Many people make a critical mistake when charged with a misdemeanor crime in New Mexico: They underestimate the penalty and long-term repercussions of a misdemeanor offense and they fail to hire an Albuquerque defense attorney to protect their rights.
Often, a defendant facing a misdemeanor charge has never been in trouble with the law and has no experienced in dealing with the legal system. Glenn Smith Valdez is a veteran Albuquerque criminal defense lawyer who works with clients to make sure they understand their rights throughout the legal process.
Many misdemeanor charges carry serious penalties in New Mexico, including up to a year in jail and probation. Failing to adhere to the restrictions of court supervision, including probation, can have serious consequences.
Defendants who have not yet been arraigned may be able to waive the arraignment and avoid the court appearance. An attorney experienced in handling misdemeanor charges in Albuquerque can also make other legal moves to protect your rights early in a case – for instance, you also have just 10 days after arraignment to meet with your attorney and decide whether to move to excuse the judge who will hear your case.
Examples of Albuquerque misdemeanor charges include:
- Domestic Violence
- Petty theft
- Possession of marijuana
- Public Intoxication
- Disorderly Conduct
- Resisting arrest
- Negligent use of a firearm
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime in Albuquerque or the surrounding area, --including Valencia County, Cibola County, Socorro County and Sandoval County—contact Albuquerque Criminal Defense Attorney Glenn Smith Valdez today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.
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