The consequences of driving drunk, or high, are so devastating that most drivers are deterred from getting behind the wheel when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers still choose to risk the safety of themselves and others around them by driving under the influence of alcohol. A drunk driver can be both civilly and criminally liable for the harm to other people caused by a motor-vehicle accident resulting from the impairment. In the worst case scenario, the victim of a drunk-driving accident could die from the crash.
We look forward to the holidays as a special time with family and friends and, for many, as a time for religious observance. While driving to and from those events, such as on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and other special days, an insecure feeling may come over you because you know that some people are drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, sometimes those folks make the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others on the road at higher risk of injury or death in car accidents.
New legislation that went into effect on July 1 provides for harsher DWI-related penalties in some instances than previously existed in New Mexico. Specifically, the new law brings the potential for a 12-year prison term for any DWI defendant who is convicted of an eighth or subsequent DWI offense.