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What are the costs associated with a DWI arrest in New Mexico?

When you find yourself arrested for DWI in New Mexico you might be thinking “What’s this going to cost me?”

Other than the emotional toll; going to jail, harm to your reputation; stress and time dealing with the DWI arrest, a DWI can be monetarily expensive.

The immediate financial costs begin to add up following the arrest. First, the arresting agency will usually tow your car to the impound lot. … Read More »


What Happens To Me After I’m Arrested for a DWI in Albuquerque?

Usually, when I am interacting with a DWI defendant the global question arises “What happens to me after I’m arrested for a DWI in Albuquerque?” I believe the person asking this question partially knows the answer because they have been arrested for DWI already; they know, or at least I hope they know, what processes and procedures are happening to them. But for those who have not been arrested for … Read More »


What is the “legal limit” for DWI in New Mexico?

Many family, friends, colleagues and client’s ask me “What is the ‘legal limit’ for DWI in New Mexico?” Like most things in law, I answer “It depends.” The answer depends on your age; what type of vehicle you are driving and what exactly do you mean by the term “legal limit.”

Before I can answer the bigger question of “What is the ‘legal limit’ in New Mexico”, I must first … Read More »


What does “DWI” stand for and is this different from a “DUI” (driving under the influence) in New Mexico?

The acronyms DWI and DUI are used interchangeably when discussing the crime of drinking and driving. DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated and DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. In the State of New Mexico most people use the acronym DWI.

When discussing DWI; there are several types of alcohol and drug related offenses in New Mexico. NMSA § 66-8-102 set forth the law regarding DWI in the State … Read More »


Domestic Violence Is Serious Business

No one, male or female, should have to suffer from domestic violence or domestic abuse, but it can happen to anyone at any time. It often goes overlooked, denied and excused. This is particularly true when the abuse is psychological in nature rather than being physical. It typically occurs within the confines of marriage, but any intimate domestic relationship can become vulnerable to what is often termed spousal abuse. Domestic … Read More »

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You Need The Best Criminal Drug Defense Attorney Working On Your Behalf

There are two factors that go into determining whether you will be prosecuted under state or federal law when you have been arrested on suspicion of narcotics or other drug offenses. The determining factors are the kind and amount of drugs that were involved during the arrest and whether or not you have a history of drug and narcotics related arrest and conviction.

Everything you have, including all your possessions, … Read More »

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Family Law Protects The Rights Of All Family Members

Family law is a branch of the legal system that specializes in laws dealing with domestic issues such as marriage, divorce, civil unions, adoption, child care, custody, child support, and other issues that are generated from the role family plays in society. It often focuses primarily on matters involving children within the family.

To quote Erik Erikson; “Someday, maybe, there will exist a well informed, well considered, and yet fervent … Read More »

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How Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights

It was somewhere between 2380 and 2050 BC that the ancient Sumerian king of Ur, Ur-Nammu, first enacted a written legal code, but it did nothing to distinguish between criminal and civil law. Wikipedia explains that criminal law is related to the regulation of social conduct which threatens the welfare, health and safety of people. It also provides for the punishment of anyone who violates such laws. Civil law focuses … Read More »

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Understanding DUI And DWI Charges

Most states (including New Mexico) have laws prohibiting drivers from operating a vehicle when they are driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any combination of the two (Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Impaired). In order to receive a conviction, there has to be enough proof that you were in control of a vehicle, including a boat, during a time when your blood alcohol level met the state standards … Read More »

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