New Mexico Criminal Defense


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BEING CHARGED WITH A CRIME

            Being charged with a crime can throw your life into disarray. Bring some peace of mind back to your life by hiring New Mexico criminal defense attorney William J. Cooley.
            When you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, your life can quickly become chaotic. While you once had friends and family, a good job, and good wages, now you might be behind bars, your friends and family may be angry with you, and you may even lose your job and income.

IF YOU ARE CONVICTED

            William J. Cooley has experience handling many types of criminal cases. He will carefully investigate your arrest to find any reason your case could be thrown out due to improper procedures and build you a strong, smart defense. We have a long record of getting charges reduced and even dismissed.

New Mexico Crimes and Penalties

New Mexico Criminal Laws and Punishments Can be Confusing

A criminal defense attorney can answer your questions about what kinds of charges you are facing and what sorts of penalties might be imposed.

Every state has its own system of classifying crimes which also identifies the statutory punishments for each classification. New Mexico has three main criminal offense classifications, in order of seriousness: felonies, misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors. (See New Mexico Statutes Annotated § 30-1-6.)

Each major crime classification is defined by the extent of their imprisonment sentences. Crimes sentenced with:

  • More than a year of imprisonment are felonies.
  • Between six months and one year of imprisonment are misdemeanors.
  • Six months of imprisonment or less are petty misdemeanors.

Felonies are further classified into five different degrees of seriousness, including:

Capital Felonies

These are the most serious crimes, including first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual penetration. A sentence includes life imprisonment with or without parole.
 

First-Degree Felonies

These types of felonies include other murder offenses and kidnapping. A sentence includes up to 18 years of imprisonment and $17,500 in fines.

Second-Degree Felonies

These include robbery and the sexual exploitation of a minor. A sentence includes up to nine years of imprisonment and $12,500 in fines.

Third-Degree Felonies

These include aggravated battery, stalking and voluntary (“heat of passion”) manslaughter. A sentence includes up to three years of imprisonment and $5,000 in fines.
 

Fourth-Degree Felonies

These include involuntary (negligent) manslaughter and burglary. A sentence includes up to 18 months of imprisonment and $5,000 in fines

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What a Criminal Defense Attorney Can do For You?

If this is your first time being arrested, you may wonder why every state has its own system of classifying crimes which also identifies the statutory punishments for each classification. New Mexico has three main criminal offense classifications, in order of seriousness: felonies, misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors. (See New Mexico Statutes Annotated § 30-1-6.)

You are probably worried about how this arrest will impact your life, your family, your job, and possibly your freedom. William J. Cooley can help you during this difficult time in your life.

Here is what we will do for you:

  • Investigate every detail of your case to come up with the best possible defense
  • File all motions on your behalf, including motions for bail
  • Interview all witnesses, not just who the state considers witnesses, and search for evidence that will help your case
  • Defend you as a person, not just jump to conclusions about you based on the crime you’ve been charged with
  • Prepare a careful defense and fight for you in court

Contact Criminal Lawyer William J. Cooley

Criminal convictions can haunt you for the rest of your life, so it’s likely in the best interest of your future and your freedom to get your charges reduced or completely dropped.

Don’t take a risk with your future. Get in touch with criminal defense attorney William J. Cooley at 505-247-4878.