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  • Understanding the ID Requirement in New Mexico

    Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

    Ignition Interlock DeviceThere are plenty of consequences that come with a DWI conviction in the state of New Mexico. One that most people do not think about is that of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID). This requirement is what could affect your driving, and even your freedom. If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can assess your case and hopefully help you preserve your right to drive – and possibly even avoid the requirement of an IID.

    What is an IID?

    An interlock ignition device is a breath-testing device that is installed in your vehicle. If you want to start the ignition of your vehicle, you will first need to provide a breath sample by breathing into the IID. If the IID detects any alcohol on your breath, the ignition will lock and it will not start. In order to start it later, you will need to repeat the test and be 100 percent clean of any alcohol. Also, you may be required to periodically provide a breath sample while you are driving – to ensure that you did not leave the ignition running and then consume alcohol.

    Will I Be Required to Use an IID?

    If you are convicted of a DWI in New Mexico, you will be required to install the IID on your vehicle and every vehicle that you are licensed to drive for a minimum of one year past your conviction. This is true regardless of whether it is your first or fifth conviction. Also, you will have your driver’s license revoked for being in violation of New Mexico’s Implied Consent Act if you refuse to take the initial blood or breath test upon a DWI arrest – and then, you will be required to apply for an IID in order to receive your driver’s license back.

    What is the IID License?

    If you have been convicted of a DWI in New Mexico, you will need to obtain an IID license. This is a special level driver’s license that will prohibit you from driving a vehicle without an IID installed. If you have an interlock license on record and you are pulled over in a vehicle that does not have the proper IID installed, you will be automatically arrested and your driver’s license will be revoked. If you are on probation, you could be cited for a probation violation – and could be forced to serve the remainder of your sentence in jail, along with additional time for your violation.

    The True Costs of an IID

    Not only are you required to have the IID installed, but you will also be required to pay for the installation, maintenance, repairs, and monthly monitoring fees. These fees will quickly add up – especially if you are still paying other court fees. If you fail to repair or pay any monthly maintenance fees on your IID, you could also be found in violation of your probation terms.

    Have You Been Arrested for a DWI? Contact a New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyer Now

    A DWI arrest and conviction could change the rest of your life significantly. Not only could you face fines and jail time, but the hassles of an IID – plus a restricted driving license – could truly affect your life (and possibly even your career). If you have been arrested for a DWI, do not wait to contact an attorney. Call the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices right away at 505-375-4664 for a free case evaluation, or fill out our online contact form and an attorney will be in touch with you as soon as possible.