Las Cruces Criminal Defense Lawyers
Trusted Las Cruces Criminal Defense Attorneys Ready To Assist You
Las Cruces is located just a few short miles from the Mexico border. Given the heightened enforcement efforts over recent years, the police presence in Las Cruces has grown significantly. This has led to more arrests across all types of crime, especially violent crime and drug crime. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Las Cruces is the third most dangerous city in the state. Much of the violence in Las Cruces stems from the illegal drug trade, making this an area of special focus for law enforcement.
Those facing serious criminal accusations quite literally have their freedom on the line. Even if the crime seems relatively minor, a conviction can forever mar your record, making it difficult to get a job or qualify for certain government benefits. You may also have to deal with probation, fines, court costs, and more. In many cases, there is the very real possibility of jail time. At the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, our Las Cruces criminal defense lawyers are prepared to stand up for your rights and advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Las Cruces Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing Clients Facing All Types of Crimes
At the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, our team of lawyers is uniquely situated to vigorously defend you against whatever charges you are facing. With over 22 years of experience handling a wide range of cases, we command a deep understanding of the laws, the local court system, and the prosecutors who bring these cases. A few of the most common types of cases we handle include the following.
Drug possession and drug trafficking are perhaps the most common type of crime in and around Las Cruces. The seriousness of a Las Cruces drug offense depends on the type and quantity of the drug, as well as whether it was possessed with the intent to distribute. Drug trafficking charges are the most serious drug crimes. They involve the sale or distribution of Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics.
Most Las Cruces violent crimes involve either assault or battery. An assault occurs when someone puts another in fear of an immediate physical injury. Battery, on the other hand, involves causing actual injury to another person. Both assault and battery can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the allegations.
Although many sex crimes are based on the flimsiest of evidence, these cases can still be challenging to defend. Often, prosecutors will try to bring in a defendant’s “prior bad acts.” This can cause serious prejudice in the eyes of the judge or jury.
There are many types of Las Cruces sex offenses. However, the most common are:
- Sexual assault,
- Child molestation, and
- Criminal sexual conduct.
The most serious sex offense is aggravated rape, which involves the rape of a child under 13 years of age with the intent to kill or with a depraved mind without regard for human life. Punishments for sex offenses vary significantly, with a maximum term of life imprisonment for aggravated rape.
Homicide is defined as the deliberate killing of another person. There are several types of New Mexico homicide offenses. Each requires the prosecution to prove that the defendant acted either intentionally or in an extremely reckless manner, demonstrating an utter disregard for human life.
Homicide offenses include:
- Involuntary manslaughter,
- Voluntary manslaughter,
- Felony murder, and
Punishments for a Las Cruces homicide offense range from 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter to life in prison for certain types of murder.
It is important to remember that every type of crime also has its defenses. Those facing serious criminal accusations should not give up hope. At the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, we represent clients in all criminal cases, regardless of the seriousness.
Contact an Experienced Las Cruces Criminal Defense Legal Team for Immediate Assistance
If you are facing criminal charges in Las Cruces, give the attorneys at the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices a call. We will work closely with you to develop a strong defense against whatever crimes the government had brought against you. We have more than 22 years of experience successfully representing clients in a wide range of criminal matters. You can rest assured that you are in good hands when you bring us onto your team. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, give us a call today. You can also reach out to us through our online form, and one of our lawyers will get in touch with you.