New Mexico Court Monitoring Report 2022

MADD’s Court Monitoring Program enlists court monitors to observe and document what happens in the courtroom during impaired driving case proceedings. The program was created to ensure that impaired driving offenders are prosecuted and justice is achieved. Court monitoring is a tool proven to affect the adjudication process and is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as an effective countermeasure to reduce impaired driving (1). Court monitors on the local scale can impact the handling of impaired driving cases by their mere presence in the court room.

Court monitoring is intended to enhance transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system and reduce the likelihood of repeat offenses. One way this goal is achieved is by sharing data and observations with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and the public to promote awareness of impaired driving and ensure accountability for all impaired driving offenders. To reduce future offenses, MADD® supports swift and unbiased treatment of all impaired driving cases.

The New Mexico Court Monitoring Program covers 8 counties: Bernalillo, Dona Ana, McKinley, Santa Fe, San Juan, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Valencia counties.

New Mexico State Report (reporting period: 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

Case Disposition DUI

This report is designed to present observations and trends relative to the ten counties monitored and is not intended to be a statistical analysis.

Where disposition is known.





Pending Cases Monitored* | 1258 | 44% Adjudicated Cases Monitored | 1632 | 56% Total Cases Monitored in 2021 | 2891 *pending cases are cases waiting for a judgement





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*Deferred Prosecution includes a version of informal probation; and upon certain completion of terms, the charge may be expunged from the defendant’s record. **An amended disposition means the charge was either amended to a lesser charge (such as Reckless Driving) or amended to a higher charge (less common) ***Bound Over” means the court has found probable cause to charge the defendant with a felony. Once this is done, the case essentially starts over at the Circuit Court level and stays there through sentencing.

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