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Highway Peril: Beware of Civil Asset Seizure

December 26, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Travel comes with a few risks.  Most of these are well known and relate to safety.  Most travelers routinely prepare of these prior to any extended trip. Aside from the normal precautions that you may need to take when going on a road trip, consider also taking precautions for a less widely known hazard of road trip […]


DWI During the Holidays – It’s Not Worth It!

December 1, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The holiday season comes with a lot of celebration.  Much of it includes alcohol. It also includes bouncing from one get together to the next, whether it be with friends, family, work or business associates. This means there are numerous temptations to drive after having consumed alcohol.   It goes without saying that this is bad […]


Yes, Decriminalization of Marijuana is on Albuquerque Ballot

October 18, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The marijuana decriminalization item did get on the ballot in Albuquerque.  There has been some confusion on this matter due to the history, albeit brief, of the item. As many know, there was a pretty strong push to get a ballot measure on the ballot by way of petition.  The petition fell short of the […]


Reefer Madness Lives Despite Clear Realities

August 27, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

A recent survey by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment found that cannabis use among high-school students decreased in 2013 from 2011.  What happened in the interim to cause this drop? Who knows?  But one might safely conclude that legalization of marijuana did not turn Colorado youths into a bunch of pot-crazed hooligans. […]


House Defunds DEA Medical Marijuana Raids – Progress But By No Means Enough!

May 31, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The House of Representatives voted on May 29, 2014 to defund DEA raids on medical marijuana in those states with legalized medical marijuana. This is certainly a step in the right direction. However, it is not enough.  The marijuana laws and penalties for violation remain largely unchanged. Passed with Bi-Partisan Support The amendment which would […]


Medical Marijuana Use Comes With Many Restrictions in New Mexico

May 27, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Medical marijuana is getting a lot of attention both in New Mexico and nationally.  There are now 21 states with legalized medical marijuana and 6 more with pending medical marijuana legislation.  Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana. The trend toward legalized medical marijuana is clear.  However, it is important to understand that there remains […]


Current State of Marijuana Laws in New Mexico: Many Paths to Jail Remain!

March 20, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

To begin, it is important to know that marijuana is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance under both Federal and New Mexico statutes.  Although the penalties for minor marijuana possession have been reduced over the years in New Mexico, there are still pretty serious consequences. The many remaining and serious consequences for marijuana are […]


What Happens to my Driver’s License in DWI Case in New Mexico?

March 11, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The issue of your driver’s license is among the first issues that will come up in your New Mexico DWI case. There are many important deadlines in a DWI case. Among the earliest deadlines in your DWI case involve your driver’s license. The question of what happens to your driver’s license has a couple of […]


Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana (or Other Drugs) in New Mexico

March 6, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Driving under the influence of Marijuana is treated much the same way as driving under the influence of alcohol.  However, there are some important differences in the burdens of proof necessary for a conviction. Burdens of Proof under the New Mexico Jury Instructions The standard for conviction for alcohol related DWI is “impaired to the slightest […]


Marijuana Legalization in New Mexico: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back!

February 21, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Legalization of marijuana is a very hot topic right now. Two states have legalized recreational use while 20 others have legalized medical marijuana. The majority of Americans are in favor of legalization of recreational use, while an overwhelming majority is in favor of legalization for therapeutic uses. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana […]


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