People who live in New Mexico and find themselves facing serious criminal allegations can understandably find this type of situation scary and uncertain. However, it is important to remember that the laws in the state and the United States require that all people have the opportunity to appropriately defend themselves against any type of criminal charge. An arrest and even an indictment is by no means a guarantee that a defendant will be found guilty of any charge or forced to endure any criminal penalties.
Opiate addiction is a serious problem all over the United States. Along with the impact that it has on the user, it can also greatly impact families as they watch their loved one succumb to the effects of addiction. Even when families suspect a problem, it can be hard to pin down opiate addiction, especially during the earliest stages. In this case, the Mayo Clinic offers the following signs to look out for. That way you can rest assured that your family member gets the help he needs as soon as possible.
When most New Mexico residents hear about someone who is arrested on DUI charges, they assume alcohol is involved. However, you and others may be interested to learn that a DUI doesn’t always mean drunk driving. DUI means “driving under the influence” of drugs or alcohol, after all. You may be surprised to find out that you can face charges for driving after taking a perfectly legal prescription, or even an over-the-counter, medication.
The opioid crisis has hit every state in the country. It is a terrible public health crisis that authorities have a hard time controlling. There are families across New Mexico that have been touched by this crisis. You may wonder how the state stacks up to the rest of the nation and how hard opioids have hit it.
Most people in New Mexico are aware that law enforcement officers routinely use breath test devices to detect alcohol in a driver's system and to measure the amount of alcohol found. This measurement is based on parts per thousand. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is said to be far less concentrated than alcohol making detection by breath extremely difficult if not impossible. One company from California appears to be on a mission to make this possible.
People in Roswell will often roll their eyes at the "wrong place, wrong time" defense. For them, the idea of you innocently walking into a situation where criminal activity may have been occurring may just seem too far-fetched. Yet you might be surprised at just how many of the clients that we here at the Sanders Law Firm have worked with have found themselves in such scenarios. Often, whatever criminal issues they face have less to do with what they may have been doing where they were arrested than the fact that they were there at all.
As a whole, the nation has seen a gradual change in the ways it views certain illegal substances. Perhaps reaching the biggest spotlight, marijuana has been the focal topic of debate in recent years. While some New Mexico residents fear a costly fee or even time behind bars, laws in the state appear to be shifting.