Tucumcari, NM asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for New Mexico

Q: Firstdegreemurder (wilful& deliberate) 30-2-1(A)(1)FC and.30-31-23(A)&(F) possession of a controlled substance F4

But it was an accidental shooting is there anyway of helping this person receive a more lenient sentence?

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Stephen Aarons
Stephen Aarons
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Licensed in New Mexico

A: Yes, hiring an experienced defense lawyer to take this to trial. First degree murder carries a minimum of 30 years with no good time, and even after 30 years very few convicted murderers ever get released on parole. By contrast, an accidental shooting with a firearm enhancement carries one to seven years with that sentence reduced by good time. So the sentence really depends on which level of homicide is stated in the conviction.

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