Facing criminal charges is among the most, if not the most, stressful situation that a person can face. The entire process from beginning to end can be confusing and frustrating.
Selection of an Attorney is an Important Decision
The Albuquerque criminal defense attorneys at Collins & Collins, P.C. pride ourselves on the strictest professional standards and excellence in representation of our clients. We believe that every case from the simplest misdemeanor to the most serious felonies deserve the utmost attention and care.
We recognize that being charged with a crime is very stressful to the accused and his or her family, and that the selection of a criminal lawyer is a very personal and sometimes difficult decision. We appreciate the confidence that clients place in our firm and do our best to maintain that trust and confidence.
The Criminal Defense Process
The criminal defense process can be a byzantine maze of confusion for a person charged with a crime. There are many variables that are dependent upon the charges, the seriousness of the charges, the court, the judge and other factors. It is very important to understand these variables for an effective defense of the charges.
The criminal defense process will depend on the type and seriousness of the crime or crimes that have been charged. The process differs significantly between misdemeanor and felony cases.
The court in which the charges are first filed may also dictate the early processes of a case. For example, the felony charging process may differ considerably between Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) and Sandoval County (Rio Rancho).
Finally, there are many very important deadlines in a criminal case. These deadlines will differ again by the type and seriousness of the crime or crimes charged. Likewise, the deadlines may be interpreted and enforced somewhat differently by different judges.
It is important to know the different processes for the different courts, crimes and judges. Understanding the deadlines and their differing applications for for different crimes, courts and judges is extremely important since these deadlines often offer the greatest line of defense in a criminal case.
Communication with Your Attorney is Important
It is extremely important that you and your attorney discuss these issues so that you understand what lies ahead in your case. Just as importantly, you are a very important member of the defense team.
As such, it is important that you actively participate in your defense. This means communicating with your attorney at all important phases throughout your case.
Criminal Defense Practice in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Courts
Our Albuquerque based attorneys represent clients primarily in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Our attorneys handle criminal defense matters spanning all levels of misdemeanor and felony cases in state, metropolitan, municipal and magistrate courts.
Our cases include a wide range of charges including: DWI, drug offenses, violent crimes, property crimes, fraud and many other charges. Each of these has numerous subcategories. For instance:
1. DWI also covers the issue of DUI which is becoming more and more prominent with charges for driving while under the influence of marijuana or other illegal drugs. It is also includes the growing trend toward DUI charges for the use of prescription drugs.
2. Violent crimes would include all forms of violence toward another such as assault and battery from the mild to the severe and life threatening. The most commonly charged violent crime in the New Mexico Courts is domestic violence with which our attorneys have significant defense experience.
3. Property crimes cover a lot of ground. They would include theft, larceny, burglary, and other such crimes. They also include crimes such charges as embezzlement and fraud.
4. Crimes of fraud and dishonesty, like property crimes, are wide in scope. They are often charged with property crimes but may be charged in combination with other crimes or alone. A few common examples include forgery, prescription drug fraud, concealing ID and other such commonly charged crimes.
Do Not Delay – Deadlines are Running
It is important that you do not delay in obtaining legal representation in your case. As stated, there are very important deadlines. These deadlines alone can be confusing with different deadlines commencing at different points in the process.
However, what does not differ between the various deadlines is that missing one could seriously jeopardize opportunities for the defense of your charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can explain these deadlines and how they affect your defense.
To get you started on the right path, Collins & Collins offers a free initial consultation. You should immediately contact the New Mexico Public Defender where there are many highly qualified and passionate attorneys there to assist you.