DUI Charges in Santa Fe, New Mexico
An Aggressive Santa Fe DUI Lawyers is Ready to Fight for You
Once upon a time, DUI was considered little more than a traffic offense. Hundreds of thousands of deaths later, it is now considered a criminal offense. In fact, a fourth offense (over your entire lifetime) can be charged as a felony. If you have been charged with DUI, you have a problem – a big one. Even if it is your first offense, you could be looking at jail time, fines, loss of your driving privileges, and more.
The good news is that the United States criminal justice system is adversarial, which means you have the right to a defense and you have certain legal rights. To avoid a conviction, you have to prove only that there is “reasonable doubt” as to your guilt. To accomplish this, however, you are going to need the assistance of a competent New Mexico DUI lawyer. Fear not. At New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, our Santa Fe DUI lawyers have been fighting for DUI defendants for over 20 years.
Don’t Take Your Chances with a “Buffet” Lawyer
A “buffet” lawyer will take any type of case offered to him – and, with the exception of patent law, there is nothing illegal about this. It is dangerous for clients, however, because such lawyers never develop the deep expertise that their clients so desperately need. New Mexico Criminal Law has been practicing criminal defense almost exclusively for decades, and there isn’t much that can happen that our Santa Fe DUI lawyers haven’t seen before. Don’t settle for anything less.
“I hired Jack because I had nowhere else to turn. My other attorney had refused to help me and said that I couldn’t possibly get my unsupervised probation dismissed and my rights granted back to me early. I had been on supervised probation for 5 years without any violations and wanted to get off of my unsupervised probation so I could resume my life without any further complications. Jack got the job done and my life is back to normal. New Mexico Criminal Law Offices are the only place people need to contact if they get into trouble with the law. I can’t thank them, Jack specifically, enough for helping me with my case.” – Aleks M.
Other Types of Cases We Handle
New Mexico Criminal Law focuses exclusively on defending those charged with crimes. Below are some related charges that we typically handle:
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Illegal drug charges
- Recreational use of marijuana
- Probation violations
- Resisting arrest/Public affray
- Other crimes
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Should I just accept a plea bargain and get it over with?
That depends on your situation. If the case against you is weak, you might want to refuse a plea bargain and hope for an acquittal at trial. If the case against you is stronger, you might want to plead guilty to a lesser offense to avoid a trial. If the case against you is strong enough, the prosecutor probably won’t even offer you a plea bargain.
Can I be convicted of DUI even if my BAC is lower than 0.08?
Yes, you cam:
- If you test at 0.08 BAC or above, you are automatically guilty of DUI. Nevertheless, you can be convicted of DUI at lower than 0.08 if you are intoxicated at all and your driving or behavior indicates that you were impaired.
- If you are under 21, you can be convicted of DUI for a BAC as low as 0.02.
- If you were driving on a commercial license, you can be convicted of DUI for a BAC as low as 0.04.
What happens if I refuse to take a Breathalyzer test?
Under almost any circumstance, you can refuse to take a Breathalyzer, blood, or urine test. Your refusal will have two consequences, however:
- It will be used against you in court to suggest that the reason you refused is because you knew you were intoxicated; and
- You will lose your driving privileges for one year (first offense) based on your refusal alone, even if you were not intoxicated at the time.
You can be convicted of DUI as a separate offense based on other evidence, such as the officer’s evaluation of your driving or behavior. That would leave you with two convictions: DUI and refusal to submit to sobriety testing.
The Clock Is Already Ticking…
Deadlines matter in criminal law. In fact, missing a critical deadline, or waiting so long that you cannot prepare to adequately defend yourself, could make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal or a conviction and an advantageous plea bargain. The time to call a lawyer is NOW. At New Mexico Criminal Law, we don’t offer a buffet of services – drafting wills one day and suing for defamation the next. Criminal defense is what we do, and it is all we do.
Contact A Proven Santa Fe DUI Attorney Today
If you are being investigated for DUI, or if you have already been charged with this offense, call New Mexico Criminal Law at 505-200-2982 or complete our online contact form to schedule a meeting to discuss your case. Our Santa Fe DUI attorneys serve clients from throughout Santa Fe, New Mexico.