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Why Domestic Violence Charges Are Challenging for Military Personnel

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Domestic violence for civilians is bad enough, but as a member of the U.S. Military, an accusation of domestic violence can change your career forever. Sadly, domestic violence is common among military families, especially for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder… Read More

How Coronavirus Is Straining the Legal System

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Coronavirus has almost put a complete halt to the U.S. justice system – especially so in states under mandatory stay-at-home orders. It is not just federal court systems on hold. State courts have cancelled or postponed cases to encourage social… Read More

Search and Seizure: What You Need to Know

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Search and seizure laws protect Americans from any unlawful or unreasonable search and confiscation of personal property without probable cause or warrant. It is critical that you know your Fourth Amendment rights here, because when you do not know how… Read More

Are Heterosexual Men Also Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

Women are not the only victims in domestic violence cases – men can be, too. While women are the most common victim in these cases, there are instances where a heterosexual male has been abused by their female partner. Domestic… Read More

Strangulation: What It Is and Why It’s Dangerous

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Strangulation is very dangerous. Whether it is done during an episode of domestic violence or assault, it involves someone applying direct pressure to another person that prevents them from receiving oxygen, which in turn disrupts blood flow to the brain…. Read More

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

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

Restraining order in a court

Where Do I Obtain a Restraining Order in New Mexico?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

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

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