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What Happens If I Do Not Attend My First DUI Court Date?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

You might not be held until your first court appearance after a DUI, but if you do not show up for that court appearance, a judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Furthermore, any bail you paid (or… Read More

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Can You Turn around before a DUI Checkpoint?

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Typically, turning around before a DUI checkpoint, or turning down a different street to avoid the stop, is not illegal. However, it all depends on where you begin your turnaround, whether you are breaking traffic laws at the time, and… Read More

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Are DUI Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

DUI sobriety checkpoints are legal. The U.S. Supreme Court has found them legal because they feel that these checkpoints deter clear public safety hazards. However, a checkpoint does invade a person’s rights, including the right to be protected from unlawful… Read More

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What Happens if You Get a DUI in New Mexico?

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Whether it is a first offense or a subsequent one, getting a DUI in New Mexico is a serious criminal offense. Most likely, you will have a driver’s license suspension for a minimum of 90 days, and depending on the… Read More

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Can I Reopen a DUI Case?

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Depending on the circumstances, you could reopen a DUI case. However, not all DUI cases can be explored again. If you were convicted of a DUI, you will need to discuss reopening with an attorney and see if your case… Read More

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Can a DWI be Reduced to a Lesser Charge?

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Yes, in some instances a DWI can be reduced to a lesser charge. However, the chances of that happening are incredibly low if you attempt to do so without representation. The only way for the charges to be dropped entirely… Read More

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Which Is Worse: DUI or DWI in New Mexico?

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Some states separate DUI and DWI from one another, which means the punishments can be more severe for one over the opposite. In New Mexico, however, a DUI and DWI are similar, and the punishments only differ depending on how… Read More

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Can a DUI Ruin Your Life?

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A DUI is more than just serving some time in jail, paying a fine, and moving on with your life. Instead, a DUI is a severe criminal offense that has long-term consequences most defendants do not realize. Whether it will… Read More

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What Happens When You Get a DUI for the First Time

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Typically, a first-time DUI or “first offense” is punished not as harshly as subsequent offenses. However, defendants often mistake the words “first offense” for meaning they will receive leniency from the court. While everyone makes mistakes, in New Mexico, a… Read More

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Do You Always Lose Your License after a DUI?

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A DUI in New Mexico is a serious offense, and you can lose your driver’s license. However, not all DUIs result in a loss of driving privileges. Therefore, it is important that you understand which situations warrant a loss of… Read More

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