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Albuquerque Homicide, Attempted Murder Attorney

Homicide and attempted murder charges in New Mexico often seem like the highest tiered criminal offense a person can commit.  However, a criminal charge on suspicion of homicide or attempted murder is not a conviction and it is important to contact an experienced attempted murder or homicide defense attorney in Albuquerque who can protect your rights in court rather than give up.

Homicide in New Mexico

New Mexico law defines homicide as any of the following:

  • Willful and premeditated killing;
  • Killing that occurred while committing a felony (felony murder); or
  • Killing by engaging in extremely reckless conduct with disregard for human life (depraved mind).

Felony murder includes murder committed during the following types of felonies:

Even if the murder is an unintentional part of the felony itself, a person can still be charged with murder if it was a foreseeable possibility that someone could be killed during the crime.  This is often the case in burglaries committed by a team of people.  If one person commits the murder, everyone involved in the pursuit of the crime itself could be liable for the felony murder committed.

Homicide Punishments

Homicide convictions in New Mexico are subject to the highest possible charges of capital felony.  This includes potential life imprisonment for any crime classified as such.  Homicide offenses can also be classified as a first degree felony or a second degree felony, with up to 18 years or 9 years in prison, respectively.

Attempted Murder

Attempted murder is defined in New Mexico as trying to kill another person.  This could happen intentionally and deliberately, or it could occur as the result of the reckless disregard for human life.  This is quite different from homicide in New Mexico, which is defined as the actual killing of another with full intent.  Attempted murder charges vary quite largely depending on the facts of the case.  This can include any pre-meditation, intent, weapon used during the crime, and the nature of the attack itself.

Attempted Murder Punishment

Attempted murder is a second degree felony which carries up to 15 years in prison and a potential fine up to $20,000.  However, the court can look at other factors in the case, such as whether prior assaults or batteries occurred before the current charge and whether the specific incident was linked to any other crimes, or whether the crime involved a law enforcement officer.  These factors can lead to increased charges and punishment ranges which can be vital to your case.  Each factor is crucial to the case itself and an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to walk you through the charges and the court process.

Albuquerque Homicide, Attempted Murder Defense Law Firm

If you have been charged with homicide or attempted murder, do not hesitate to contact our New Mexico Criminal Law Offices as soon as you are able. You can reach us at 505-200-2982. The sooner you hire an experienced attorney, the sooner we can begin to work on your case and flesh out all important details.  Every fact is important for case which carries such severe consequences.  Homicide charges especially become difficult to defend the later you consult an attorney because attorneys need to speak to any eyewitnesses, develop a case, and abide by the court’s timeline.  Homicide charges can result in a life-changing sentence which should not be left to chance.