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New Mexico Court of Appeals Upholds Suppression of Ron Bell DWI Stop

Albuquerque’s celebrity attorney Ron Bell (the guy with the billboards that promises to sue drunk drivers) was recently himself the subject and target of a DWI investigation despite blowing a 0.0 and having prescription Adderall in his blood. In a blow to permitting New Mexico police and prosecutors to arrest and charge DWI when a Defendant is […]

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Administrative Investigatory Leave for Navajo Nation Employees

Are you a Navajo Nation employee that has been placed on Administrative or Investigatory Leave? If so, how long have you been placed in such a limbo at your work site? As of this date, the Navajo Nation Personnel Policy Manual states the procedure for workplace investigatory leave as follows: “A Program Manager may place an […]

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If You Have Been Arrested for DWI You Have 10 Days From Your Arrest To Demand License Revocation Hearing

If you are arrested by a New Mexico police officer under suspicion of committing a DWI, your driver’s license will be confiscated at the scene by the police if your breath score is at or above the legal limit, or if you have refused to take the breath/blood test. The state MVD then attempts to revoke your […]

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It’s Illegal for Police to Use Drug Sniffing Dogs in Routine Traffic Stops – SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling on April 21, 2015, holding that the police are not permitted to detain a suspect for driving on the shoulder of the road, for even 10 minutes, or otherwise prolong a traffic stop to wait for drug-sniffing dogs to inspect vehicles. “A police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter […]

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Question: What does “reasonable suspicion” and “probable cause” mean for a New Mexico DWI investigation?

Question: What does “reasonable suspicion” and “probable cause” mean in a DWI investigation? And what’s the big deal if I admit to having only drank “a couple” of beers? Before a New Mexico police officer can make contact with a person and conduct a DWI investigation, it is required that the police have “reasonable suspicion.” […]

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