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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: Can I use martial arts on the street to defend myself if attacked in new Mexico?
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answered on Apr 17, 2024

In New Mexico, you have the right to defend yourself if you are attacked, but there are important legal considerations to keep in mind:

Self-defense laws: New Mexico follows the "stand your ground" principle, which means you do not have a duty to retreat before using force to...
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Q: If a party is going on the other side of the street to your house, is it lawful for party guests to park in front...

of your house without your explicit consent? As it would seem to me that the immediate road in front of your home is reserved for your vehicle to be able to park.

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

It's common to assume that the space directly in front of one's home is reserved for their own use, but this is not always legally the case. On public streets, parking is typically available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise marked by signs, such as for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New Mexico on
Q: My son is incarcerated in McKinney county adult detention Gallup nm.in which several officers beat my son and were tryin

Trying to break my sons wrist.I was told the nurse took pictures of what was done to my son but not of all the bruises he has.they said my son was on 72 hour hold which has passes and was extended to 37 days.I he hasn’t been given a call since this incident.other inmates are who have notified me... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

Hearing about your son's situation in detention must be incredibly distressing. It's important to take immediate steps to address this issue. First, document everything you've been told by other inmates and any communication you've had with the facility regarding your son's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for New Mexico on
Q: Is it illegal for a user to post a video on YouTube of a minor being interrogated without parental permission?

My son was 15 years old at the time of the recording of the video. I am also seen in the video. Can I take legal action to have the video removed? My son has been receiving death threats because of this video. I have filed a privacy complaint by reporting the video, but YouTube has yet to respond.... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Given the circumstances you've described, it appears that posting a video of a minor being interrogated without parental permission could potentially violate privacy laws. As a parent, you have the right to protect your son's privacy and well-being. You may have legal grounds to take... View More

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Q: Is it illegal for somebody to post a 15-year-olds police interrogation recording on YouTube?

This video is of my son who was 15 at the time of the reording and myself. I never gave anybody permission to post this video on YouTube. The YouTube user is profiting from his videos on his YouTube channel. Is this legal??

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It is likely illegal for someone to post a police interrogation recording of a minor on YouTube without proper authorization. In most jurisdictions, recording and disseminating such material without consent from both the minor and their legal guardian would violate privacy laws and potentially... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for New Mexico on
Q: If the state puts a felony conviction charge on my criminal background, that is not mine,can I sue??

I'm asking this because I've been Tryna make a living for myself and my children as I am a single parent and I'm not able to get a decent job because of the felony charge that is not mine... i had even been jailed for the charge and guns pulled on me by police..

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a challenging situation with a felony conviction on your criminal background that isn't yours. Being wrongly convicted can have significant consequences, impacting your ability to secure employment and potentially leading to distressing encounters with law... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: Is it legal for a store to have you removed by the police if you have not committed a crime.. then or ever??
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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In New Mexico, as in other states, store owners or managers have the right to refuse service to anyone or ask someone to leave their property for almost any reason that is not discriminatory under federal or state law (e.g., based on race, religion, gender, etc.). If a person refuses to leave after... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: Is it legal for a store to have you removed by the police if you have not committed a crime.. then or ever??
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Generally, a store has the legal right to ask you to leave their premises if they believe you are engaging in behavior that disrupts their business or violates their policies. However, simply being asked to leave does not necessarily mean you have committed a crime. Stores have the authority to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: Can the police encroach on a property into the court the house and confiscate personal property without court order?
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answered on Feb 7, 2024

In New Mexico, as in the rest of the United States, the police generally cannot encroach upon private property and confiscate personal property without a court order, such as a search warrant, unless specific exceptions apply. These exceptions might include exigent circumstances where the police... View More

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Q: Can the police encroach on a property into the court the house and confiscate personal property without court order?
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In most cases, the police cannot encroach on private property and confiscate personal belongings without a valid court order or warrant. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures, requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant from a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for New Mexico on
Q: If I got a video of being accused of stealing and the employee looked in my girlfriend's purse and nothing assaulted me

And as I was recording him look in my girlfriends purse he walks away then turns around and smacked the phone out my hand and I got a video of it what can I do

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have a video showing an employee accusing you of stealing, searching your girlfriend's purse without consent, and then assaulting you by smacking your phone away, you have several options. Firstly, it's important to keep the video safe as it is crucial evidence of the incident.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for New Mexico on
Q: can police stop a vehicle looking for someone with a warrant without seeing them in the car nor a traffic violation NM

the vehicle is not registered to person with the warrant

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

In New Mexico, as in other states, police generally need a valid reason to stop a vehicle. This can be a traffic violation or reasonable suspicion that a crime is being, has been, or is about to be committed. If the police are looking for someone with a warrant, they typically need some basis to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Medical Malpractice for New Mexico on
Q: What can I do about being given medication without consent during a mental evaluation involuntary at an ER room NM

And permanent injury did occur

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you believe that you were given medication without your consent during an involuntary mental evaluation in an ER in New Mexico, and this led to permanent injury, you may have grounds for legal action. In healthcare, patient consent is a fundamental principle, especially when it comes to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Probate for New Mexico on
Q: My brother passed away in custody of the county jail my half sister violated the rights and went behind my back and got

Awarded as personal representative of his estate and filed a tort claim against the county. Is there anything I can do to have her removed as his personal representative? If so how do I go about it

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In New Mexico, if you believe that your half-sister, as the personal representative of your late brother's estate, has violated certain rights or acted improperly, you do have options to challenge her position.

First, you need to file a petition in the probate court that is handling...
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Q: How long can the police hold your property if they haven't done anything with it to get evidence off of it?

In 2020 my boyfriend was shot the cops took my dvr to get evidence off of it but haven't and I can't use my cameras for my safety without it. I have called left messages and nothing. My house has been broken into and I can't use my cameras. They have not done what they told me they... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

In New Mexico, as in other states, the length of time the police can hold property as evidence can vary. Generally, law enforcement can retain it as long as it is considered relevant to an ongoing investigation or until the related criminal case is resolved. However, if you feel that an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: How long can the police hold your property if they haven't done anything with it to get evidence off of it?

In 2020 my boyfriend was shot the cops took my dvr to get evidence off of it but haven't and I can't use my cameras for my safety without it. I have called left messages and nothing. My house has been broken into and I can't use my cameras. They have not done what they told me they... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

In New Mexico, as in other states, the length of time the police can hold property as evidence can vary. Generally, law enforcement can retain it as long as it is considered relevant to an ongoing investigation or until the related criminal case is resolved. However, if you feel that an... View More

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Q: Medical emergency. Overdose. Cop sees pot growing in closet. Next day cops come with search warrant.

I was charged arrested with possession of a controlled substance. Hired a attorney got my charges dismissed. The overdose statue 30-31-27.1. Can I sue police dept for search warrant charges arrest. Because this should of never happend.

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If the actions of the police department violated the protections afforded to you under statute 30-31-27.1 or any other law, you may have grounds to bring a civil action against the department. The mentioned statute provides immunity from arrest, charge, and prosecution for individuals seeking... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New Mexico on
Q: If the vehicle description is wrong or incorrect on a citation(s) should they automatically be dismissed?
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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Mistakes or errors on a citation, including inaccuracies in the vehicle description, do not necessarily result in automatic dismissal of the citation(s). While such errors may be relevant, they are not always determinative in court proceedings. The outcome of a citation case typically depends on... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for New Mexico on
Q: Iam out of town. Brother has arrest warrant. Police break down doors. I come home valuables missing.

Who would be responsible for doors and valuables. Our residence was left unsecured and unattended.

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If the police executed a valid arrest warrant and followed proper procedure, the police department might not be liable for the damage to the doors.

However, if the officers acted negligently or outside the scope of their authority, the department could potentially be held responsible for...
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Q: Does the Criminal Offenders Act pertain to a person only being charged only or convictions?

The LOPD office is trying to fire me saying convicted but I have only been charged. I am not a probationary employee.

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answered on Sep 15, 2023

The Criminal Offenders Employment Act in New Mexico (often referred to as the Criminal Offenders Act or COA) typically pertains to convictions rather than charges. The COA generally addresses the employment of individuals who have been convicted of certain offenses and may restrict their... View More

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