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How to Lift a Restraining Order

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Lifting a restraining order has a different procedure, depending on whether you are the victim or the party with a restraining order against them. It is easier to have a restraining order revoked if the victim is requesting it. If… Read More

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What Is the Difference between Assault and Aggravated Assault?

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Assault and aggravated assault are two different crimes. Assault is less serious than an aggravated assault charge and could result in minor injuries or just a threat of violence. Aggravated assault involves more serious circumstances including the intent to seriously… Read More

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Can You Get Probation for a Felony Drug Charge?

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Drug charges carry minimum sentencing in the state of New Mexico. Therefore, it is unlikely that you would receive probation for a felony drug charge – even if it is your first offense. Also, if you are charged with a… Read More

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Can I Reopen a DUI Case?

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Depending on the circumstances, you could reopen a DUI case. However, not all DUI cases can be explored again. If you were convicted of a DUI, you will need to discuss reopening with an attorney and see if your case… Read More

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What to Do If a Family Member Has Been Accused or Charged with Shoplifting?

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Shoplifting is a serious criminal offense that can result in jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. If you or a loved one has been accused of or charged with shoplifting, contact a defense attorney immediately. The penalty for… Read More

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What Is the Fine for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor?

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In New Mexico, the legal drinking age is 21 years old. Individuals under the age of 21 cannot purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Likewise, it is illegal to supply alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age. The punishment for… Read More

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What Is the Purpose of a Defense to Criminal Charges?

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As a criminal defendant, it is in your best interest to create a defense alongside an attorney for the charges you are facing. It doesn’t matter if you are being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you must mount… Read More

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Can a DWI be Reduced to a Lesser Charge?

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Yes, in some instances a DWI can be reduced to a lesser charge. However, the chances of that happening are incredibly low if you attempt to do so without representation. The only way for the charges to be dropped entirely… Read More

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Can Grand Larceny Charges Be Dropped?

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Grand larceny is a theft crime in New Mexico. Like any criminal charges, there is a chance that your grand larceny charge could be dropped by the prosecution. Reasons for that drop can happen before trial or even mid-trial. While… Read More

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False Allegations of Sexual Abuse By Children and Adolescents – Does It Really Happen?

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Unfortunately, false allegations of sexual abuse from children and adolescents do happen. Unlike when an adult accuses a person of sexual abuse on their own accord, allegations of sexual abuse from children often stem from pressure by other adults. While… Read More

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