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Warrant to Search Everyone on Premises Generally Invalid in New Mexico

July 12, 2013, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals case State v. Light presents an important criminal law issue concerning illegal search and seizure. The Court had to determine whether the district court erred when it determined that a warrant was “impermissibly broad” in allowing police officers to search “all persons” who were located on specific premises. In […]


Travel Restrictions in New Mexico Criminal Cases Not Always Necessary

January 4, 2012, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Travel restrictions are a standard condition of release in criminal cases. Travel restrictions are often imposed on defendants even in minor misdemeanor cases. These restrictions are often routinely set as a condition of release even when there is no need for them. In some cases, restrictions on travel can have very harmful and unnecessary consequences […]


Alcohol, Stress and Emotions Can be a Costly Mix During the Holidays

December 20, 2011, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

There a variety of factors that come together during the holidays that far too often end with trip to jail and a journey through the courts. Sadly, the holiday season brings with it a significant increase in incidents of domestic violence. One need not look far to figure out the causes for this. Alcohol is […]


Conditions of Release on Domestic Violence Charges in Albuquerque

September 26, 2009, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

On every criminal charge filed in Albuquerque or anywhere else in New Mexico for that matter, an Order Setting Conditions of Release will be issued. The Order is pretty standard for the most part. The Order will prohibit the possession or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, the violation of any laws while out on […]



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