Domestic violence charges are particularly hard to deal with since they involve family members and people you have close relationships with. These types of charges can take an emotional toll on the entire family. When you are facing prosecution, you risk developing a criminal record that will adversely affect your life in many ways. New Mexico Legal Group has spent years representing people accused of domestic violence. We understand what you are going through and will aggressively defend you against the charges.
New Mexico Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence situations often involve assault and battery against a member of the household. An assault consists of engaging in conduct that causes the victim to feel threatened or apprehensive about being immediately harmed. Battery is unlawfully touching the victim in an offensive or harmful manner. Aggravated battery is unlawfully touching the victim with the intent to cause serious physical injury.
New Mexico Domestic Violence Punishments
Factors that affect the punishment imposed in domestic violence cases are the extent of the injury caused to the victim, the events that occurred, and if the offender has previous criminal convictions. Some of the criminal penalties for domestic violence are:
- Mandatory domestic violence or anger management counseling
- Monetary fines
- Up to 6 months in jail for a petty misdemeanor
- Up to 1 year in jail for a full misdemeanor
- Up to 18 months in prison for a fourth degree felony
- Up to 3 years in prison for a third degree felony
Domestic Violence Defenses
Domestic violence cases are amongst the hardest for prosecutors to litigate due to the personal nature of the relationship between the victim and the accused. Often times, the victim may not want to cooperate or testify. Sometimes the victim’s statements are contradictory or difficult to verify. There are also instances when the allegations are completely false. If the incident is not reported right away, there may be a lack of evidence to prove that the accused committed a crime.
Contact an Albuquerque Domestic Violence Attorney
Contact our legal staff at (505) 843-7303 if you are currently dealing with domestic violence charges. We service clients in the cities of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and other cities in New Mexico. We provide free confidential consultations. We will review your case, explain your legal options, and advise of the best way to approach the case.