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Legal Statutes: New Mexico

UPDATED April 28, 2016

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Article 13. Family Violence Protection

back to top40-13-1.1 Legislative findings; state policy; dual arrests

The legislature finds that domestic abuse incidents are complex and require special training on the part of law enforcement officers to respond appropriately to domestic abuse incidents. The state of New Mexico discourages dual arrests of persons involved in incidents of domestic abuse. A law enforcement officer, in making arrests for domestic abuse, shall seek to identify and shall consider whether one of the parties acted in self defense.

History: Laws 2002, ch. 34, § 2 and Laws 2002, ch. 35, § 2.