Candidly, your friend has himself in a tough spot here. As you alluded to, New Mexico's laws are harsh on DUI. For a fifth offense, the minimum jail time is 1 year. In other words, if your friend is convicted of this offense, he will be required to spend at least a year in jail.
If he hasn't already, I would urge your friend to obtain a competent criminal defense attorney. Hopefully law enforcement did something improper, the evidence is not terribly compelling or his personal mitigating circumstances can be used to his benefit. Your friend's best bet here is to obtain competent representation and prevent the fifth conviction from occurring.
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You can learn about an attorney in a variety of ways. For example, you might ask around of family and friends as to what they know about any local attorneys. Additionally, you can go online and conduct a bit of research.
First, you should begin with your state bar association. The New Mexico State Bar has a website, it is located at www.nmbar.org.
I do not know your county of residence but your county bar association likely has a similar site that will be more specific to your location. A quick Google search will locate the appropriate bar association. For example, you might search "bernalillo county bar association".
Additionally, Martindale Hubbell is a national organization that rates attorneys across the country. Their website is located at http://www.martindale.com/.
Another nationwide website is located at http://www.avvo.com/. This site lists attorneys by geographic location and area of practice.
No, not easily anyway. The bar associations prohibit attorneys from tracking statistics because they can be misleading. For example, I may have won 100% of my cases but that does not mean I will win your case. However, if you go to their individual websites, you might see statements from previous clients, that could help you out.
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