You Have the Right to Bear Arms

As a lifetime member of the NRA, Lisa Torraco appreciates your right to bear a firearm and she will protect your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and to PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY!

Representing clients in cases of:

  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Disorderly Conduct

See below for Conceal and Carry resources:

Petty Misdemeanor

Discharging a firearm into any building or vehicle or so as to knowingly endanger a person or his property; OR
Carrying a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic; OR
Endangering the safety of another by handling or using a firearm or other deadly weapon in a negligent manner; OR
Discharging a firearm within one hundred fifty yards of a dwelling or building, not including abandoned or vacated buildings on public lands during hunting seasons, without the permission of the owner or lessees thereof.


Felonies

Fourth Degree Felony

DUELING Conveying by written or verbal message a challenge to another to fight a duel with any deadly weapon, whether or not such duel ensues; OR Accepting a challenge from another to fight a duel with any deadly weapon, whether or not such duel ensues; OR
Engaging in or fighting a duel with any deadly weapon. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT Unlawfully assaulting or striking at another with a deadly weapon; OR
Willfully and intentionally assaulting another with intent to commit any felony.

SHOOTING AT DWELLING OR OCCUPIED BUILDING Willfully discharging a firearm at a dwelling or occupied building that does not result in great bodily harm to another. SHOOTING AT OR FROM MOTOR VEHICLE Willfully discharging a firearm at or from a motor vehicle with reckless disregard for another that does not result in great bodily harm. INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER Unlawfully killing another without malice in the commission of an unlawful act that is not a felony; OR in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death in an unlawful manner or without due caution and circumspection.

Third Degree Felony

AGGRAVATED BATIERY Unlawfully touching or applying force to another with intent to injure that person or another AND doing so in a manner whereby great bodily harm or death can be inflicted, inflicting great bodily harm or doing so with a deadly weapon. SHOOTING AT DWELLING OR OCCUPIED BUILDING THAT RESULTS IN INJURY Willfully discharging a firearm at a dwelling or occupied building that results in injury to another. SHOOTING AT OR FROM MOTOR VEHICLE Willfully discharging a firearm at or from a motor vehicle with reckless disregard for the person of another that results in injury to another. VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER Unlawfully killing another without malice committed upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.

Second Degree Felony

SHOOTING AT DWELLING OR OCCUPIED BUILDING THAT RESULTS IN INJURY Willfully discharging a firearm at a dwelling or occupied building that results in great bodily harm to another. SHOOTING AT OR FROM MOTOR VEHICLE Willfully discharging a firearm at or from a motor vehicle with reckless disregard for the person of another that results in great bodily harm.

Capitol Felony

MURDER Killing another without lawful justification or excuse, by: Any kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing; OR in the commission of or attempt to commit any felony: OR by any act greatly dangerous to the lives of others, indicating a depraved mind regardless of human life.

Legal justification is a set of circumstances that the law says is a valid excuse for a person doing something that would otherwise be a crime. As a general rule, it is illegal to shoot someone. However, if done under a particular set of circumstances (e.g., self-defense, defense of others, etc.), the law states a person is privileged to use deadly force against another.

Deadly Force: A violent action known to create a substantial risk of causing death or serious bodily harm. State v. Cardenas, 380 P.3d 866, 871 (N.M. App. 2016).

Great Bodily Harm: An injury to the person which creates a high probability of death; or which causes serious disfigurement; or which results in permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any member or organ of the body.
NM Stat. §30-1-12(A).


Law of Self Defense

What is a uniform jury instruction?
First, a jury instruction is the law a court will ask a jury to use when evaluating the facts of a case. The “uniform” part comes in because courts across the state of New Mexico have standardized their instructions in an effort to achieve equal application of the law. New Mexico Uniform Jury Instruction 14-5183. Self Defense; Deadly Force.
A court will instruct the jury to find that YOU acted in self-defense when …

  1. There was an appearance of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to [you] as a result of a felony, unlawful act, or, act that would result in death/great bodily harm; AND
  2. [You] were in fact put in fear of immediate death or great bodily harm; AND
  3. [You used deadly force] because of that fear; AND
  4. The apparent danger would have caused a reasonable person in the same circumstances to act as [you) did.

NEW MEXICO LAW ALLOWS FOR THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN SELF-DEFENSE IF:

  1. There is an appearance of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to yourself; AND
  2. You are in fact placed in fear by the apparent danger of immediate death or great bodily harm; AND
  3. A reasonable person in your situation would use deadly force.

CONTACT US

Lisa A. Torraco, Attorney
620 Roma NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 750-7665

(505) 244-0530

LisaTorraco@gmail.com