Rio Rancho Criminal Defense Lawyers
Aggressive Rio Rancho Criminal Defense Attorneys Ready To Fight For You
In New Mexico, even first-time offenders can face harsh sentences (including possible jail time) for DUIs and other criminal offenses. If you are facing charges for a federal drug offense, assault, or another serious crime, you could be looking at years behind bars. At New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, we can help you, but you need to contact us as soon as possible.
Located in Albuquerque, we regularly represent clients who live and work in Rio Rancho. If you have been arrested, contact us today to speak with an attorney for free.
Why Choose New Mexico Criminal Law Offices?
1. Our Decades of Experience
Since 1997, we have handled more than 5,000 criminal cases in Rio Rancho and throughout New Mexico. Our Rio Rancho criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience representing criminal defendants and fighting for the unjustly accused.
2. Our Established Reputation
As a result of our experience, we have earned reputations as two of the most aggressive and most trustworthy criminal defense lawyers serving the residents of Rio Rancho. Thousands of clients have trusted lawyers Jack Mkhitarian and Kenneth Gleria to help keep them out of jail and minimize the consequences of their arrests.
3. Our Commitment to Criminal Defense
Our law firm focuses exclusively in the area of criminal defense. Together, our attorneys have 24 years of experience not just practicing law but helping the criminally accused protect their legal and Constitutional rights.
4. We Have Trial-Tested Strategies for Success
While each case is unique, when it comes to defending criminal charges in New Mexico, there are certain defenses and techniques that can be applied across the board. At New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, we utilize various trial-tested strategies to help our clients in Rio Rancho avoid jail time and other penalties whenever possible.
5. We Win
By using our proven strategies, we have been able to consistently secure favorable results for our clients. This includes having charges dropped, negotiating plea deals that avoid jail time, and obtaining not-guilty verdicts at trial.
6. We Have Experience Defending Your Charges
At New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, we regularly represent clients in cases involving allegations of DUI, serious drug crimes, assault and battery, homicide, and other criminal offenses. If you have been arrested in Rio Rancho, we have most likely defended the exact charges you are currently facing.
7. We Have Unparalleled Knowledge of the Law and Legal System
To protect yourself as much as possible, you need a criminal defense team with significant local experience. Defense lawyers Jack Mkhitarian and Kenneth Gleria know the New Mexico criminal justice system and the Rio Rancho courts inside and out. They have the knowledge and insight that only come from years of experience negotiating with prosecutors and vigorously representing clients at trial.
Contact New Mexico Criminal Law Offices today and put experience on your side.
8. No One Will Work Harder
Why choose New Mexico Criminal Law Offices? It’s simple: No one will work harder to protect your legal rights and keep you out of jail. We are 100 percent committed to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.
9. We Truly Want What’s Best for You
We wouldn’t do what we do if we didn’t care about our clients. We know how much your case means to you, and we know the effect that a criminal conviction can have on the rest of your life. When you choose New Mexico Criminal Law Offices, you can rest assured that you are represented by a team of experienced Rio Rancho criminal defense lawyers who are committed to securing the best possible result in your case.
10. You Can Talk to Us for Free
If you have been arrested, we invite you to call us and speak with one of our attorneys for free. We provide complimentary case evaluations to the residents of Rio Rancho.
We Handle All Types of Criminal Cases in Rio Rancho
Our Rio Rancho criminal defense lawyers have handled just about every type of case brought in criminal court. Here is a brief overview of some common charges.
Traffic Offenses – The most common traffic offenses that are seen in criminal court are driving while your license is suspended. These charges may appear minor and usually are. But with each additional charge of driving on a suspended license, your penalties get more and harsher and can even include jail time or permanent revocation of your license.
DUI – This is a traffic offense but it is of such a different nature that it requires a category unto itself. DUI’s are taken very seriously in Rio Rancho, and the best thing you can do when arrested is to contact us as soon as possible. We might be able to get the case dropped or the charge lowered, and the sooner we start talking to the prosecutor for you, the better.
Theft – This category encompasses many different types and levels of charges, starting with the misdemeanor of petty theft and going all the way up to burglary and robbery – both with or without enhancements. Enhanced charges are those that are made worse usually by the use of force or a weapon. And once weapons enter the picture, an accused could be looking at not only a charge of say, robbery with a deadly weapon, but also a charge of attempted murder, depending on the specific facts of the case.
Domestic Violence – Charges of domestic violence are not uncommon and can affect your future more than you might think, so it is crucial to have representation throughout the proceedings. When a family member (or anyone who falls under the legal categories included in domestic violence) picks up the phone and dials 911 to report that you have abused them, the police typically show up, do precious little investigating, and make an arrest – and let the court sort out the details later. We’ve seen many cases where the allegations were either significantly exaggerated or completely fabricated. But unfortunately, this does not typically stop the police from making an arrest. If this has happened to you or someone you love, allow us to help you put your life back together.
Drug Possession and Trafficking – The war on drugs has been raging for decades with little to show for it besides bursting prison populations. Simple possession is the least serious of these charges. But when you get hit with trafficking charges, things get very serious, very fast. So what is trafficking?
Trafficking charges deal with the cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, or distribution of illegal drugs. However, the key factor that is used to determine if you will be charged with trafficking is the amount of drugs you were caught with – regardless of whether or not there is any evidence of intent to distribute. That intent is simply assumed for purposes of trafficking charges once you have a certain quantity on you.
The penalties can be fierce. Penalties can vary greatly depending on whether you are charged under New Mexico state laws or federal laws. Under New Mexico law, trafficking is a 2nd-degree felony and carries with it up to 9 years in state prison for a first offense. For a second offense, the prison sentence doubles to 18 years. And there are a number of collateral consequences to such a conviction as well:
- Loss of civil rights
- Loss of voting rights
- Substantial fines
- Loss of the right to own a gun
- Loss of qualification for certain government sponsored housing, public assistance, or student loans
We have represented many clients in all of the above scenarios and so many more – including sexual offenses and homicide.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Future
Now is not the time to take chances. If you are facing criminal charges, your future could be on the line, and you need to be smart about your next move. To get experienced representation for your New Mexico criminal charges, contact New Mexico Criminal Law Offices today.
Effective Rio Rancho Criminal Defense Lawyer
New Mexico Criminal Law Offices is a dedicated criminal defense law firm serving individuals in Rio Rancho, NM. To get started on your defense with a free case evaluation, call (505) 375-4661 to speak with our Rio Rancho criminal defense attorney or submit our online request form now.