How to Reduce the Consequences of a DUI or DWI
If you are convicted of a DWI in New Mexico, regardless of whether it is your first offense, you could face severe consequences. Not only could you face jail time, but you could be forced into paying extensive fees and fines, and you could even lose your driver’s license. You may also have increased insurance premiums.
The consequences of a DWI are severe, but there are things that you can do to minimize the impact of a DWI charge.
Hire an Attorney First
The most important step toward minimizing the consequences of a DWI is by hiring an attorney. You need a DWI defense attorney who has experience in handling these types of cases, and can evaluate your case for a solution. A skilled attorney will devise a defense strategy based on the exact circumstances of your case. In addition, your attorney can help you with the two-stage case that you are facing – which is your criminal charges from the criminal complaint and your DMV hearing (which determines if you will keep your driver’s license).
Negotiating a Plea Bargain
In some cases, an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors to provide you with softer consequences. In New Mexico, it is not uncommon for a first-time DUI offense to plead down to reckless driving. If this does happen, you will still plead guilty to the crime, but you will receive a shorter, less harsh penalty – including probation in lieu of jail time. Also, you may be able to keep your driver’s license if you plead to a lesser offense.
Probation or Rehabilitation Programs
If you are convicted of a DWI, you still have options. Instead of jail, you could be placed on probation. If you are, you must abide by the terms and conditions of your probation – which will include reporting to a probation officer, retaining employment, attending meetings, etc. As long as you do not violate those terms and conditions, you could stay out of jail and get on with your life.
If this is your second or third DWI offense, your attorney may be able to work out inpatient alcohol treatment programs instead of jail time. If the court agrees to such a plan, you will need to attend the program – and it will be mandatory. If you check out early or leave the program, you could face additional penalties and jail time.
Explore Your Options Today – Contact a DWI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for a DWI, do not wait. You need to contact an attorney right away to start exploring your options. The long-term consequences of a conviction could impact you for the rest of your life. Call the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices today at 505-375-4661 to discuss your case. You can also ask a question online about your pending DWI case by filling out our online contact form.