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Frequently Asked Questions about Felony Crimes

Felony Defense LawyerBelow is general information regarding felony crimes in New Mexico. For specific advice regarding felony charges you may be facing, contact felony defense attorney Dan Baca.

What Makes a Felony Crime Different from a Misdemeanor Crime?

The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor really comes down to the seriousness of the offense as defined by law. Misdemeanors refer to crimes that are punishable by up to one year in jail while felonies refer to more serious crimes that are punishable by a year or more in prison.

How are Felony Crimes Punished?

Felony crimes follow sentencing guidelines that are defined by the state of New Mexico. In addition to substantial fines and probation, felonies are punishable by the following prison terms:

  • Up to 18 months in prison for fourth degree felonies
  • Up to 3 years in prison for third degree felonies
  • Up to 9 years in prison for second degree felonies
  • 18 years to life in prison for first degree felonies (life in prison means that you must serve 30 years in prison before you are eligible for parole)

Additional penalties may apply, as well certain restriction of rights, in some circumstances. Contact felony attorney Dan Baca to better understand the potential consequences of a felony conviction.

Does a Felony Conviction affect my Right to Vote in New Mexico?

A convicted felon in New Mexico may not vote while serving his or her sentence; however, voting rights are restored once you have completed your sentence, including probation and/or parole.

Can a Felony Conviction be Expunged from my Record?

Felony convictions are rarely eligible for expungement in New Mexico; typically, a felony conviction will remain permanently on your record.

If you have been accused of a felony crime, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Attorney Dan Baca has over 20 years of experience defending the rights of the accused in New Mexico. He will help you understand the charges you face, discuss your options, protect your rights and advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact felony defense attorney Dan Baca today to schedule your free consultation.

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