If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI there are many things you will need to know and finding an experienced, knowledgeable attorney is the best way to navigate all the things that are coming your way.
If you do not have the resources to hire a private attorney you need to contact the public defender that works in whatever Court you are in. Contacting an attorney as quickly as possible is essential to protect your rights, and in some cases, your vehicle
There are several matters that need to be dealt with right way, within 10 or 15 days. In Santa Fe and in Albuquerque there are local ordinances that will affect your vehicle, and you need to preserve your right to the hearings in these cases as well as dealing with Motor Vehicle concerning your driver’s license.
In the criminal case, depending on what court you are in there are two important rights; the possibility of excusing your assigned judge, and in cases where you are eligible for a jury trial and do not automatically qualify
for one, you need to make a demand for one within 10 days of your arraignment before the judge.
You also need to start demanding the production of any evidence the State or City has in your case, this is your right and having a lawyer that knows what they are doing is the best way to protect and preserve your rights, and further, to properly and efficiently investigate your case.