New Mexico District Attorneys

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A District Attorney (DA) is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses). They are an elected official and has several deputies beneath him or her who handle the day-to-day activities of criminal prosecution. DAs typically handle the following tasks:

Training and Outreach

A New Mexico DAs job doesn't just begin and end in the courtroom. While we've all seen crime shows or movies depicting prosecuting attorneys slaving away in a courtroom, DAs often spend time training police officers and conducting outreach within the communities they serve. For instance, DAs may hold training sessions for their local police department on matters such as search and seizure law, criminal investigations, arrests, and more. DAs might also work with communities groups to identify and help stop human trafficking, handle domestic violence cases, or recent updates to Megan's Law requirements for sex offenders. Other common issues include prevention programs targeted at bullying and cyber-bullying, gang awareness, community-based justice, and even how to prevent sex assault on campus and in their community.

New Mexico Attorney General's Office

While the District Attorney represents the state in all criminal prosecutions, typically involving crimes committed in the county where they will be prosecuted, the Attorney General represents the state in litigation by or against the state. The Attorney General can bring a criminal case, but often they work on civil litigation matters. When the states sued the tobacco companies for damage to their citizens, it was the Attorney General's office that brought that suit.

New Mexico County District Attorney Offices

New Mexico has 13 Judicial Districts for which there is a District Attorney elected for each one. These districts can represent more than one county as you can see below in the list of District Attorneys by district and the counties they represent.

DA Judicial Districts

DA Counties

1st Judicial District Attorney

SantaFe/Rio Arriba/Los Alamos

2nd Judicial District Attorney

Bernalillo

3rd Judicial District Attorney

Las Cruces

4th Judicial District Attorney

San Miguel / Guadalupe / Mora

5th Judicial District Attorney

Eddy / Chaves / Lea

6th Judicial District Attorney

Grant / Luna / Hidalgo

7th Judicial District Attorney

Socorro / Torrance / Sierra

8th Judicial District Attorney

Taos / Colfax / Union

9th Judicial District Attorney

Curry / Roosevelt

10th Judicial District Attorney

Quay / Harding / DeBaca

11th Div. I Judicial District Attorney

San Juan

11th Div. II Judicial District Attorney

McKinley

12th Judicial District Attorney

Otero / Lincoln

13th Judicial District Attorney

Valencia / Sandoval / Cibola

Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

Charged with a Criminal Offense? A Local Attorney Can Help

Is a New Mexico district attorney claiming you violated the law? You might be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, but regardless, you should seek legal advice to help you better understand your rights and responsibilities. The best way to do that is to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney near you.

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