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Stephen Aarons

Stephen Aarons

Aarons Law PC, Freedom and Justice, One Client at a Time
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Appeals & Appellate...
  • Missouri, New Mexico
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Served as Judge Advocate in military overseas. New Mexico Public defender in 1980s handling death penalty trials. Private practice since then handling criminal defense cases from DUI and domestic violence to drug trafficking, sexual assault and murder cases in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola valley, Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. Top rated by Martindale Hubbel, and national organizations. Same day free consultation. Payment plan. 24 hour answering service. .

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Areas
  • Drug Cases
  • Federal Crimes
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Mexico
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10th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Aarons Law PC
- Current
Lieutenant Colonel, Retired
The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
Active Duty, Germany, 1980-1983 (Captain); Reserves, 1983-2008
Saint Louis University School of Law
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George Washington University - Virginia Campus
B.A. | Political Science
Activities: National President, College Democrats of America
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Perfect 10.0 Rating
Superlawyers of New Mexico
Southwest Superlawyers
Highest "AV" Rating
Martindale Hubbell Directory
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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New Mexico State Bar
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United States Supreme Court
Member, Bar
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Articles & Publications
Monster Slayer
Pinnacle Press
Speaking Engagements
Faculty, Advanced Trial Skills College, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Faculty member at three-day long hands-on training on criminal trial skills
Thinking Outside the Box: Visual Evidence, Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Lecture on using demonstrative evidence to prove innocence
Faculty, Criminal Trial Advocacy, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville VA
The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
Two-week intensive residential course for less experienced trial lawyers
Faculty, Criminal Trial Advocacy, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville VA
The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
Two-week intensive residential course for less experienced trial lawyers
Direct Examination: Painting a Picture of Innocence, Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, San Diego CA
California Western School of Law
Faculty at annual trial advocacy program including lecture on direct examination skills
Faculty, Building Trial Skills, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque NM
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Annual ten-day course for less experienced trial lawyers
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered

Q. My friend is facing 10yrs Mandatory Miminum for conspiracy to traffic meth.What price range for a lawyer?
A: Your husband should qualify for the safety valve so the ten year mandatory minimum is waived. Depending on the amount of methamphetamine seized, the sentence guideline may be 5-6 years and serve 85%. A private lawyer may charge $25k but the federal public defenders do not charge a fee and are excellent lawyers in spite of being overworked
Q. Can a person in the state of new mexico be charge with the same crime for federal and state? Meaning double jeopardy
A: Sadly federal and state prosecutors may both charge without violating the Double Jeopardy Clause and they can charge without catching your husband in possession. It is reasonable to infer that the firearm did not fly onto your roof by itself.
Q. How long do you have to serve do the code 31-21-15
A: NMSA 31-21-15 deals with probation violations. If the judge finds by clear and convincing evidence that the probationer did violate the terms of his probation, the judge may decide not to impose additional time and release the defendant on time served. If the violation is serious, the judge may impose the entire sentence from the original conviction less whatever time has already been spent in jail, prison or probation. So if the original sentence was five years in prison with four years suspended and the defendant serves one year in jail and another year on probation, the judge may sentence up to 3 years, the time remaining under the original sentence. The judge usually has a wide latitude of discretion, in this example from zero to three years. It is impossible to say what the judge will do between the two extremes. Your lawyer will better explain based on all of the facts but no one knows until the judge announces the new sentence in court.
Q. I was subpoenaed to testify against my boyfriend in his probation revocation.
A: No, the 5th AMendment only allows you to remain silent if your answer could cause you to be prosecuted. Because you were not married at the time, there is not spousal privilege. You must appear for the subpoena and testify truthfully.
Q. Can an anklet be ordered on someone that is awaiting trial for a 2nd DWI charge that has not yet been convicted?
A: Yes, as a condition of release, the judge can require a GPS monitor or a Sobrietor. Often after a month or two, the defense lawyer asks the judge to review the conditions and remove the anklet.
Q. Can someone else blowing over the legal limit in your interlock without your knowledge send you to jail
A: Yes you could go to jail if the judge does not believe your boyfriend's testimony. If the judge thinks you were the one drinking, and your boyfriend is trying to cover for you, the judge can find that you violated the terms of probation and sentence you to incarceration for the balance of your suspended term. Let's hope the judge believe's your boyfriend's testimony.
Q. Can a Magistrate Judge be replaced by United States District judge
A: You must proceed to the Release Hearing with the magistrate judge but, if you do not like the ruling of the court, you have a right to appeal to the district judge. On appeal to the district judge, you can present any evidence that bolsters your claim that you are not a danger to the community nor a flight risk during the pendency of the case.
Q. My gf was arrested for battery and domestic i didnt press charges how long will she be in county
A: Despite what you see on TV, domestic violence victims do not "press charges" and you cannot "drop charges" either. The State of New Mexico filed the charges and the prosecutor is the one who proceeds further to trial, negotiates a plea agreement with the defendant, or dismisses the case. As the alleged victim, you can contact the Victims Advocate at the district attorney office where your girlfriend's case is being prosecuted. Although you cannot force them to drop the charges, the fact that you do not want the case to be prosecuted does play a role in how the case is likely to end up. There are other factors, such as whether they can prove the case without your cooperation, whether there is evidence of damage or photographs of physical injury. I do not have enough information on how long she will be in county. If she has no prior record I expect she will be released in a matter of hours or a day with instructions to return to court. The bigger question is what will happen with her case in the long run and your communication with the officer of the prosecutor should help her avoid more serious consequences.
Q. how can I get a copy of j&s
A: The Judgment & Sentence is a public record and anyone is entitled to a copy at a nominal price of about 25-50 cents per page. The best way to obtain a copy is to go the the criminal court clerk where the J&S was issued. Before the clerks can print out a copy for you, they will need the name of the defendant and perhaps the case number. You can google "new mexico case lookup" and track down the case number and also the county where the case was prosecuted.
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