Notable Cases

Tommy N. – Tommy was indicted on Murder in the First Degree and ten other felony counts. Mr. Valdez worked closely with the assigned prosecutor on extensive pre-trial investigation of the crime scene and witness interviews. Eventually, the prosecutor refused to prosecute Tommy. A new prosecutor was assigned, and extensive plea negotiations ensued. Mr. Valdez convinced the new prosecutor to dismiss all homicide related charges and Tommy was released from jail with six months probation on a non homicide charge of tampering with evidence.

Roxanne Y. – Charged with Vehicular Homicide in the death of her boyfriend, Roxanne endured one trial with her first attorney which resulted in a 6-6 hung jury. Mr. Valdez represented her in the retrial which resulted in the jury returning not-guilty verdicts on all counts.

Gerald G. – Gerald, a man intensely interested in local politics, was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department and charged with Stalking. The alleged victim was Margaret Chavez de Aragon, the wife of Marty Chavez, the Mayor of Albuquerque. Despite the testimony of Mayor Chavez, his wife and several APD Officers, Gerald was acquitted by a jury after less than 30 minutes of deliberations.

Christopher C. – Chris was indicted on charges of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon causing Great Bodily Harm for shooting a would-be carjacker. Not only was Mr. Valdez able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges; but he was also able to persuade Christopher’s auto insurer to pay Chris over $200,000.00 in compensation for his costs of defense, mental anguish and other injuries.

Roger R. – Roger, a Veteran of the elite special forces was indicted for Aggravated Battery causing Great Bodily Harm. As a member of the Security Forces for the National Labs, Roger faced not only the possibility of prison, but the loss of his “Q” Security Clearance and his employment. After a 5-day jury trial, Roger was found not guilty and returned to work.

Derrick P. – Indicted on kidnapping and rape charges, a five day jury trial resulted in a mistrial. Shortly before the subsequent retrial, Mr. Valdez convinced the State prosecutors to dismiss all felony charges in exchange for a plea to misdemeanor harassment. Derrick accepted and was given one year of probation.

Desiree G. – Desiree, working as an escort, was arrested by undercover vice officers and charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana. After a two day jury trial, Desiree was acquitted. Mr. Valdez then filed a motion to have the money paid to her by the police and seized as evidence returned on the grounds that she had valid contract for services that she performed. The motion was granted and Desiree was given her $800.00 fee. Mr. Valdez then successfully represented Desiree in her suit against the police for violation of her constitutional rights.

Gabriel C. – Gabriel was indicted by the Grand Jury on 14 felony counts including 10 counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Penetration. Intensive investigation and aggressive pre-trial practice resulted in the dismissal of the entire indictment after it was proven to the Judge that witnesses lied to the grand jury and withheld an exculpatory video tape during the grand jury proceedings.

Paul L. – Paul was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon causing Great Bodily Harm and other felony charges for his role in a family feud that resulted in a shoot-out between Paul, his father and two brothers on a dirt road in Northern New Mexico. Paul was acquitted of all charges by a Taos, New Mexico Jury after a five day trial.

Robin N. – Robin, a female employee of a New Mexico correctional facility, was charged with rape of an inmate, a second degree felony. Despite the testimony of several police officers and two supposed “eye-witnesses” who worked as guards at the prison, Robin was acquitted after a jury trial.

Jeremy H. – Jeremy, a standout-high school athlete and a Navajo Tribal Member raised in the heart of the Navajo Nation, was indicted on ten felony counts including 2 counts of kidnapping and 4 counts of rape in the alleged abduction of his girlfriend and their child. The story was sensationalized by the local media and the “man-hunt” covered Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Jeremy was acquitted of all counts but a single count of negligent child abuse. Despite an initial possible sentence of over 100 years, Jeremy was given probation.

C.S. – C.S., a pilot with a regional airline was arrested and charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. Facing mandatory jail time and the loss of his pilot’s license, C.S. rejected a plea lesser offense of simple DWI. Following a jury trial, C.S. was acquitted after only 25 minutes of deliberations.

Yvonne M. – Yvonne, a single mother living in the so called “War Zone” of Albuquerque, was arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct and 2 counts of resisting arrest. Despite the testimony of three Albuquerque Police Officers, Yvonne was acquitted on all charges by the Jury. The City of Albuquerque settled her Civil rights lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

Adrian S. – Falsely accused of rape, kidnapping, battery and other charges, Adrian S. spent nearly two months in custody before his family found Glenn Smith Valdez. Glenn began an aggressive defense, letting the district attorney know this wasn't a lawyer, client or case that was going to "plead out." Exposing the shoddy investigation, inept police-work and inconsistencies and outright lies of the alleged victim, Glenn convinced the prosecutor to agree to a reduced bond, securing Adrian's release. Two days before trial, with the case in tatters, the prosecutor did the right and honorable thing - she dismissed all charges.

Albuquerque Criminal Lawyer

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Albuquerque Criminal Lawyer Glenn Smith Valdez is an aggressive and experienced New Mexico criminal defense attorney and a veteran trial lawyer relied upon by defendants across New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Glenn Smith Valdez is a powerful voice in the courtroom, where he fights tirelessly for the rights of clients facing all types of criminal charges in New Mexico, including murder, robbery, rape, assault, drug charges, sex crimes and domestic violence.

A proud member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Glenn Smith Valdez is trusted by clients to bring tough, experienced and aggressive representation into the negotiating room… and into the courtroom.

For more than 20 years, Glenn Smith Valdez has focused exclusively on providing high-powered legal representation to criminal defendants – securing freedom and independence for hundreds of clients facing serious criminal charges throughout the Albuquerque area.

If you have been charged with a crime, don’t wait. Contact Albuquerque criminal attorney Glenn Smith Valdez for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Just because you are charged with a crime, doesn’t mean you will be convicted of a crime. Having a seasoned defense attorney by your side from the early stages of your case can make a big difference in the outcome, and can even keep a criminal conviction from ever appearing on your record.

Any lawyer can be hired to settle a case. And Glenn Smith Valdez likes to settle - for "not guilty" at trial or "case dismissed" by prosecutors who know what a veteran Albuquerque defense attorney will do to their case in a courtroom.

And hiring a veteran trial lawyer will put prosecutors on notice that you intend to fight for your rights, will provide your defense time to build a strong case for trial, and can strengthen your ability to negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

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And the courtroom is where Glenn Smith Valdez belongs.

Named to the Top 100 trial lawyers in the State of New Mexico by the American Trial Lawyers Association, Glenn Smith Valdez has also been recognized by his fellow attorneys with a Martindale-Hubbell BV rating (for high to very high legal abilities and very high ethical standards).

For over a 2 decades, Glenn Smith Valdez has built a reputation as one of the leading Albuquerque criminal attorneys , handling traffic offenses like DWI and vehicular homicide, as well as other traffic and misdemeanor offenses throughout the Albuquerque area, including Valencia County, Cibola County, Socorro County and Sandoval County.

If you have been charged with a crime in Albuquerque or the surrounding area, contact Glenn Smith Valdez today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

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