Albuquerque Criminal Defense Attorneys
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Have you recently been arrested for an alleged criminal offense? If so, you understand how complex the criminal court system can be in New Mexico as well as the number of different forms you must fill out even before a court date is set. An experienced criminal law attorney can help ensure that everything gets filed appropriately and can prepare you for a hearing.
A DUI conviction can result in jail time, loss of your driver’s license, a stiff fine and other penalties, not to mention a permanent criminal record. It is easier to exceed the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold than most people realize, and you can be convicted with a BAC even lower than that if you appear intoxicated or are under 21. There are many ways to fight a DUI charge, however.
The domestic violence designation can enhance penalties for other acts, such as assault, that are already crimes. Unfortunately, false accusations are more common in domestic violence cases than they are in just about any other type of criminal case, because they are often used to gain advantage in divorce or child custody proceedings. Domestic violence charges are very serious, and experienced counsel is a must.
Robbery, burglary and theft are all distinct crimes – robbery involves taking by force; burglary involves a home invasion; and theft refers to many types of fraudulent taking of property, including identity theft and receiving stolen property. All of these offenses can be prosecuted as felonies, and in some cases, years can be added to your sentence if the estimated value of the property exceeds a certain threshold.
Assault and battery laws are harsher than most people realize. Slapping someone in the face, for example, could get you up to six months in jail for battery, and you could be jailed for assault without ever touching anyone. Assault and battery charges commonly arise out of domestic disputes where there may be no third-party witnesses.
Although New Mexico abolished capital punishment in 2009, life imprisonment is still a distinct possibility if you are convicted of homicide. Under certain circumstances, it is even possible to be convicted of murder despite proving that you did not intend to kill anyone and that it was someone else, not you, who pulled the trigger. An experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential when fighting a homicide charge.
White collar crimes are nonviolent crimes committed for financial gain, such as identity theft, embezzlement, and money laundering. The term “white collar” quite frankly whitewashes the serious nature of these crimes. Offenses are easier to commit than you might realize – unauthorized access to computer records at your office, for example, can be prosecuted as a felony.
A defendant facing a resisting arrest charge typically faces one or more other charges, for whatever crime he or she allegedly resisted being arrested for in the first place. You can even be charged with resisting arrest for refusing to pull over. Although a resisting arrest charge will not stick if the arrest itself was unlawful, your innocence of the underlying offense doesn’t necessarily mean that the arrest itself was unlawful.
Larceny refers to theft without violence or trespassing, and it can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. Shoplifting is a good example of a typical act of larceny. Penalties for larceny vary greatly depending on the estimated value of the allegedly stolen item. In some cases, a one-dollar increase in the estimated value can add years to your maximum prison sentence.
If you are on probation, it is probably because the court felt that outright incarceration would be inappropriate. Nevertheless, you will be subject to intrusive conditions of probation that could include a curfew or a prohibition against associating with certain people. Violating probation is a serious matter that might result in incarceration for a longer period than if you had never been released on probation in the first place.
Federal and state prisons in New Mexico are filled with people convicted of drug crimes. Penalties can be unreasonably harsh – even simple possession of a small amount of crack cocaine, for example, can result in 20 years in prison. You can be charged at either the state or the federal level, and you may be subject to a draconian mandatory minimum sentence.
Because sex crimes carry a stigma that cannot be compared to any other type of crime, false accusations are relatively common. Conviction for a sex crime can result in years of prison time and mandatory registration as a sex offender for life. Even a baseless accusation can do permanent damage to your reputation unless your name is cleared.
The foregoing is just a sample of the types of criminal charges we handle. We also represent defendants charged with child pornography, child molestation, minor in possession of alcohol, and many more offenses.
Larceny (over $2500 but less than $20,000) and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny (over $2500 but less than $20,000) Client Faced 4 and ½ years in Jail—Case Dismissed by prosecutor after Attorney Jack Mkhitarian asked for Evidence related to the Offense that prosecutor was unable to provide.See Results
1st Degree Felony Kidnapping (Sexual Offense Comitted), Criminal Sexual Contact, Battery Against a Household Member (4 Counts) Client faced 23 and ½ years in Jail. All charges dismissed upon Prosecutor’s failure to comply with Defense Council’s Discovery Demands.See Results
DWI First Offense, Careless Driving, and Open Container-Client was involved in a roll over accident on the Freeway, blew a .08, .09. - Found not guilty at trial.See Results
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