Understanding DWI vs. DUI in New Mexico
The terms DUI and DWI are often used interchangeably, creating confusion about New Mexico drunk driving laws and consequences.
Decoding the Acronyms
DWI is the abbreviation for “driving while intoxicated.” DUI is the abbreviation for “driving under the influence.” Both terms are used to describe a driver who is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a substance, like alcohol or drug(s) (prescription or non-prescription), that impairs their driving ability.
Most New Mexico courts’ language uses the term DWI, but really there is no difference between a DUI and DWI.
Consequences of DWI/DUI
DWI/DUI charges carry heavy penalties, including:
- Jail time
- License revocation
- Ignition interlock device
- Community service
- DWI/Driver education classes
Many of the penalties have associated fees, which you must pay as well. In Albuquerque, NM, subsequent DWI offenses put you at risk for vehicle seizure. A DWI/DUI conviction on your record can limit future employment opportunities as well.
The potential cost of a DWI/DUI conviction and the limitations it puts on your freedom are good reasons to fight to keep your record clean. But to effectively fight a DWI/DUI charge, you need an experienced DWI criminal defense lawyer.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Mark Keller in Albuquerque, NM have more than 80 years of combined experience. They thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest to ensure your rights were upheld and that BAC testing procedures were followed. They build effective defense cases to help get your charges reduced or dismissed.