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Strong Criminal Defense

Legal solutions for the individual

Criminal cases such as a DWI, DUI, suspended/revoked license, drug charges or domestic violence battery involve a variety of factors which affect your life. Frechette & Associates understands that the competing demands of personal, family and work life mean that there is not one legal solution for everyone. One person may make very different decisions from another, based upon their life priorities. Frechette and Associates will assist every client in achieving the best solution possible.

Breaking New Ground in Criminal Law

Rod and Michelle Frechette are known for their strong advocacy in criminal defense cases. The law firm of Frechette & Associates has over 60 years combined legal experience in New Mexico Courts and has handled more than 7,000 criminal cases. Members of the firm attend national criminal defense conferences. Rod Frechette is responsible for the important DWI precedent case of State of New Mexico vs. Lasworth.

Criminal Case Evaluation and Strategy

Frechette & Associates evaluates each case and determines what the defenses may be for trial. Strong preparation and good pre-trial motions are important parts of a good defense. A plea bargain must have some element of the bargain which is beneficial to you. Education is an important facet of our services and we encourage our clients to examine all their options before making decisions which affect their driving and/or criminal record. This enables our clients to maximize the benefit of all the legal resources available to them. Our clients will actually view the evidence from the file and the A/V material with the attorney and review the legal issues and potential case strategy in detail.

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Crimes of Domestic Violence and Conflict

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Frechette & Associates

Handles all crimes including, but not limited to:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI)
  • Alcohol related offenses
  • Domestic violence battery, assault, harassment and stalking
  • Drug possession, trafficking and manufacturing
  • All juvenile crimes
  • Shoplifting, larceny and theft crimes
  • Burglary, criminal trespass and property crimes
  • Driver’s license revocation or suspension and all traffic offenses
  • Robbery, arson, aggravated assault
  • Firearm crimes
  • Grand jury indictments
  • Probation violations and conspiracy
  • White collar crimes fraud, bribery, embezzlement


What People Say

Nick Falco
Nick Falco
I hired Frechette & Associates to handle my case at the recommendation of a high ranking New Mexico state attorney. Given my situation, they helped me to best possible outcome for my case. I highly recommend Mr. and Mrs. Frechette for anyone seeking a high quality New Mexico defense attorney.
K Riddle
K Riddle
When faced with the reality of having to look for a criminal attorney it is safe to say it's not the greatest experience. However, if you find yourself in need of an attorney in Albuquerque or the surrounding area the only name I would recommend is Michelle Frechette. Michelle and Rod provided not only exceptional legal representation, they provided it with a level of compassion and empathy that is rare to find in any environment. It was clear from the very first interaction I had with Michelle that her motives and purpose for practicing criminal law are grounded in helping people get through challenging times. In addition to the spirt Michelle and Rod possess, they have exceptional experience in their field-having practiced law for 30+ years and have deep ties to the local legal community. I honestly cannot express how grateful I am to her and her office for the time she helped me through one of the most trying times of my life. I will be forever grateful and will never forget the impact it had me. -Thank you
Jon Hoogerhuies
Jon Hoogerhuies
I emailed a few questions about a issue I had no clue where to begin with, Michelle emailed me back within minutes. She explained what I needed to do, how to do it, where to get it done. She was very informative and wished my luck. Even though I didn't need to hire her services, if I ever find myself needing legal help, I would definitely hire her.thanks for the help
Freddie De La Cruz
Freddie De La Cruz
michelle was extremely knowledgeable and responsive with the answers that i required. i contacted frechette & associates for an inquiry and was not provided with lots of fantastic info, but a good starting point too! very knowledgeable and courteous!
Robert Macias
Robert Macias
Best dwi attorney in the state Michelle and her team very professional and responsive!
Forty Ounce (40oz)
Forty Ounce (40oz)
Excellent attorney
Marcus Moore
Marcus Moore
Great attorney. Very professional and worked a miracle.


If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Albuquerque, N.M., you have every reason to be concerned. This is a serious situation which requires you to take action to protect yourself. At Frechette & Associates our legal team represents clients who have been charged with virtually any type of crime.

If you have been charged with a crime it means that your freedom, your family, and your future are on the line. Do not allow your life to be compromised by a criminal defense attorney who lacks the skills to help you reach a favorable outcome. Make sure you hire the best and most experienced, because nothing is more important than your rights, freedom, and future.


Trusted by Happy Clients

We wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for helping our family member get her case dismissed. It brings us so much relief.
It was a long journey, and we appreciate the support you offered with our questions and concerns along the way.

Thank you both so much for all your help over the past year. I truly appreciate it.

Just wanted to say thank you for giving up your precious time to speak with me on the phone. I wanted to let you know that I was successful in getting the interlock installed and after the hours in the MVD of NM, I was given my interlock license. Thank you for all of your help. You have truly helped me take a step forward in life.

I wanted to thank you for your valuable time and your belief that I have been making good choices. It meant a lot that you were willing and ready to fight against something I didn’t do. Thank you.

We both just wanted to say thank you to you. When this happened, we were both feeling very scared and unsure how to handle this. Having you there as a calm guide in all of this helped more than you could know. We know this isn’t ending the way we had hoped but your genuine council on what was best says so much about your character. We are so glad we chose you as our lawyer. Thank you again for all of your hard work.

I just want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout M’s legal process.  You are very compassionate and very understanding throughout the entire process. I remember not knowing what to expect but felt relieved with you being over the case. I was really relieved and surprised at how the ending came, but always kept my faith that M would get a second chance. I know that M is looking at life from a whole new perspective. I also want to thank Barbara, your husband, and any others that assisted you during this legal process as well. I will always be grateful to you.

Well, what can I say? Thank you all so much for everything. Your support and encouragement was key to my patience and ultimate success. You know I was told by several people that I was paying way too much for my attorney. All I have to say to them is “you get what you pay for!” To have my charges dismissed is a HUGE blessing. I hope to never have a friend or acquaintance go through this but, if I do, I will definitely recommend your office for their defense.

Thanks again and all my best,

Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and patience with my case. This is a small token of my gratitude of which in no way represents how grateful I am to you for helping me put my life back on track. For that I can’t thank you enough.

All the best,

You have done so much more for me than just providing your expert counsel and service in getting my unfortunate DUI charges dismissed, although I don’t for a moment discount what an enormous service that is to me. But above and beyond that you have also given me support, comfort, and confidence that I will go forward to a healthy, happy life. I am indebted to you.

I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you did on my case. You’re the best & I will highly recommend it to anyone in a bind. I will definitely see you whenever I’m in Albuquerque.
Thank You,