If you have been charged with armed robbery in New Mexico, you need experienced criminal defense counsel. Armed robbery is a second-degree felony that will lead to a prison sentence if you are convicted. Fortunately, the state must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and there are several defenses that may apply to your case. However, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced New Mexico criminal defense attorney quickly to protect your rights. New Mexico law defines robbery as follows: "[T]he theft of anything of value from the person of another or from the immediate control of another, by use or threatened use of force or violence."
In the wake of a recent murder of a Hatch police officer, New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, has vowed to reinstate the death penalty. Republican Martinez is a former prosecutor who is shaken by the Hatch murder, as well as recent killings involving children. The move follows the recent shooting of a Hatch police officer, which occurred after a routine traffic stop. The alleged shooter was an Ohio fugitive passing through New Mexico. He has also been charged with violating federal firearms laws. In addition to the Hatch shooting, Governor Martinez cited the recent killing of a Navajo girl as support for her position. The success of Governor Martinez’s initiative will no doubt turn on who fills New Mexico’s legislative seats in the election this fall. While Republicans tend to support the death penalty, Democrats do not.