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Drug Legislation

What Is Considered Drug Trafficking?

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Drug trafficking is a type of distribution that can be charged on the state and federal level. It involves selling, illegally importing, or exporting drugs in and out of the state of New Mexico. Being arrested for drug trafficking is… Read More

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Can You Turn around before a DUI Checkpoint?

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Typically, turning around before a DUI checkpoint, or turning down a different street to avoid the stop, is not illegal. However, it all depends on where you begin your turnaround, whether you are breaking traffic laws at the time, and… Read More

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When Intimate Partner Violence Meets Same Sex Couples

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Most states are still trying to catch their laws up to same-sex marriages. Domestic violence can and does occur between same-sex couples, and a person can be wrongly accused of same-sex domestic violence just as they can in a heterosexual… Read More

A thief stealing from a victim's bag

What Is the Difference between Theft and Larceny?

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Theft and larceny are often used synonymously, but they are not the same. In most cases, larceny is a smaller crime while theft is seen as a more serious one. It also depends on the state where you live, since… Read More

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Where Do I Obtain a Restraining Order in New Mexico?

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Restraining orders in New Mexico are done in civil court and you must apply for a restraining order and get a judge’s approval before it is active. Restraining orders may be filed against someone living with you or someone outside… Read More

Are DUI Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

DUI sobriety checkpoints are legal. The U.S. Supreme Court has found them legal because they feel that these checkpoints deter clear public safety hazards. However, a checkpoint does invade a person’s rights, including the right to be protected from unlawful… Read More

Grand Larceny

What Qualifies as Grand Larceny?

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In New Mexico, there is not a specific classification for grand larceny. Instead, there are various subclasses ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony. All of these are based on the value of the products stolen, and even a misdemeanor… Read More

Falsely Accused of Rape

Does Domestic Violence Escalate during the Holidays?

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There is a known spike in domestic violence offenses during the holidays. Starting from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Eve, there are more instances of domestic violence than the rest of the year. There are limited studies showing… Read More

Most Common Felony Crimes

Where Does New Mexico Stand in the Gun Control Debate?

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The state of New Mexico has always been more relaxed when it comes to gun control. There are gun laws in the state that regulate sales, possession, and how these firearms may be used, but the laws are not as… Read More

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What Happens if You Get a DUI in New Mexico?

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Whether it is a first offense or a subsequent one, getting a DUI in New Mexico is a serious criminal offense. Most likely, you will have a driver’s license suspension for a minimum of 90 days, and depending on the… Read More

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