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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in New Mexico

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in New Mexico. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in New Mexico, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in New Mexico. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
John A Mccall
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Marc A Grano
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Las Vegas, NM
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Rachel I Walker Al-Yasi
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Amber L. Weeks
Criminal Defense and Immigration Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Jerry Daniel Herrera
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Young-Jun Roh
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Santa Fe, NM
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David G Crum
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Steve Aarons
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Alamos, NM
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Jack Mkhitarian
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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Parrish Collins
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer
Albuquerque, NM
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New Mexico Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) - The New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) helps attorneys devoted to criminal justice to advance their practice. The NMCDLA advocates for for system change in the criminal justice system through partnering with coalitions and other collaborations for criminal justice reform. NMCDLA offers membership to criminal defense attorneys in private and public practice, law school students, paralegals, legal assistants, and other criminal defense team members.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

New Mexico Government and Court Resources

Court-Appointed Attorney Program of New Mexico

Court-Appointed Attorney Program of New Mexico - The Court-Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) of New Mexico was established to provide legal representation to individuals who cannot afford private attorneys. CAAP's primary duties encompass offering defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The program assigns qualified attorneys to indigent clients, ensures representation standards, and upholds constitutional rights to counsel at all stages of a criminal proceeding.

New Mexico Attorney General

New Mexico Attorney General - The New Mexico Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's duties include providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing New Mexico in legal matters, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. This office is pivotal in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

New Mexico Courts

New Mexico Courts - The New Mexico Courts, rooted in the state's multicultural heritage plays a pivotal role in the state's legal system. Established in 1912, the courts are responsible for interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. New Mexico's judiciary, deeply influenced by its Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo roots, addresses unique legal challenges related to its diverse population.

New Mexico Legislature

New Mexico Legislature - The New Mexico Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the New Mexico Senate and the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Senate has 42 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 70 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and natural resources management.

Supreme Court of New Mexico

Supreme Court of New Mexico - The Supreme Court of New Mexico is the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears diverse cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners across New Mexico. Additionally, the Supreme Court of New Mexico oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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