We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives. These calls are not valid. New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

If you are charged with a crime and can’t afford an attorney, the State of New Mexico will provide a public defender for you at no cost. You must pay a small registration fee and fill out an application form to determine if your income makes you eligible. These forms are available at the Law Offices of the Public Defender located at 505 Marquette NW Suite 120; the northwest corner of Marquette and 5th street. The phone number is 505-841-5100.