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New Mexico DUI Information

In New Mexico, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders will face up to 90 days in jail.  If the offense involves aggravating circumstances, the offender will be required to spend a minimum of 48 hours in jail.  In addition to potential incarceration, fines of up to $500.00 and $200.00 in court costs will also be imposed.  The majority of first time offenders receive probation, which involves community service and alcohol education/counseling programs.

First time DUI offenders will find that their driver’s license may be suspended for up to 90 days.  In addition, anyone convicted of a DUI may be required to attend a first offender program, an alcohol evaluation and counseling if deemed necessary.  If anyone refuses to adhere to alcohol testing, the suspect may lose his/her driver’s license for up to one year with the inability to obtain a work permit or limited license.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of at least .02%, will be subject to license revocation for a period of six months.  In addition, youthful offenders may face criminal penalties, up to $500.00 in fines and possible incarceration.  In some instances, his/her license may even be suspended for up to one year.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death or who are found to be transporting a passenger under the age of 16, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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