Accusations of drunk driving come with numerous consequences in New Mexico. Drivers who plead guilty or get convicted might have to serve a period of incarceration or endure state monitoring via probation. They will also have to pay fines to the state.
Impaired driving offenses often also result in licensing consequences. A first-time offense won’t necessarily result in the suspension of your license, but it will likely result in a requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.
Those accused of a second or subsequent drunk driving offense will likely have their licenses suspended, followed by a requirement for an IID in their vehicle. How does the IID program work in New Mexico?
You must pay for the device and do a test every time you drive
When you have to install an IID in your vehicle, you cannot drive other vehicles without a device installed. Your license restricts you to only operating vehicles with an IID. You will have to pay for the installation of the device and then for recalibration and maintenance every 60 days.
Every time you start your vehicle, you will have to perform a test. While that may seem like an inconvenience, it does allow you to create a lengthy trail of evidence showing that you have made responsible driving decisions for many months. Additionally, installing an IID in your vehicle allows you to get back on the road, which is valuable when you have a job or a family depending on you.
Learning about the license-related consequences of a drunk-driving charge can help you better defend yourself against those charges.