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Attorney Cynthia Payne

Cynthia Payne, Albuquerque Criminal Defense Attorney

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Get to Know Cynthia

A Commitment to New Mexico

I grew up in New Mexico, graduating from Sandia High School and the University of New Mexico. When I chose to pursue law, I knew it would be here in my home state. I went to UNM’s School of Law so I could immerse myself in New Mexico’s courts and legal practices from the beginning. I believe New Mexico is the most beautiful and diverse state in the country. Our incredibly unique culture gives rise to fascinating people and challenges that I love solving. Family and friends are integral to my life and I am lucky to have almost all of my immediate family close to me in Albuquerque. My three dogs keep me active and you’ll always find my youngest dog, Scout, at the office with me putting a smile on everyone’s face. I have played tennis and golf for over 40 years and the discipline and drive that allow me to prevail in those arenas are also seen in the determination I bring to representing clients and achieving spectacular results for them.

Meet Cynthia

Cynthia Payne joined New Mexico Legal Group in 2005, already established as a top-level trial attorney in New Mexico. While employed by the State of New Mexico, Ms. Payne engaged in and supervised a complex litigation practice spanning a ten-year period. She is admitted in all New Mexico courts and is available statewide for the defense of all misdemeanor and felony cases. She is a member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, has presented numerous times at continuing legal education seminars, and has served on a number of rules committees for the New Mexico Supreme Court.

As a highly experienced expert with decades of successful cases under her belt, she is happy to work across our many NM offices in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho. She is often most stationed in Albuquerque.

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DUI I first sat down with Cynthia and explained everything. She gave me the most honest information and details to the outcomes and options that I have. In court, Ms. Payne fought for me wholeheartedly and spoke to the judge with upmost respect. The outcome, my case was dismissed. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Ms. Payne is utterly the best without any exception! Thank you.
Excellent Attorney Cynthia and Jessica were very helpful throughout the whole process. My case eventually got dismissed because of all their hard work. I would definitely recommend Cynthia to anyone who needs an attorney!
DUI I hired Cynthia Payne because she was genuine when she sat down with me and explained what she exactly did for the client. I was considering to get a public defender but Cynthia explained the difference between a public defender and an attorney, keep in mind she was never bias. She gave me the comfort to make my decision understanding that an attorney could be expensive but I did not mind. Before even hiring her she went ahead and told me how my case looked which was nice to see where I stood at the moment. The case went on for around 7 months Cynthia did interviews with client and officers, she researched the video tape and audio, she investigated the case, most importantly she always kept me up to date with what was happening and what to expect. Jessica was amazing as well l, both of them were available whenever I had a question or concern. They didn’t hesitate to answer any question. It was nice that Cynthia took my personal life into consideration giving me the comfort of support. Cynthia made sure that any communication or any terminology that was being used was always communicated properly to me. I was never lost or confused in the case which made everything very easy flowing. I am happy to have Cynthia represent me.
Excellent Outcome I hired Cynthia to represent me in the first-ever arrest in my life for DWI, and she prevailed in court to the point of having my case dismissed. She was able to answer my questions and allay my fears. I am beyond grateful for her legal expertise and ability in the courtroom.
Highly Recommend When I went to Cynthia and Jessica to take on my DUI case, what I liked most is that they assured me that my life is not over, and that they will take care of everything. I was a complete nervous wreck and Cynthia made me feel really optimistic about my case, and she even put together a case binder to give me. There were a lot of variables in my case with me being from out-of-state and then eventually moving to another state, but Jessica kept me updated on everything and eventually Cynthia even got my cased dismissed. I really was able to put this all in the back of my mind and continue my life, and like Cynthia said, it all worked out in the end. I really think Cynthia is worth the price for the peace of mind itself, let alone the amazing work her and Jessica do.