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Drug Crimes in New Mexico
Possessing, distributing, or trafficking drugs in New Mexico is a severe crime, punishable by expensive fines, mandatory rehab, and lengthy prison sentences. Additionally, any kind of drug conviction will result in the inability to get student loans at the federal, state and local level. If you are facing a drug charge in New Mexico, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
Attorney Rachel Walker has years of experience helping clients avoid the full wrath of the state’s penal code, and she wants to do the same for you. Remember that a charge is not a conviction and you can still take steps to protect your future. Contact our law office in New Mexico to schedule a free consultation and get started on your criminal defense today!
Drug Crime Penalties in New Mexico
Criminal sentencing for drug crimes in New Mexico depends on the type of drug, the quantity, and your past criminal record.
Possession of Marijuana
For starters, possession of marijuana has a separate category under state law. The charge classification and possible criminal sentencing depend on the total weight of marijuana you possess. Possession of one ounce or less is a petty misdemeanor. First-time offenders face fines up to $100 fine and 15 days in jail. Possession between one and eight ounces is a misdemeanor with a possible punishment of up to a year in prison and a $1,000 criminal fine. More than eight ounces of marijuana could land you with a fourth-degree felony and possibly 18 months in prison.
Other Drug Possession Penalties in New Mexico
All other drug offenses that aren’t related to marijuana can result in more severe penalties. The New Mexico Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs as either Schedule I or Schedule II. This law applies to opiates, opium derivatives, stimulants, hallucinogenic substances, PCP, heroin, crack cocaine, and others.
Possession of any Schedule I or II drug is a fourth-degree felony with up to a $5,000 criminal fine and 18-months in prison.
In New Mexico, drug trafficking is the cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, or distribution, of illegal drugs. It is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of nine years for a first-time offense. A second offense can result in a total of 18 years in prison. Moreover, drug trafficking in designated drug-free areas (including parks, schools, daycares) or involving transactions with a minor are subject to enhanced criminal sentencing.
Law Office of Attorney Rachel Walker serves clients in New Mexico.
If you are facing drug crime charges in New Mexico, your future may be in jeopardy. Lengthy prison sentencing and criminal fines are reason enough to want to avoid the full wrath of the state’s justice system. Moreover, the stigma of a criminal record can lead to long-term economic and social problems, like limiting your ability to find a job or getting a degree. In fact, a criminal conviction for a drug crime can inhibit your ability to get student loans.
Don’t let your criminal charge turn into a conviction. Contact the Law Office of Attorney Rachel Walker in New Mexico and get started on your case today. Attorney Walker has years of experience handling all levels of drug offenses and provides clients with zealous representation. Call today to schedule a free consultation.