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Search and Seizure Rights – Who Can Assert Them?

The New Mexico Court of Appeals addressed an interesting search and seizure issue in the case of State v. Silvas. The case dealt with a couple of other issues but the threshold issue was the 4th Amendment argument made by the defendant for pretextual car stop. Interestingly, the pretextual stop did not involve the defendant…

New Lower DWI Standards Proposed Better Than No Standards at All

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently recommended, among their additional recommendations to curb impaired driving, that the legal limits for DWI be lowered from .08 to .05. There is very good recent article on the pros and cons of such a move in the Chicago Tribune. The article cites a number of studies…

Expert Testimony on Drug Quantities: Possesion v. Trafficking

The New Mexico Court of Appeals case of State v. Rael-Gallegos deals with an important criminal law issue concerning trafficking by possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The Court had to determine when there‘s sufficient evidence to support this charge. More specifically, the court addressed two issues: 1) whether there was sufficient evidence…

Possible Criminal Liability for Medical Negligence in New Mexico

In New Mexico, there are some acts of medical negligence that are so egregious they give rise to criminal charges. The New Mexico Court of Appeals recently took up such a case in State v. Muraida. The case is interesting on a number of levels. However, the Court‘s opinion was grounded in evidentiary and procedural…

Revoked License Provides Reasonable Suspicion for Traffic Stop in New Mexico

The New Mexico Court of Appeals case of State v. Hicks deals with a significant criminal law issue of when a police officer has reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle. Reasonable suspicion in a traffic stop protects against illegal search and seizure most often associated with profiling. Likewise, it is important in the defense of…

Defense Expert Testimony on Reliability of Intoxilyzer Allowed in New Mexico

The New Mexico Court of Appeals case of State v. King concerns the use of expert testimony in New Mexico DWI cases. The Court had to determine whether a defendant should be permitted to present expert scientific testimony related to the general reliability and accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine which is used to determine…

Character Evidence and Self-Defense in New Mexico

In criminal cases involving acts of violence, self-defense is often asserted as a defense. In support of that defense, the defendant will often try to show that the alleged victim was the aggressor. To do this, the defendant will attempt to show that the alleged victim was known for violence. This evidence raises important evidentiary…

Video Testimony and Confrontation Rights in New Mexico

The 6th Amendment allows for confrontation of witnesses in criminal trial is extremely important to defendants in criminal cases. The rise of video technology has given rise to issues regarding confrontation rights and remote video testimony. The New Mexico Court of Appeals case State v. Smith addresses just that issue. Specifically, the Court of Appeals…

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