If a friend, partner or loved one accuses you of acting violently or aggressively toward him or her, the state may charge you with domestic violence. New Mexico takes a harsh stance against domestic abuse and a conviction can mean a damaged reputation, grim future and lost relationships. The lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, have seen, first hand, the type of harm that comes with a domestic violence conviction and fights on behalf of defendants to ensure they do not have to endure the life-long consequences of a guilty verdict.
Legal Ramifications of a Domestic Violence Conviction in NM
Domestic violence is essentially a form of assault and battery. However, the law differentiates between the two crimes based on who the victim of the violent act or actions is. According to New Mexico law, domestic violence is the abuse committed between household or family members, including parents, current or former spouses, significant others, co-parents, grandparents and stepchildren. If the state finds you guilty of abuse toward a household or family member, you face the following penalties:
- Up to one year in jail for a misdemeanor crime
- Up to 18 months in prison for a 4th degree felony conviction
- Up to three years in prison for a 3rd degree felony conviction
- Steep monetary fines
- Court-ordered domestic violence counseling and/or anger management courses
In addition to the legal consequences of a conviction, you will also have to live with the long-term costs. Those may include damaged relationships, tarnished reputation, inability to obtain child custody and inability to obtain gainful employment.
Retain the Help of a Skilled Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Though the U.S. Constitution states that you are innocent until proven guilty, it is not uncommon for jurors and judges to demonstrate a bias that is in favor of victims. Because of this, you may have a hard time convincing deciding parties of your innocence. The legal team at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys at Law, PC, has extensive experience in this particular field and know how judges and jurors think in domestic violence cases. We will use our experience and knowledge to build a strong defense and relentlessly pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf. For the hard-hitting representation you need and deserve, contact our Albuquerque criminal defense law firm today.