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New Mexico Sex Crimes Attorney

Sex Offense Laws in New Mexico

Being arrested or facing allegations of sex crimes can be scary and devastating. There may be a rush to judgment prior to you having an opportunity to plead your innocence in court. We believe that everyone deserves to have an attorney on their side to protect them and fight for their rights. The attorneys at New Mexico Legal Group have handled over 5,000 criminal law cases and can use that expertise to help you.

New Mexico Indecent Exposure Statutes

Indecent exposure is exposing genitals to the public. Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor that carries a punishment of 6 months to 1 year in jail, fines, participation in mandatory counseling, and probation. Aggravated indecent exposure is exposing genitals in public with the intent to threaten and intimate someone. Aggravated indecent exposure is a fourth-degree felony that could lead to an 18-month prison term.


Criminal sexual activity is forcing or coercing someone to participate in sexual intercourse against their will. Rape and sexual assault involve penetration of the person’s body with genitalia or an object. Rape is a felony offense with punishments that range from 18 months to 9 years in prison. Rape committed with the intent to kill someone is a first-degree offense with a maximum 18 years prison sentence.

Child Molestation

Sexual conduct with a minor is illegal. Intentionally touching a child in a sexual manner or forcing a child to touch a person’s sexual body parts constitutes criminal sexual contact of a minor. The severity of the punishment depends on the child’s age, if the application of force or coercion resulted in physical harm to the child, and if a deadly weapon was used. These criminal offenses are felonies that can range from 18 months to 9 years in prison.


Prostitution is engaging in sexual activities for payment. Prostitution is a petty misdemeanor with a punishment of up to 6 months in prison and a fine. The criminal punishments are harsher for repeat offenders.

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