Congratulations to our Criminal Appeals Division for a successful appeal this week that resulted in a court decision affirming the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for first time DWI offenders, no matter what the source of their impairment. The Court of Appeals sided with the Attorney General’s Office which argued that the interlock device requirement does not violate either the U.S. or New Mexico constitutions. The case stemmed from the conviction for DWI of a woman in Santa Fe County who was found to have a number of prescription drugs in her system, but no alcohol. She asked that the vehicle interlock requirement be removed in a conditional plea agreement and her request was granted by a Santa Fe District Court. The Court of Appeals decision reverses the lower court’s ruling.
AG King addressed students at Griegos Elementary School in Albuquerque for their observance of national Constitution Day Wednesday. He told the students about how our government works, why it works, and how they can aspire to be a future attorney general, governor, or president. Upon asking one young boy if he knew how the Constitution began the student recited the entire Preamble. AG King, a Constitutional scholar, was duly impressed.