September 6, 2015 Santa Fe New Mexican
Criminal defense attorney John Day spoke to the Santa Fe New Mexican about the current DWI conviction rate in Santa Fe. In 2014, over almost 37% of the 1000 DWI cases were dismissed.
John Day, who has practiced law in Santa Fe since 1995 and accepts 45 to 70 DWI cases annually, said he doesn’t see Santa Fe’s dismissal rate as “a negative trend.” He said the numbers show that judges are weighing evidence carefully.
“Judges know that their dismissal rate is being watched,” said Day, explaining that judges don’t want to be perceived as soft on drunken drivers. “But they also have an obligation to uphold the Constitution.”
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