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Marijuana Laws in New Mexico

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There Are Still Paths to Jail for Marijuana Use in New Mexico Despite Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana in 2021 Even though New Mexico was one of the first states—if not the first—to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, the state… Read More

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Drug Trafficking: What Are the Penalties That You Should Know

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Drug crimes are one of the most commonly prosecuted offenses in New Mexico. With the opioid epidemic in the back of everyone’s mind, lawmakers face pressure to enact strict laws to punish those convicted of drug trafficking. Additionally, police and… Read More

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Exploring the Difference Between Possession and Possession with Intent

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While any New Mexico drug crime is serious and can have a dramatic effect on your life, some are much more serious than others. The biggest difference between minor drug offenses and serious ones lies in what you intended to… Read More

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What Are Common Defense Strategies Against Federal Drug Charges?

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In the wake of the opioid epidemic, police and prosecutors are stepping up their drug enforcement efforts. While many drug crimes are prosecuted in state court, serious cases and those involving the transportation of narcotics across state lines can result… Read More

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How to Dismiss Unjust Drug Trafficking Charges

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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?

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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

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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

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