Legal Practice Areas & Experience in Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico

DUI and DWI Defense

Even if it is your first offense, driving drunk in New Mexico can have serious consequences. When you choose Rudy Chavez as your DWI attorney, your rights and best interests are protected with effective criminal defense. Armed with the experience of handling over 5,000 DWI/DUI cases in New Mexico, Rudy Chavez is prepared to fight for the results you want in your DWI/DUI case.

Under New Mexico law, DWI or driving while intoxicated refers to both blood alcohol and drug impairment. While the legal blood alcohol limit of any driver is 0.08%, if you display any signs of being impaired you can still be charged with DWI. As a licensed driver in New Mexico, you are required by law to submit to a blood or breathalyzer test if an officer has reasonable suspicion to believe you are driving impaired, however, if your rights were in any way violated during your arrest, the case may be dismissed. As your attorney, Rudy Chavez performs a rigorous investigation of your arrest to ensure that your arrest was reasonable and legal.

In New Mexico, even a first offense DUI/DWI can have harsh penalties. Beginning as a misdemeanor, potential consequences from a DWI/DUI conviction escalate rapidly if you are caught driving drunk multiple times.

  • First Offense DUI/DWI: Misdemeanor. Up to 1-year license revocation, up to 90 days in jail, DWI school, ignition interlock for 1 year, community service, and potential alcohol treatment.
  • Second Offense DUI/DWI: Misdemeanor. 2-year license revocation, 96 hours of mandatory jail time, up to $1000 in fines, community service, ignition interlock for 2 years, extended probation.
  • Third Offense DUI/DWI: Misdemeanor. 3-year license revocation, mandatory 30 days in jail, up to $1000 in fines, community service, 2-year ignition interlock term, extended probation.
  • Fourth Offense DUI/DWI: Felony 4th Degree. Lifetime license revocation, 6 months mandatory prison time, up to $5,000 in fines, lifetime ignition interlock device.
  • Fifth Offense DUI/DWI or More: Felony 3rd Degree. Lifetime license revocation, up to 2 years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, lifetime ignition interlock.

If your BAC score is over 0.16 you may be charged with Aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor charge that carries more serious penalties. Experienced with DWI laws, Rudy Chavez knows what is at stake if you are convicted. By crafting an aggressive and effective defense, Rudy Chavez provides legal help when you need it the most.

New Mexico DWI laws are highly punitive. A strong and effective defense is the best way to fight the harsh penalties of DWI/DUI. When you choose Rudy Chavez, you receive a criminal defense that is not only committed to defending your rights but is personally invested in your case. Contact us today and learn how Rudy Chavez can fight your DWI charges.  

Because of the harsh penalties of DWI/DUI in New Mexico, offenders experience the shame of a lapse in judgment and endure harsh penalties that can cause them to lose their job, their family, and their financial stability. As your lawyer, Rudy Chavez treats you like a person rather than a criminal. With a personal approach to law, Rudy Chavez fights to protect the things most important to you with effective and experienced criminal defense.

Drunk driving laws in New Mexico are extremely punitive. According to DWI/DUI statistics, New Mexico ranks high for drunk driving-related accidents and fatalities. To curb this, lawmakers have made it extremely expensive and devastating for any person who drives drunk. Potential consequences of DWI/DUI include:

  • Vehicle Seizure
  • Hundreds to Thousands of Dollars in Fines
  • Suspended or Revoked License
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock for 1 year (at least)
  • Jail Time
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • DWI School
  • Community Service

Rudy Chavez helps you minimize the consequences of a DUI/DWI with experienced and effective criminal defense. When you call Rudy Chavez after your DWI, he will immediately conduct a thorough investigation of your arrest and help you keep your privilege to drive and your vehicle.

DWI/DUI statistics indicate that about half of New Mexico drunk driving arrests are repeat offenders. If you have been arrested for multiple DWI/DUIs, you may suffer harsher penalties, including:

  • Permanent license revocation
  • Prison
  • Extensive Probation
  • Rehab Alcohol Treatment
  • Lifetime Interlock

In order to protect your personal freedom, it is important to get in touch with an attorney who has extensive experience with New Mexico DWI laws. Drunk driving cases are a specialty of Rudy Chavez; he has handled over 5,000 New Mexico DWI cases with a 90% success rate.

If your car is your dominant form of transportation, a driver’s license revocation can have a significant and negative impact on your life. A DWI/DUI lawyer for driver’s license revocations, Rudy Chavez is committed to helping you maintain your legal driving status after a DWI/DUI arrest.

Under the Implied Consent Law, licensed drivers in New Mexico are required by law to submit to a chemical or blood test if a police officer suspects they are impaired. When a driver blows above the legal limit or tests positive for banned substances, the driver’s license may be revoked. .

Rudy Chavez helps you protect your right to drive by taking immediate action. Within 10 days of your arrest, Rudy Chavez can request and attend an administrative hearing on your behalf and defend your right to drive. Unless you request a hearing, your license will be revoked without question within 20 days.

After a DWI/DUI arrest, you need a lawyer who knows the facts about drunk driving so you can fully understand what you are up against. Rudy Chavez has over 33 years of experience handling New Mexico DWI/DUIs and is with you every step of the way to give you the information you need regarding your license revocation.

Depending on the number of prior offenses, drivers may encounter difficulty getting a license after DUI/DWI arrests. The duration of your penalties ranges based on the severity of the offense:

  • First Offense: 6 months to 1 y1-yearear revocation
  • Second Offense: 2-year revocation
  • Third Offense: 3-year license revocation
  • Fourth Offense or More: lifetime license revocation

Limited licenses can be granted if you install an ignition interlock on your car. If you are a commercial vehicle driver, however, you may need the help of an experienced drunk driving attorney in getting a license after a DUI /DWI conviction.

If you are arrested for DWI/DUI in New Mexico, your license will most likely be confiscated on the spot. In order to prevent license revocation, you need to take immediate action. 

New Mexico

Personal Injury Attorney

Rudy Chavez is your legal expert on personal injury in Albuquerque, MN. If you have been injured in an accident of any kind, get the legal representation and full compensation you deserve. Insurance companies have attorneys working for them, and who work to protect their interests. This is why you should never go up against them alone. You may be entitled to far more than you realize. But in the end what you deserve is an outcome that is just and fair for your injury and everything that followed it in your life, your work, and that of your family.

New Mexico

Auto Accident Attorney

An Albuquerque auto accident has the potential to alter your future in a single instant. One of the leading causes of death in the United States, car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and emotional trauma. With mounting medical bills and lost wages, you may be wondering where to turn.
Rudy Chavez helps you put your life back together after your auto accident. With extensive knowledge and over 40 years of experience in auto accident law, Rudy Chavez fights for the compensation you deserve while you recover from this traumatic experience.

When you choose Rudy Chavez, your auto accident injury case will be handled with personal and professional care. Unlike other attorneys, Rudy Chavez handles each case himself and gets to know you personally while he fights for your case. A lawyer who is committed to maintaining a close relationship with his clients, Rudy Chavez is personally invested in helping you recover.

Rudy Chavez is prepared to provide aggressive and ethical legal representation for the full range of injuries related to auto accidents, including:

  • Brain Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Broken Bones
  • Neck Injuries

While you recover from this traumatic event, Rudy Chavez will build a strong case on your behalf by conducting a thorough investigation of the accident. He is prepared to go all the way to trial if it means getting you the compensation you deserve.

If you are seriously injured in a car accident, you may have lost your ability to go to work, to play with your kids, or to even function the way you were able to before the accident. Rudy Chavez provides the effective and experienced representation you need to obtain compensation for what you have lost.

Rudy Chavez provides effective legal counsel for the full range of auto accident law, including:

  • Truck Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • SUV Rollover Accidents
  • Tractor Trailer Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Commercial & City Vehicle Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • And More

Coping with the trauma of a recent auto accident is difficult enough without medical bills and lost earnings. While he cannot replace what you have lost, Rudy Chavez can help you pursue the compensation you deserve after your Albuquerque auto accident.

After a frightening car accident, the last thing you want to experience is intimidating legal representation. Rudy Chavez is honest and direct with you every step of the way, giving you comprehensive information on your case in a friendly way. If you are seeking legal help after a car accident in Albuquerque, contact Rudy Chavez for a car accident attorney that prioritizes your needs.

New Mexico

Bankruptcy Attorney

When debt is weighing your life down, you may feel like you have no other option than to endure the stress of creditor harassment and potential repossession. This is not true. Also known as “liquidation” bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy provided debt relief when you need it the most. Rudy Chavez provides legal counsel and guidance so you can effectively complete the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process and get a clean start on your credit.

Without legal representation, debtors risk inaccurate financial assessment, incorrect filing, and missing important deadlines. Because you can only file bankruptcy with Chapter 7 once every 8 years, it is important to hire an experienced bankruptcy attorney to help you maximize the benefits of debt relief.

When you choose Rudy Chavez as your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy lawyer, he can help you with:

  • Prebankruptcy procedures – assessing the best filing options for your financial situation to maximize debt relief.
  • Filing all required documents – including bankruptcy forms and information such as tax returns, income documentation, property, and bank account records.
  • Managing schedules and petitions – Rudy Chavez stays on top of your paperwork and keeps you aware of any appointments you need to move forward
  • Exemptions – correctly identifying items exempt from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, including cars, homestead, and furniture.
  • Credit Counseling – choosing the incorrect form of credit counseling could result in a dismissal of your petition to file.

Unlike other bankruptcy lawyers, Rudy Chavez is personally invested in giving you the best possible legal guidance for your financial situation. He provides honest and direct knowledge of your case every step of the way so you remain in control of your finances at all times.

A lot of lawyers can help file bankruptcy paperwork, but very few specialize in it. Bankruptcy lawyers have specialized knowledge of legal bankruptcy procedures so you can maximize the benefits of your filing.

Rudy Chavez is well-versed in all Chapter 7 Bankruptcy rules so you can get the most out of your debt relief, such as:

  • Prequalification
  • Asset Protection
  • Rules for Businesses
  • Dischargeable Debts
  • Exemptions
  • And More

Armed with a thorough knowledge of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy law, Rudy Chavez is prepared to help you get back on your financial feet swiftly and effectively.

Contact an Albuquerque attorney to file for bankruptcy if you are struggling with debt management, Rudy Chavez can help. Contact him today to learn how an experienced bankruptcy attorney can help you get control of your finances and start fresh with Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Other Legal Practice Areas & Experience in Albuquerque, NM

Rudy Chavez has extensive experience in a variety of legal practice areas. As your attorney, Rudy Chavez can assist you with:

  • Zoning Variances
  • Building Codes
  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy – Chapter 13
  • Bankruptcy – Chapter 7
  • Business Matters
  • Civil Matters
  • Contingent Fee/Plaintiff
  • Criminal – Expungement
  • Criminal – Felony Defense
  • Criminal – Misdemeanor
  • Debt Collection Defense
  • Contested Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Separation/Annulment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Estate Administration & Closing
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Juvenile Court Proceedings
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Name Change
  • Neighbor Dispute
  • Personal Property Disputes
  • Post Decree
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreement
  • Purchase/Sale Home
  • Real Estate Dispute
  • Administrative Motor Vehicles
  • Traffic – Defense of DWI
  • Traffic – Driving Privilege Protection
  • Traffic – Minor Traffic Offenses
  • Wills

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