Even though domestic violence charges are considered petty misdemeanors, they can seriously impact your family and your future. If you are facing domestic violence charges, get the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney from Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is an umbrella term for a wide array of patterns of behavior and acts—e.g., physical, emotional and/or psychological abuse—against household members. According to New Mexico Statutes, a household member may be:
- Current or former spouse
- Current or former step-parent
- Current or former in-law
Household members do not actually have to share a household.
What You Should Know about Domestic Violence in Albuquerque
Statistically, New Mexico is experiencing an “epidemic” of domestic violence. In an attempt to reduce crimes against household members, New Mexico has instituted very stringent laws, including a mandatory charge. In other words, if the police are called to a site because of alleged domestic violence incident, someone must be arrested and charged. Unfortunately, that means that some people facing domestic violence charges may have been wrongly arrested and accused.
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The lawyers at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates have over two decades of experience with domestic violence cases and will work hard to keep your record clean.
At Patrick J. Martinez & Associates, we do everything we can to get your charges dismissed or reduced. We strive to get first offenders with no criminal record into the Early Intervention Program, yet we are always ready to proceed to trial with a strong defense case.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your options in the face of domestic violence charges.