Daily Press Staff Writer

The Artesia Police Department is asking Mayor Phillip Burch and the Artesia City Council for help in requesting a DWI hearing room in the new Motor Vehicle Department complex the county is planning to build.

Police Chief Don Raley made the request at the last city council meeting Oct. 25.

By law, a DWI conviction carries with it, among other penalties, a license revocation of at least one year depending on the number of convictions the person has had. When an individual is convicted of a DWI, they have the opportunity to appeal to keep their license. For this to happen, a revocation hearing must be held.

Currently, there is no designated hearing room at the Motor Vehicle Department in Artesia. As a result, Artesia police are required to travel to Carlsbad each time there is a hearing. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.