Drunk Driving Laws in Albuquerque


In an attempt to stop the increasing rate of accidents and deaths caused by DWI, law enforcement agencies all over Albuquerque are cracking down on drunk driving.

Some tactics that law enforcement uses may result in civil rights violations. Understanding Albuquerque DWI laws can help you preserve your rights and avoid penalties associated with drunk driving.

Albuquerque DWI Laws

Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, which are also known as DWI and DUI respectively, is determined by a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The BAC limits defining DWI in Albuquerque are:

  • .08 for drivers 21 years of age or older
  • .02 for drivers under 21 years of age
  • .04 for drivers of commercial vehicles

Albuquerque has an implied consent law, which means you implicitly agree to allow law enforcement agents to test you when driving on state roadways. This can include chemical testing, such as a breathalyzer or a blood/urine test, or a field sobriety test, which is conducted to determine whether you’re displaying the hallmarks of inebriation.

Aggravated DWI

Certain circumstances can increase the penalties you face. According to Albuquerque DWI laws, you may be charged with an aggravated DWI if:

  • Your BAC is .16 or higher
  • A drunk driving accident caused severe injury or death
  • You refuse to submit to BAC test at the time of the arrest

The penalties for DWI/DUI are severe, even for first time offenses.

Contact Angela Arellanes by calling
505.247.2417 today for a consultation.

If you have been arrested following a drunk driving accident, you should seek experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and your future. Administrative and criminal penalties can be very costly and may even result in a loss of freedom.

I am Angela Arellanes, an experienced DWI attorney. I know how to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding a drunk driving accident thanks to more than 25 years of experience. I will ensure your civil rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process and will build a strong case to fight criminal DWI charges.

Contact Angela Arellanes Law to schedule a case consultation in Albuquerque.

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