What Common Types Of Crimes Do You Handle?
The most common crimes are probably drug crimes and next would be robberies and larceny crimes involving burglaries. Those are the most common offenses, although right behind those are physical crimes like assault and battery; in some states, an assault involves actual touching, but in New Mexico, it isn’t; an assault can be a threat, and that is probably the third-largest category. We also handle white collar crimes like embezzlement and forgery.
Do You Handle Cases involving Weapons?
Weapons are a joint jurisdiction with the federal government and often, the feds will come in and take them away from the state, but that’s no problem because I also handle federal cases. We handle weapons charges, like a felon in possession; that’s the most common weapons charge, in which a convicted felon who has already been convicted gets a gun. We also handle criminal sexual conduct or sex crimes and DUIs; most of those, about 95 percent, are misdemeanors, but some can be felonies.
What Human Insight Have you Gained from Working with People Charged with a Crime?
Being a criminal defense attorney gives me an interesting perspective on the human psyche; you see all types of people and it’s hard to pigeonhole anyone; some people are clueless cucumbers and some are nervous nellies. Most people are really nervous when they break the law, but a good number are pretty casual about it. One of the things about people is that, hopefully, you want people to be right in the middle of the bell curve and get a normal level of reaction, but you do get people who either don’t really care that much about the deal apart from how they can get off and other ones who practically have a nervous breakdown. The answer is, you get a full range of reactions when people break the law from cool to near-nervous breakdowns that require a lot of handling on our side.
How Public Will My Situation Be If I’m Arrested for a Crime?
We run into that situation when we deal with people who are quasi- or full blown professionals, like nurses and doctors and there are teachers who are really concerned about the publicity and whether it will get back to their employer and cost them their jobs. There are some ways we can mitigate that and for certain occupations, we try to keep it out of the newspapers or schedule hearings when no one will be there and try to get it done with the least publicity possible, but it does happen quite a bit with professional people.
Should I Ever Plead Guilty And Expect Mercy from the Court?
Very few defense attorneys will tell you to throw in the towel because we know that there is a wide range of punishments and just because you think you’re guilty of something doesn’t mean you are technically guilty. As a general rule, you don’t want to rush to resolve these things; you need someone to analyze all of the facts and see exactly what you’re guilty of, if anything, and then you need to see which route will draw the least amount of time or punishment.
I hear that all the time, “I’m guilty,” but you should leave it to us to determine what you’re guilty of. You think you might be guilty of something when, in reality, you’re not. They might have mischarged it; it’s not quite as simple as just saying you’re guilty.
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