Domestic Violence Has Life-Long Consequences

There are many different types of domestic violence cases, but they all have one fact in common: The accused is charged with violence or threats against someone with whom they have or had a personal ongoing relationship.

In some of these cases, complicated dynamics exist that make the cases difficult for the prosecution to prove. Often the alleged victim does not wish to testify. Sometimes there are contradictory statements given by the alleged victim and/or there is a lack of any physical evidence to verify the alleged victim's story.

The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can last a lifetime. Beyond the usual punishments that can include jail or prison time, a person convicted of domestic violence can lose their right to carry a firearm for life, and there can be immigration consequences for non-citizens.

A domestic violence case needs immediate attention from a criminal defense lawyer. Call McGraw & Strickland, LLC, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at 575-567-3107 to learn how we can help.

Several things should get done right away including, dealing with bond/arrest issues, speaking to witnesses while the incident is still fresh in their memory, and documenting wounds to the person accused. Evidence not recorded quickly may disappear forever.

Below is a list of the various domestic violence charges in New Mexico and the maximum jail/prison time for the charge.

Assault against a household member6 months
Aggravated assault against a household member18 months
Assault against a household member with intent to commit a violent felony3 years
Battery against a household member364 days
Aggravated battery against a household member (not likely to cause death or great bodily harm)364 days
Aggravated battery (causing or likely to cause death or great bodily harm)3 years
Multiple convictions of battery or aggravated battery against a household member

2 – 3 convictions = 18 months

4+ convictions = 3 years

Criminal damage to the property of household member

Damage less than or equal to $1,000 = 18 months

Damage more than $1,000 = 3 years


First degree = 18 years

Second degree = 9 years

False imprisonment18 months

The defense attorneys at McGraw & Strickland, LLC, have successfully litigated many domestic violence cases and are here to assist you. Call us at 575-567-3107 or contact us online.