After a New Mexico DWI (driving while intoxicated) conviction, you are probably looking at several things you’d rather not do. One of those may be going through the process of reinstating your driver’s license. Admittedly it’s quite a process, but one that’s worth the hassle if you want to avoid further consequences.
Reinstating your license after a New Mexico DWI does require some legwork and some financial commitment. Plus, you’ll need an IID (ignition interlock device). Because there are so many steps, some individuals frustrated with the process try to drive in New Mexico while their license is still revoked.
If you choose to drive anyway without following through with installing an IID or any other requirements to reinstate your license in New Mexico, you will be considered in violation of your court order. Driving while revoked penalties in New Mexico include:
- Jail. More time wasted that could have been otherwise spent driving and moving on with your life.
- Fines and fees. Even more money than you would have spent reinstating your driver’s license in the first place.
- License revocation. You already had your license revoked for a New Mexico DWI. Now, you get it revoked again for having it revoked. The time keeps adding up.
- Ignition interlock device. Every time you want to start your vehicle, you need to have your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) tested. Otherwise, your car just won’t start.
Keep in mind if you’re driving with a revoked license, the chances are that you’re also driving without your mandated IID. That adds even more violations.
The Ignition interlock law in New Mexico says that if charged with a DWI, an individual must use an interlock device. To avoid charges upon charges, just remain compliant with your sentence and follow the directive of the court and guidance of your probation officer or post-DWI program supervisor.