Santa Fe Assault & Battery Defense Lawyer


Any criminal conviction has the potential to impose financial burdens and limit your freedom and future opportunities. If you have been arrested for assault and/or battery in Santa Fe, NM, you need an attorney to ensure your rights are protected and to build an effective case to get your charges dismissed.

Assault & Battery Charges in New Mexico

Both assault and battery are considered petty misdemeanors in most cases. However, these acts may be considered full misdemeanors if the person threatened or struck is:

  • A household member
  • A school official
  • An official at a sporting event

If someone is arrested for a petty misdemeanor, they may face:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to six months probation
  • Up to $500 in fines

The penalties for full misdemeanors are more severe, as are the consequences for subsequent offenses.

Contact Angela Arellanes at
505.247.2417 for a consultation.

New Mexico Simple Assault and Battery Law

According to New Mexico law, simple assault is the intentional use of words or actions that cause another person to feel threatened. Assault may also be the intentional use of words that attack a person’s honor or reputation.

Simple battery is the intentional offensive physical contact with another person. Accidental physical contact with someone does not constitute battery.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

Do not make the mistake of thinking petty misdemeanors do not matter. Convictions of assault and/or battery can limit your freedom, and their presence on your permanent record can hurt your reputation and your future job opportunities.

If you have been arrested for assault or battery in Santa Fe, NM, contact me. I am Angela Arellanes, a criminal defense lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. I fight to protect your rights and your future. The sooner you call me, the sooner we can work on building an effective case to get your assault and/or battery charges reduced or dismissed.

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