Dallas, TX asked in DUI / DWI for New Mexico

Q: If the statute of limitations for misdemeanors in NM is 2 yrs and my DUI was in 2008 in Texas, would interlock apply?

Im already clear and eligible in TX. My case was resolved. No loose ends

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Stephen Aarons
Stephen Aarons
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Licensed in New Mexico

A: If Texas does not require you to install an interlock, most likely New Mexico will not either when you apply for a license here. But do not confuse that with the statute of limitations. There was a loophole in the past where people did not get an interlock, drove illegally and sparingly for a few years, and then applied for a license. To their surprise the Motor Vehicle Department said they would only issue an Interlock license for the first year because the driver had not yet satisfied that requirement. In short if you are required to do one or more years with an interlock license (in New Mexico second offenders must complete two years of interlock), you cannot lie low for several years to avoid that requirement. Whenever you tried to renew your license and begin driving again, you would only be eligible for an interlock license until you are clear and eligible for a full license. But again, if Texas says you are clear and eligible, New Mexico will follow suit.

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