A lawyer can evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and help develop any defenses that might apply to your case.
Now, common-law marriage laws within the state still forbid a common-law marriage in NM, but a court may now recognize the validity of the type of marriage if the union was formed within another state in certain circumstances.
Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics.
In New Mexico, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 16), even if the sex is consensual.
Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
Criminal sexual contact with a minor includes sexual touching between a minor who is younger than 13 and a defendant of any age. Defendants charged with statutory rape have the usual defenses available to all criminal defendants, such as “Someone else committed this crime, ” or “The alleged conduct did not occur.” New Mexico has a marital exemption for statutory rape that allows consensual sex between a married minor and that minor’s spouse, even though their ages would prohibit it if they were not married.