Albuquerque, NM- Repeat drunken driving in New Mexico is far too common. Safety advocates, like MADD, estimate that half of convicted drunk drivers are doomed to repeat their offense. And, sadly, some drive drunk or on drugs over and over again. Take for instance an Albuquerque man who  secured his ninth DWI arrest last week.

Last Thursday, Albuquerque police were called to the scene of an accident in which a man had driven onto a sidewalk and grassy area in a southwest neighborhood, Action News 7 reported. When they arrived, police found a man behind the wheel who claimed his brother was driving and fled the scene, but police soon learned they had a chronic offender on their hands.

The man behind the wheel when police arrived was Jose Garcia-Moreno and that was his ninth DWI arrest, according to Action News 7. The police report noted Garcia-Moreno refused to submit to field sobriety tests and was unsteady on his feet, falling backwards when he tried to sit the TV station reported.

Garcia-Moreno was booked for DWI even though he refused sobriety tests and police soon learned he has eight prior DWI convictions. Eight convictions! Police lamented that all they could do with Garcia-Moreno was catch him and release him.

Repeat drunk driving is a problem that lawmakers have tried over and over again to prevent. Individuals with four or more DWI charges in New Mexico can have their licenses suspended for their lifetime—to be reviewed every five years.  They also face up to two years in jail, fines up to $5,000, have their car seized and will be left with a charge on their criminal record. Those penalties just scratch the surface of what troubles a person faces with a DWI conviction.

We all know that we shouldn’t drink and drive or do drugs and drive, but most people aren’t thinking straight when they are high or inebriated. They don’t make good decisions, in fact, drunks make terrible decision.  And, of course, one of the worst ones they can make is to get behind the wheel when they are in no shape to drive. It’s a huge mistake, and if a drunk driver is lucky, they’ll get stopped or arrive home before they hurt or kill someone. If a motorist is charged with a DWI, they need to contact a DWI attorney in New Mexico immediately. Beating this charge or even just mitigating it requires skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel.

Unfortunately, DWI offenders in New Mexico are not given the option of a plea bargain which makes an effective DWI defense lawyer very important. USAttorneys can connect you with the best DWI attorney near your location, so you can minimize the consequences of your charge. Our team of DWI lawyers will dedicate their time and energy to your defense and will stand up for your rights, so your case has a favorable outcome. With a defense you may be able to keep your license and keep your DWI from hindering your life and future.