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Assault & Battery in New Mexico: What You Need to Know

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

While the terms assault and battery are often used together or interchangeably, legally speaking, the two crimes are distinct. In fact, there are several types of New Mexico assault and battery offenses, varying in seriousness. Under common law, an assault… Read More

Assault & Battery in New Mexico: What You Need to Know

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

While the terms assault and battery are often used together or interchangeably, legally speaking, the two crimes are distinct. In fact, there are several types of New Mexico assault and battery offenses, varying in seriousness. Under common law, an assault… Read More

What’s the Difference between Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter?

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Murder, manslaughter, and homicide are terms used to describe situations in which one person’s actions result in another’s death. Homicide is a blanket term that refers to the killing of a human being by another human being. Manslaughter and murder… Read More

White Collar Crimes: What Do I Need to Know?

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White-collar crimes are the non-violent crimes that encompass a wide range of criminal acts, including fraud, identity theft, insider trading, and more. They are typically done by businesses and even government officials. Regardless, they all involve some form of deceit… Read More

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Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed against Me?

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If someone has placed a restraining order against you, you may have few (if any) options to remove that restraining order. Determining your options means reviewing the complexity of the case, including reasons for that order, whether it was violated,… Read More

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What Makes a Drug Charge Aggravated?

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Aggravated drug crimes typically mean that you are facing a felony rather than a misdemeanor. With that comes longer prison sentences, higher fines, and long-term consequences of being branded as a “felon.” It is illegal in New Mexico to possess… Read More

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What Happens When a DUI Results in Someone’s Death?

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When someone dies as a result of drunk driving, it is no longer just a DUI case; it is now a vehicular homicide. Not only will the driver be charged with a DUI (a misdemeanor), but now they face vehicular… Read More

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Felony Resisting Arrest: What Does the Prosecutor Have to Prove?

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To get a guilty verdict in felony resisting arrest, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intentionally resisted arrest – and that is not as hard as it sounds. While the bar is not extremely high, that… Read More

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Can an Innocent Person Be Accused of Child Pornography?

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Yes, an innocent person can be accused of child pornography, and sadly, that accusation (while false) can permanently destroy a person’s life. Child pornography cases are incredibly sensitive. Not only do state prosecutors want to hold abusers of this practice… Read More

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Is Domestic Violence Surging in the Age of COVID-19?

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With COVID-19 bringing significant job losses around the country, schools closing down, and families being shut indoors with each other day after day, the rate of domestic violence climbs. The financial stressors of the failing economy, uncertainty about whether or… Read More

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