced with drunk driving charges:

Will I really go to jail for a first offense?

While first offenses are usually associated with lighter penalties, you could still face jail time. In fact, a first offense could result in up to 90 days in jail depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Jail times can also be extended with aggravated DWI, which can result from injuring another person while driving drunk or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .16% or higher.

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What happens during a field sobriety test?

There are three different field sobriety test methods used by law enforcement:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – This test identifies an involuntary jerking eye movement called nystagmus, which occurs at a certain angle when a person is inebriated. The officer will ask you to follow an object with your eyes as they move it back and forth.
  • One-Leg Stand – This test determines how well you can stand on one leg for 30 seconds, which provides insight into your balance and coordination.
  • Walk-And-Turn – You’ll be asked to perform nine heel-to-toe steps while maintaining a straight line. After nine steps, you must turn and perform the same process in the opposite direction.

Remember that you can be arrested for drunk driving without a breathalyzer if you exhibit signs of inebriation or fail to perform field sobriety testing correctly.

Are there any defenses against drunk driving?

With field sobriety testing, certain medical conditions can return faulty results. For example, a person with mobility issues may be unable to perform maneuvers even when sober. Breathalyzer equipment can also be called into question if it’s not properly maintained and calibrated. And any issues during an arrest, such as failing to read a person their rights, can affect the outcome of the case.

How long will the legal process take?

While it can vary from person to person, most DWI cases are resolved within three to six months. Your attorney can provide a specific timeline based on the facts of your case.

Angela Arellanes Law has been assisting clients throughout Albuquerque for more than 25 years, so you can trust in our experience and knowledge. Call (505) 247-2417 or contact us to discuss your case and the charges against you.