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Albuquerque Criminal Lawyer Blog

Domestic Violence Charges Challenging for Military Personnel

The incidence of domestic violence in the military has been so high that the Department of Defense has made special and concerted efforts to address this problem over the span of years. Rates of domestic violence are far higher among military families than among members of the general population. PTSD Common Element in Military Domestic…

Early DWI Case Deadlines and Consequences for Missing Them

To get started, you should understand that there are many important deadlines that will come up during your DWI case. Many of these will come up during the DWI criminal process. Your attorney will handle these deadlines. The deadlines that you really need to be aware of are the deadlines that may come and go…

Breath Test Admissability Requirements in New Mexico

There are fairly basic requirements for admission of the breath alcohol score into evidence at trial.  However, these basic rules are on occasion violated by the officer. In case of violation of the rules, the breath test score will not be allowed in court.  This does not necessarily mean the case is dismissed which will…

Highway Peril: Beware of Civil Asset Seizure

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!

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

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

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!

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

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…