Court: Some felons can hold NM public office

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state Supreme Court has ruled that convicted felons in New Mexico can hold public office if they received a deferred sentence and charges are dismissed.

Thursday’s decision answered a state law question from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in Denver in the case of a New Mexico man’s appeal over a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Judges can defer sentencing until an offender completes a period of probation, and charges are dismissed if the individual complies with the probation conditions.

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