Communicating with your Attorney
- You can call your attorney collect at (877) 511-4686 (Albuquerque) and (855) 527-6930 (Las Cruces). These calls will be kept confidential. If your attorney is not available, your call will not be accepted. Please remember that your attorney has other clients and must attend matters outside of the office.
- You can communicate with your attorney by letter. Send it to the address listed below on this page. However, do not write confidential matters.
- Do not talk while court is in session.
- Be attentive and respectful.
- Always stand and speak clearly when giving a statement to the court.
- Dress appropriately for court.
- Never appear in court under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Remember, cell phones, weapons, knives, etc., are not allowed in the courthouse.
- Always have a photo id when visiting the courthouse.
Preparing Your Case
- After you are charged your attorney will begin gathering all the facts necessary to advise you on your case, including the strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case as well as any defenses you may have. Your attorney will also advise you of the possible sentence you face if convicted. Then, you and your attorney can decide whether it is best to go to trial or plead guilty. Your attorney will keep you informed by letters and in-person visits. You can always write or call with any questions.
- In order to better investigate and prepare your case, an investigator from the office may be assigned to your case. The investigator may need to meet with you, as well as with your friends and family. Anything you talk with the investigator about regarding your case is confidential, just as if you were talking with your attorney.
- It is helpful to your attorney if you can provide names and contact information for potential witnesses in your case. Do not contact these individuals yourself.
- It is also helpful to alert your family about the importance of cooperating with your attorney.
- The Government will provide you and your attorney with discovery.
- Your attorney may file motions in your case, including motions to continue and motions to suppress. You should not file any motions on your own.