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Criminal Defense Attorneys in
Las Cruces, New Mexico

After being arrested for a crime, police officers often insist you can trust them and that you should tell them anything and everything that you know. Even if you have nothing to hide, they will use everything you say against you to seek a conviction in a criminal trial. With that in mind, it is best to obtain a trustworthy criminal defense attorney and begin building your defense strategy. At Lilley & O’Connell, P.A., we are adamant about defending the rights of New Mexico citizens and helping them fight for justice. If you have been charged with a crime in Las Cruces, or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to us today for a free consultation.

Common Crimes Committed in New Mexico

We strive to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients. Going through a criminal trial is an overwhelming process that you should not have to go through alone. Trust that we have your best interest in mind and will advocate on your behalf no matter the criminal charge. The following are some of the criminal charges we help our clients address:


Often referred to as theft, larceny occurs when a person steals a valuable possession that does not belong to them. There are many ways in which a person can commit larceny, including shoplifting an object from a store, leaving a restaurant without pay, and stealing a car.

The penalties for larceny, depending on the case’s severity, can range anywhere from a petty misdemeanor conviction with a penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine all the way to a second-degree felony conviction, which happens when property or services valued at $20,000 are stolen. A conviction of this nature can result in nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If you have been accused of larceny in Las Cruces, New Mexico, contact our criminal defense attorneys immediately.

Assault & Battery

Oftentimes, assault and battery are used as synonyms, when that is not the case. To commit assault, a person does not have to make physical contact with another person. In its simplest form, assault can be committed by either attempting to commit a physical attack or by making threats of violence against another person. When a person forcefully makes contact with another person intentionally, that could be considered battery. Being charged with assault or battery, or any violent crime is taken seriously in New Mexico and can result in high fines and prison time.

No matter what criminal charge you are facing, we are here to protect your good name and challenge the prosecution.


It is illegal to operate a vehicle while your blood alcohol concentration is .08% or above. In the state of New Mexico, if a police officer asks you to take a breathalyzer test, you must comply. Failure to do so can result in the loss of your driver’s license. However, there are requirements that law enforcement must meet in order for the breathalyzer to be legal, like checking your mouth to see if there is anything that may interfere with your test and a New Mexico Scientific Laboratory Division certification for the breathalyzer. If you have been arrested for a DWI in Las Cruces or think that your rights may have been violated, contact us at Lilley & O'Connell, P.A. for a free consultation.

Trustworthy Advocates for Your Criminal Trial

We know how difficult dealing with a criminal charge can be. If you have been arrested for theft, a sex crime, or manslaughter, reach out to us for representation.

We also proudly advocate for those with criminal records hoping to secure expungements and get a fresh start at life. Reach out to us today in Las Cruces, New Mexico to schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense attorneys, and discover how we can fight for your freedom.