Domestic Violence Crimes in New Mexico
Domestic abuse is defined as any incident of violence by a household member against another household member. That household member could be a child, spouse, other family member, in-law, or any two (or more) people who have had an ongoing personal relationship. This means that violence against a close friend or roommate in your home can still be deemed domestic abuse.
What Actions Count as Domestic Violence?
The following actions can all be deemed domestic violence if they occur between two or more people with the relationships listed above:
- Physical Harm
- Criminal Trespassing
- Intentional Damage to Property
- Threats Against a Household Member or Member’s Children
- Any Emotional Distress Caused Verbally or Physically
How Does the Law Deal with Domestic Abuse?
The initial retaliation to domestic violence is usually a court granted order of protection. An order of protection protects victims of domestic abuse from the abuser by forcing him or her to leave the residence, keep a set physical distance from the victim, and refrain from all contact with the victim. Additionally, counseling may be ordered for the restrained abuser.
Violation of an order of protection is a serious offense, and a police officer can arrest a person he or she believes to be in violation of a restraining order without a warrant. Violation of a restraining order is a misdemeanor charge on its own but the sentence for violation may increase if there are additional charges of domestic violence in addition to the violation.
Do Not Live in Fear
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or abuse, it is crucial that you contact your local authorities and end the abuse immediately. If you pursue legal against a domestic abuser, Roybal-Mack P.C.s domestic abuse attorneys will help you get the peace of mind and body that you deserve.