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Does a DUI Affect Your Credit Score?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

There are a lot of consequences of a DUI that you might not realize, but one that you may wonder about is your credit score. While a DUI conviction has a far reach, your credit score is not directly impacted… Read More

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How to Recover from a Drunk Driving Conviction

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

A conviction for a New Mexico drunk driving offense can carry significant penalties, even for first-time offenders. For many, the focus may initially be on the immediate consequences of a conviction, which includes fines, a license suspension, probation, and even… Read More

Can You Get a DUI in a Self-Driving Car?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

We live in a time where self-driving cars are no longer something you see in futuristic movies, but something you are driving alongside on your way to work. While the highways and streets are not littered with these vehicles just… Read More

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What Happens When a DUI Results in Someone’s Death?

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When someone dies as a result of drunk driving, it is no longer just a DUI case; it is now a vehicular homicide. Not only will the driver be charged with a DUI (a misdemeanor), but now they face vehicular… Read More

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Are Senior Citizens at Higher Risk for a DUI?

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If you were to think about which demographic is at high-risk for a DUI, you would probably think of those in their 20s. When it comes to seniors, you would think that an elderly person is at low risk, because… Read More

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What Are the Breath Test Admissibility Requirements in New Mexico?

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To have your breathalyzer results admitted into court against you in a DUI, the requirement is not much. The state only requires that the officer be certified by the state Scientific Laboratory Division for operating that machine, and the machine… Read More

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What Are the Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras?

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Body-worn cameras allow law enforcement to not only provide training opportunities but can help eliminate any gaps between officer and defendant testimony. Generally, these cameras are designed to help protect civilians and law enforcement, but in a criminal case, these… Read More

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

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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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