Do I Need an Attorney?

1. Who needs an attorney?

Anyone charged with a felony crime

Having a felony conviction can have devastating results, affecting your rights for the rest of your life. You need to speak with an attorney who has knowledge and experience to guide you through your case.

DWI

The consequences of a DWI conviction are long lasting. You can lose your license, your vehicle and even face jail time.

MVD–You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing. If you do not do this, your license will be revoked.

Seizure — If arrested within the City of Albuquerque for a second or subsequent DWI or for driving while your license is revoked for a DWI, the vehicle you were driving may be seized. You have 10 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing.

Drug Offenses

If you or someone you love has been charged with any drug crime, you need effective legal counsel immediately. A drug conviction can long lasting effects, including your ability to attend college, enter the military, or find employment.

Misdemeanors

Some misdemeanors have far reaching effects. A conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia or possession of marijuana can make you ineligible for higher education financial aid and scholarships.

Some crimes, like shoplifting, are considered “crimes of dishonesty” and can impact you greatly.

Driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license, while only a misdemeanor, carries a possible jail sentence.

2. When to speak to an attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense can often be upsetting, but the right attorney can cut through the confusion and help you through this difficult time.

A criminal conviction will impact your life in countless ways. Having a criminal record can impact where you can work and where you can live. Most importantly, a conviction may deprive you of your liberty and freedom.

3. How to find an attorney

Referrals from those in the ‘business’
Referrals from friends or family
The New Mexico Bar association (www.nmbar.org)

4. Talking to the police officer without getting advice from an attorney first could be detrimental to your case and ultimately your rights.

Disclaimer– the following is for informational purposes only and does NOT constitute legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult a qualified attorney to discuss your particular matter.