New Mexico DUI/DWI Law

New Mexico has specific laws in place to address drunk driving. Here is an overview of drunk driving laws in New Mexico:

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
– For drivers aged 21 and over: BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
– For drivers under the age of 21: Zero tolerance policy with a BAC limit of 0.02% or higher.

DWI Offenses:
– Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
– Penalties for DWI offenses can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, potential jail time, and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in certain cases.

Ignition Interlock Device (IID):
– New Mexico has an IID program that requires the installation of an IID for certain DWI convictions, including repeat offenses or high-BAC offenses.
– The IID is a device installed in the offender’s vehicle that measures their breath alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to start.

License Suspension:
– License suspension periods for DWI offenses vary based on factors such as the driver’s BAC level, prior convictions, and other circumstances. Suspension periods can range from several months to several years.

Implied Consent:
– New Mexico has an implied consent law, meaning drivers are required to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test if arrested for suspicion of DWI. Refusing the test can result in automatic license suspension.

Open Container Laws:
– It is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

It’s important to note that specific circumstances and factors can impact the penalties and legal consequences of a DWI offense in New Mexico. For accurate and up-to-date information, it is advisable to consult with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division or a legal professional specializing in DUI/DWI law in New Mexico.