The state's local and state law enforcement handles background checks, criminal records and arrest reports for individuals wanting a copy of their own or to supply to a third-party. The state uses its own Applicant Fingerprint Processing (NMAPS) system. The cost to have someone’s fingerprints taken is $9 for two cards and $2.50 for each card after. There is a release form that must also be filled out. The cost per record is $15. They also offer “Police Certificates of Good Standing” for another $33. They issue reports usually between 7-15 days.
The general public can get arrest records through the NM court system where they can search for court documents using someone’s name. State law enforcement offers copies only to the subject themselves. There are specific fees involved including getting fingerprinted and then a per record charge as well.
New Mexico arrest records will show details about the arrest such as where it occurred, the date of arrest, what agency arrested them, the charges filed, the arresting officer’s information, if any vehicles were involved and the booking details. Additionally, there is personal information like a general profile for the person arrested with name, age, address, gender, height, weight, and more. Typically, they also contain New Mexico mugshot and any other warrant and booking details including fingerprints as well as other police and criminal records associated with this person. At the same time, court records and court warrant searches related to any arrests, fines, convictions, and sentencing will also be on there when doing a court case lookup.
The crime rate has increased over the past decade in New Mexico, going from 8,187 crimes in 2006 to 11,834 by 19% higher than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
A law officer can arrest someone with a valid, signed arrest warrant from a judge. An officer can also arrest someone when they have probable cause to believe a crime was committed. If they are in the presence of someone committing a crime, they also have the right to arrest them at that time. A New Mexico law officer can also stop someone if they are aware of a felony that has been committed and that person was named the suspect by a credible source. If a misdemeanor is committed in his or her presence, they can arrest someone then too.
Any law enforcement officer has the right to arrest. This list includes local police, state police, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs. Any private citizen can also arrest you if they witness someone committing a crime or they are aware that someone committed one. They can use force to detain them until they hand them over to the police.
Arrests will stay on a person’s criminal record forever if they do not apply to have them removed. Only petty misdemeanors are eligible for expungement. Only if there is no disposition for those offenses, are they eligible. First-time drug offenses are also eligible and juvenile crimes.
Only petty misdemeanors and arrests that did not result in charges or a guilty verdict are eligible to be expunged. If there was a disposition on those misdemeanors, even one that dismissed all charges, the person could not expunge those records. Any conviction of an offense of “moral turpitude” cannot be expunged either.
In NM for the year 2016, there were 158,484 arrests. The majority of them (68,981) were for property crimes. The second highest number (45,780) were for larceny, 10,261 were for violent crimes, 10,078 were for motor vehicle thefts, 6,874 were for aggravated assault, 13,123 were for burglary, 781 were for rape, and 2,501 were for robbery.
Most of the violent crime offenders in New Mexico were 20-29 .
|Offenders w/ reported age||13,181|
The popular arrests for 2017 in New Mexico was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 15,618, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 12 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||19||170||189|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||2||138||140|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||51||1,165||1,216|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||14||179||193|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||1||35||36|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||2||31||33|
|Drug Abuse Violations||99||2,377||2,476|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||11||680||691|
|Driving Under the Influence||25||3,283||3,308|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||318||15,300||15,618|