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– Have you been charged with or under investigation of a crime?  

– Have you been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident?  Have you been bitten by an aggressive and dangerous dog?

– Have you been the victim of excessive force or false arrest by a bad police officer?


Qualified legal representation and experience should be your top priorities when looking for a lawyer to handle your case. The lawyer you choose will have a direct impact on the outcome of your case.  Make sure you choose the right one!


las cruces skyline C.J. McElhinney Law Firm has been serving the Las Cruces, New Mexico community and surrounding areas with a 13+ year practice and has a proven record of representing clients in criminal, personal injury, civil rights, and family law cases in the state of New Mexico.

I will always make sure your rights are protected.


 Aggressive Defense

It is important to hire an attorney at law with the right qualifications early on.  Most cases require extensive analysis and study, and most involve other necessary procedures such as interviews, trial preparation, and evidence analysis amongst others.  From the start we start taking care of your need and interests.

Personalized Attention

Every case we handle is unique and will receive personalized attention. We understand that your case is an important problem in your life with far reaching consequences.  We ensure that you receive transparent and proper legal advice guiding you through the entire legal process. We are always available and ready to talk to you about your case.

Criminal Law Practice Areas

All Courts, All Crimes:

Robin Zielinski Ð Sun-NewsLas Cruces attorney C.J. McElhinney, who represents mixed martial arts fighter Joseph Torrez, 27, speaks to the media Tuesday following a Do–a Ana County SheriffÕs Office news conference. Torrez claims he was acting in self defense when four men broke into his home Jan. 1 resulting in to the death of one intruder, Sal Garces, 25.

C. J. McElhinney addressing the media during the Joe Torrez home invasion case.  Mr. Torrez was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

– Battery | Assault


– Property Crimes 

– Violent Crimes

– Sex Crimes

– Manslaughter 

– Murder 

– Fraud | Embezzlement

– Drug Possession


Because you never know when life can show up with unexpected surprises.

This case gained local, national, and international attention (Las Cruces Sun News, El Paso TImes, Hufftington Post, ABC, Global Report, FOXNews, TMZ) and ultimately the defense team handed Joe a favorable outcome and help him get through the tough times following the incident.

Case: Joe Torrez – Criminal Defense | Home Invasion

January 1, 2014


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Call our office to set up a free initial consultation. We can set up an appointment for you in our Las Cruces office.


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