State Supreme Court Rules on Car Seizures in New Mexico DWI Cases

The state Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge to a program designed to seize vehicles from motorists arrested for driving while intoxicated in New Mexico. That allowed a trial court ruling to stand, thus ending the legal challenges to a controversial plan.

In 2005 the Albuquerque City Council said wanted to raise $300,000 in annual revenue by seizing vehicles in DWI cases, even before the driver was convicted of a crime. The ACLU filed suit saying that it is not illegal to drink and drive, as long as the motorist

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