In New Mexico it is illegal to intentionally make contact with someone, if that touching was unwanted. Even if the physical contact was minimal, you may still get charged with a battery. A conviction for battery is a petty misdemeanor, carrying a maximum of six months in jail. Battery can be aggravated to a felony, however, if it was committed with a weapon for example.
A lawyer will make sure that the Police and District Attorney have followed the strict rules, laws, and regulations that apply to every criminal case, and get both sides of the story. We can question whether the arrest was constitutional, and interview the alleged victim. Did the officer have a warrant? Was I read my rights? Did I consent to be searched? Was this an accident? Can we suppress the evidence? These questions and many more should be evaluated in every case. Please call Aaron J. Boland for a free consultation.