Drunk Driving Penalties

Have you recently been arrested for drunk driving in Albuquerque? If so, securing skilled legal guidance is a must for the best possible outcome. My name is Angela Arellanes, I’m an attorney who helps people facing serious criminal charges. When working with Angela Arellanes Law, you can look forward to an aggressive, committed defense to protect your rights during criminal proceedings.

As explained here, drunk driving penalties increase with the number of offenses you have on your record. Certain mandatory penalties apply to all offenses, including performing community service, completing drug screenings, and attending alcohol treatment programs.

1st Offense

While penalties are the least aggressive for 1st offenses, that doesn’t mean you’ll get off scot-free. Jail time is a possibility, and you could be sentenced up to 90 days. You’ll also face a fine, which can be as much as $500 depending on the court’s ruling. License suspension will also apply. However, you will be able to drive if an interlock device is installed on your vehicle.

2nd Offense

Unlike 1st offenses, 2nd DUI offenses incur more serious mandatory punishments. You’ll serve at least 96 consecutive hours in jail, but your full jail term could be as long as 364 days. The minimum fine you’ll pay is $500, but you could be fined up to $1,000 after you’re convicted.

3rd Offense

Mandatory jail terms for 3rd offenses are 30 days in jail, with a maximum possible jail term of 364 days. You’ll pay at least $750 in fines, but up to a $1,000 is allowable. You’ll also be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for as long as three years.

Aggravated DUI

Regardless of how many offenses you have on record, you may be subject to aggravated DUI under certain circumstances. Having a blood alcohol concentration .16% or greater, causing bodily injury to another person during a drunk driving accident, or refusing breathalyzer testing are all grounds for aggravated charges. Aggravated charges add extra days to your jail term, which ranges between two addition days to an additional sixty days.

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

Even 1st DUI offenses require experienced legal counsel. I’m here to provide support to clients in their time of need, while also using my considerable legal experience to devise a solid defense.

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