Pretrial Diversion programs for first time non-violent offenders are increasing in popularity as more evidence accrues supporting their effectiveness. Most states have some sort of diversion program to give those offenders who have genuinely just made a mistake an opportunity to make amends without carrying a criminal record around for the rest of their lives. The New Mexico DWI diversion program is no exception to this rule.
There are many requirements that you as an offender and the crime you committed must meet to even qualify for the Mexico DWI diversion program and several steps you must take for successful completion. It is well worth the effort, as you get a fresh start with either a clean record or a severely reduced DWI sentence.
Participation in the New Mexico DWI diversion programs are governed by the county or district in which the crime was committed, so check with the clerk of courts first to even see if there is even a program available. Once you have determined there is a program available, you must retain a defense attorney to be eligible to participate.
Some of the New Mexico DWI diversion program requirements include:
- Participation in the program for an average of 18 months; it can be as short as 12 months or as long as 24 months.
- Reporting to the PPD Program officer twice each month or as instructed and keep all appointments.
- Paying restitution to the victim.
- Completing 80 hours of community service work.
- Counseling or other treatment programs.
- No further DWI or alcohol-related offenses are committed.
- Attending a prison tour.
- Random alcohol testing (blood, breath and/or urine).
- Maintaining employment and/or attending school.
- No excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Not possessing any firearms or other deadly weapons.
- Abide by any additional, reasonable conditions that are deemed necessary.
- Ignition interlock installation and maintenance.
If you successfully meet all of the New Mexico DWI diversion program requirements, the district attorney will dismiss all of your charges and you will have a second chance with a clean slate to prove yourself as a law-abiding citizen. This is an excellent opportunity for offenders to redeem themselves and maintain their standard of living for a crime that can be seen as a one-time mistake, never to be repeated.