Like all other states, New Mexico recognizes various levels of crimes and uses a schedule to classify them based on the severity of the associated punishment. That said, all crimes fall into one of two basic categories: Misdemeanor and felony. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, though they can still carry harsh punishments. If you were charged with a misdemeanor in Albuquerque, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you better understand the severity of the charges and build a viable defense on your behalf.
Petty misdemeanors are the least severe types of crime you can commit in New Mexico. Petty misdemeanors result in little monetary loss or injury and may include the following:
- Shoplifting items with a value of less than $250
- Simple battery
- Graffiti involving property damage of less than $1,000
- Disorderly conduct
Though categorized as the least severe type of crime, a petty misdemeanor conviction may still result in up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both.
Misdemeanors involve more monetary loss or injury than petty misdemeanors but are not quite as severe as felonies. Examples of misdemeanors include the following:
- Shoplifting items with a value of less than $500 but more than $250
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
If convicted of a misdemeanor in NM, you face up to one year of jail time, a $1,000 fine or both. Some misdemeanor charges carry a minimum mandatory jail sentence. If that’s the case, you must serve the minimum. If not, however, the judge may use his or her discretion to waive jail time in exchange for a deferred sentence.
When sentencing for a misdemeanor conviction, the judge will consider several factors. Among those, he or she will take into consideration the severity of the crime, your previous criminal record, the amount of damages or severity of injuries you caused and whether or not you seem remorseful for your actions.
Contact an Albuquerque Criminal Defense Lawyer
Regardless of the charges you face, a misdemeanor is a crime and, as such, it will show up on your criminal record. A criminal record can negatively impact your life in multiple ways and long into the future. For this reason, you should not take a misdemeanor charge lightly. The team at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys At Law, PC, can inform you of the short- and long-term consequences of a conviction and help you explore your defense options. Contact our team today to learn more (505) 998-6600.