The Law Office of Lucero & Howard, LLC is here to help!
No matter what the charges, no matter how complex the case, we have the background and the legal knowledge to provide you with the aggressive, effective legal representation you need.
Below are some common questions many potential clients have when they first contact The Law Office of Lucero & Howard, LLC. The questions below may address many initial concerns you may have. If you don’t find the answers here, you should contact us for answers to questions specific to your case.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Lawyers are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you; help you evaluate your options; negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people; prepare letters, court forms or other legal documents for you; and represent you in court. The Law Office of Lucero & Howard’s lawyers offer free initial consultations.
Can I afford a lawyer from The Law Office of Lucero & Howard, LLC?
What are the penalties for a DWI/DUI in New Mexico?
Please see the New Mexico Department of Public Safety DWI Penalties page.
What are my rights when I encounter law enforcement?
Please see the ACLU’s Know Your Rights booklet.
What is an arraignment?
In most criminal courts the arraignment is where you first appear before a judge and he or she explains your rights in connection with the charge(s) against you. At the arraignment a defendant enters a plea of not guilty or guilty to the offense(s) charged. Assuming you enter a plea of not guilty, the judge sets a date for the next procedural event in your case and the judge considers any bail requests that the defendant or the prosecutor make.
What is the attorney-client privilege?
The attorney–client privilege is one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications. The attorney-client privilege only remains confidential if you keep the communications between you and your lawyer. If you communicate confidential information to outside parties you risk losing the confidentiality of that information. The attorney-client privilege exists to equip lawyers with the information necessary to provide candid advice and effective representation for their clients.
Are lawyers bound by rules concerning their conduct?
Please see the New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct page.
Are lawyers in New Mexico required to graduate from law school and pass the bar exam?
While in some states lawyers are not required to attend an accredited law school to become a lawyer, New Mexico Lawyers are required to attend an accredited law school and pass the New Mexico bar exam before practicing law.
Is information generated by law enforcement and/or the court in connection to my arrest and charges against me public information?
The police report, type of crime charged, the name of the court that convicted or dismissed the charges, the date of conviction or dismissal, a description of the sentence served, if any, and other details of the crime and criminal process are all public information.
Can I have my record cleared or expunged?
In New Mexico it depends. If your name or other identifying information was used by another person who was arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime you can petition to have your record expunged.