Your New Mexico driver's license can be suspended or revoked for a range of reasons. If you drive on a suspended or revoked license before your license is reinstated, you can be charged with a crime.
Some of the more common scenarios where a driver could face license suspension or revocation include:
But these are just some of the reasons a motorist could lose driving privileges—many other situations can also lead to license suspension or revocation.
The suspension or revocation period varies depending on the situation. But, in any event, after the expiration of your suspension or revocation, you normally must pay a reinstatement fee and might have to meet other conditions before you can legally drive again. The reinstatement fee is generally $25 or $100 (DUI suspensions).
Generally, driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a misdemeanor. A conviction for driving on a suspended license typically carries up to 90 days in jail (or an alternative sentencing program) and a fine of up to $300. Driving on a revoked license carries four days to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. And, if the revocation was for a DUI, the driver faces seven days to a year in jail and $300 to $1,000 in fines.
In addition, in certain circumstances, a conviction can lead to your vehicle being impounded and your license being suspended or revoked for a further period of time.
A conviction for driving while suspended or revoked comes with potentially serious consequences. If you've been arrested for one of these offenses, get in contact with an experienced attorney in your area who can help.