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Felonies in New Mexico

New Mexico law broadly classifies crimes into two groups: Felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, often punishable by a fine, probation or a short stint in jail. Felonies, on the other hand, are punishable by at least one year in prison. Felonies are further broken down into capital felonies (which are the most serious murder-related crimes), first degree felonies, second degree felonies, third degree felonies and fourth degree felonies. You should contact a felony defense attorney as soon as possible if:

  • Law enforcement officers have asked you to come in for questioning
  • You think you are about to be arrested for having committed a felony
  • You've been indicted or charged with a felony crime

Possible Sentences if Convicted of a Felony

If you are found guilty of having committed a felony crime, you face the following penalties under New Mexico criminal laws:

  • Capital felonies: Life in prison
  • First degree felonies: Up to 18 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines
  • Second degree felonies: Up to nine years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Third degree felonies: Up to three years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines
  • Fourth degree felonies: Up to 18 months in prison and up to $5,000 in fines

Certain first, second and third degree felony crimes have the possibility of stiffer punishments. For example, second degree murder is actually punishable by a fine of up to $12,500 and up to 15 years in prison.

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