DUI Frequently Asked Questions

Have you been arrested for DUI and aren’t sure what to expect? Or perhaps you have questions about the circumstances of your arrest and aren’t sure where to find answers?

Here at Angela Arellanes Law, we ensure our clients have the information they need to navigate their DUI cases in the best possible manner. That’s why we invite you to review the following FAQs to better understand your case and the charges against you.

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What is the legal limit in Mexico?

Drivers in the state are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. For drivers under the age of 21, the legal limit is .02%.

What kind of fines can accompany a DUI?

Financial penalties for DUI vary greatly. For first offenses, you can be fined up to $500. However, subsequent offenses can incur fines as much as $10,000. Extenuating circumstances, such as driving while your license is revoked due to a previous DUI, can increase fines further.

Do I have to take a breathalyzer?

All drivers in New Mexico consent to undergoing a breathalyzer when requested by a police officer. This is known as implied consent, and failure to submit to a breathalyzer will cause your license to be revoked, even if you’re not inebriated.

What is field sobriety testing?

Along with breathalyzers, law enforcement can also use field sobriety testing to determine a person’s level of intoxication. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the one-leg stand, and the walk-and-turn test.

Horizontal gaze nystagmus testing entails following an object with your eyes from one side to the other, as intoxication can cause involuntary jerking at a certain angle. The one-leg stand and walk-and-turn tests establish a person’s balance and coordination.

Will my license be suspended?

License suspension is a common DUI punishment. For first offenses, the suspension period can range up to one year, while fourth and subsequent offenses can lead to permanent license revocation. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a period after license suspension.

What is an ignition interlock device?

Ignition interlock devices are breathalyzers that get installed in vehicles after a DUI. Before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device to determine blood alcohol concentration. If the driver is over a certain limit, the vehicle won’t start, and they will probably face new penalties.

Do you have more questions about DUI laws and penalties? Then please call (505) 247-2417 to schedule a consultation in Albuquerque today. You can also feel free to contact us with questions about our firm, our qualifications, and how we can assist you.