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How to Dismiss Unjust Drug Trafficking Charges

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

Police, prosecutors, and judges all take drug crimes very seriously. In fact, even a first-time drug trafficking offense in New Mexico is classified as a second-degree felony. While serious, there are many potential defenses to drug charges. Those facing a… Read More

Domestic Violence

What Are the Links between Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

Not surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between a person’s substance abuse problem and a history of domestic violence. However, while a substance abuse problem is a recognized medical condition, it is not a defense for domestic abuse. If you… 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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How to Defend a Trafficking Case

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

Drug trafficking charges are very serious, and sometimes prosecutors can be overzealous when charging a person with trafficking when they are just barely past the line. Luckily, you have defense strategy options – even when facing something as serious as… 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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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

Drug Legislation

What Is Drug Legislation?

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The state or federal governments form drug legislation or drug policies. These policies then control and regulate which substances are considered illegal, addictive, or dangerous. They also dictate how these drugs are handled, the punishment for ignoring legislation, and which… Read More

drug trafficking

What Is the Maximum Sentence for Drug Trafficking?

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Drug trafficking is a serious criminal offense and one that could put you in prison for years (if not decades). The maximum sentence will depend on how much you were trafficking, the category of drug, and whether you carried it… Read More

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What Is the Penalty for Drug Trafficking under New Mexico’s Latest Marijuana Laws?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

New Mexico is one of the few states to allow marijuana use for medical purposes, but this is under highly specific situations. The law prohibits the use of marijuana recreationally, and the distribution, sale, and trafficking of the illegal substance… Read More

drug possession arrest

Is a Drug Dog Vehicle Search Legal?

Posted on by JACK MKHITARIAN

Have you ever driven down the road and witnessed a vehicle pulled over by law enforcement and a drug dog sniffing the perimeter? You assume that your Fourth Amendment rights protect you. Therefore, that officer must have had a warrant… Read More

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