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What Are the Four Major Criminal Law Defenses?

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Criminal defenses are strategies created by defense attorneys to help create reasonable doubt in their client’s case. Criminal courts require that a judge or jury determine guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and a good defense can help establish enough doubt… Read More

Which Is Worse: DUI or DWI in New Mexico?

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Some states separate DUI and DWI from one another, which means the punishments can be more severe for one over the opposite. In New Mexico, however, a DUI and DWI are similar, and the punishments only differ depending on how… Read More

What Are the Elements of Receiving Stolen Property?

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Receiving stolen property is a crime in New Mexico. If you purchase or knowingly house stolen property, or property you even suspect to be stolen, then you could be charged with a crime. The crime, however, is not the same… Read More

What Is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Domestic Violence?

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Domestic violence, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is a very serious accusation. Not only do you have the long-term consequences of a conviction (if you are found guilty), but the arrest itself will negatively impact you. It is important to… Read More

How Much Jail Time Do You Get for Larceny?

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Larceny is a theft crime in New Mexico. Whether you serve time in jail and how much time you serve, however, depends on the value of the property. Like all property and theft crimes, the value plays a heavy role… Read More

Do Restraining Orders Show up on Background Checks?

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Background checks happen for numerous reasons – whether you’re applying for a new job, entering into the military, or looking to rent an apartment. These checks are used to determine your liability, and to see if you qualify for certain… Read More

Can Your Identity Be Stolen from a Credit Card?

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An identity thief doesn’t need a party’s credit card number to steal their identity, just like they do not need the physical credit card to steal that card and use it. All it takes is one piece of information to… Read More

Does New Mexico Extradite for Misdemeanors?

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If you have a misdemeanor charge or you are currently on probation for a misdemeanor, you might wonder if you could leave the state and whether New Mexico would pay to extradite you back. No one with a pending criminal… Read More

Can a DUI Ruin Your Life?

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A DUI is more than just serving some time in jail, paying a fine, and moving on with your life. Instead, a DUI is a severe criminal offense that has long-term consequences most defendants do not realize. Whether it will… Read More

What Happens When You Get a DUI for the First Time

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Typically, a first-time DUI or “first offense” is punished not as harshly as subsequent offenses. However, defendants often mistake the words “first offense” for meaning they will receive leniency from the court. While everyone makes mistakes, in New Mexico, a… Read More

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