Albuquerque Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Defending Clients Throughout New Mexico
Understanding New Mexico’s Domestic Violence Laws
The state of New Mexico defines “domestic violence” as any of the following involving one household member committing an action against the other:
New Mexico law defines “household member” as a spouse, family member, or a person with whom the alleged attacker has an ongoing personal relationship. The prosecution must also prove that a defendant “intentionally or knowingly” caused harm to an intimate partner, meaning they cannot convict a defendant due to an accidental or self-inflicted injury. Based on domestic violence’s unique definition, your attorney can use several defenses to avoid a conviction
The Consequences of a Conviction
New Mexico courts can inflict strict sentences based on the details of your case. Domestic violence can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The court may approve a restraining order on behalf of the alleged victim and even change your custody arrangements if you have children with the alleged victim. This does not even account for the harm to your reputation.
With regard to criminal penalties, a domestic violence conviction can lead to:
In addition, the courts may impose probation and post-release supervision, force the defendant to attend domestic violence classes, and fulfill other conditions.
How to Stand Up to a Domestic Violence Charge
Every case is different and requires an in-depth investigation. The prosecution has already started building its case against you, which is why it is so important to speak to a defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Raymon Law Group, your defense attorney can begin working on your case immediately, whether it involves collecting statements on your behalf or reviewing evidence.
To protect your freedom, your attorney can use several defense strategies, including:
Depending on the nature of your case, your attorney can fight to get you a plea deal or advocate for a complete dismissal if the prosecution does not have a strong case.