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New Mexico Theft Crimes

New Mexico Theft Crimes

Theft is the illegal act of taking someone’s property without consent. Different types of theft crimes include identity theft, auto theft, and burglary. The seriousness of the offense and the penalties are affected by the value of the property taken, if any other criminal offenses occurred in order to execute the theft, and if the use of deadly weapons or force was used. The attorneys at New Mexico Legal Group understand the seriousness of the charges. If you are accused of committing a theft crime, we can explain your legal options and guide you through the court process.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is the use of someone’s identity in order to get money, products, or services. Identity theft happens when personal identifying information such as a credit card number, social security number, contact information or financial information is stolen. After personal information is retrieved, it can be used to open new credit cards accounts, receive medical services and to obtain personal loans. Serving prison time, paying fines, and probation are some of the punishments associated with identity theft.

Auto Theft

Auto theft is unlawfully taking someone’s vehicle. The punishments for auto theft are harsher for repeat offenders. Some of the punishments for auto theft are:

  • Maximum 18 month prison sentence for a first time offender
  • Maximum 3 years prison sentence for second time offender
  • Maximum 9 years prison sentence for third time offenders


Burglary is breaking and entering into a residence or dwelling with the intent to commit a criminal offense. If someone is murdered during the burglary, it will be classified as felony murder.

Defenses to Theft Crimes

While defending theft crime cases, we utilize our investigative skills to review testimony from witness, police officers, and other parties involved in the case. We aggressively fight against the prosecutor’s case. Some of our defenses include asserting the client’s innocence. We also communicate to the court the inability of the prosecutor to present a strong enough case to get a guilty verdict.

Consult with a New Mexico Theft Crimes Defense Attorney

Set up a free consultation in our Rio Rancho or Albuquerque office by calling (505) 843-7303. It is essential not to underestimate the importance of having experienced New Mexico criminal defense attorneys working on the case and protecting your rights.

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