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There is no shortage of Criminal Lawyers in New Mexico, but picking the right one makes all the difference in your ability to protect your rights. Get to Know Frechette & Associates to see why we should be your choice for criminal defense.


Rod and Michelle Frechette are long time Albuquerque metro area residents known for their strong advocacy in criminal defense cases. The firm of Frechette & Associates has over 60 years combined legal experience in the New Mexico Courts and have handled more than 6,000 criminal cases. Members of the firm attend national DWI and criminal defense conferences each year. Each member of the team brings their own set of skills and strengths to make Frechette & Associates a well-rounded legal office.

Rod Frechette was featured in the American Bar Journal Article “New Test for DUI Defense” in 2005. He has handled thousands of DWI cases since 1988. His court of appeals victory in the case of State vs. Lasworth successfully held the line on HGN inadmissibility and challenged the validity of field sobriety testing. He is a court recognized DWI expert in the cases of U.S. v. Roybal and State v. Underwood. He has testified in NM legislative hearings and lectures on the topic of DWI.


Michelle Frechette is a dedicated criminal defense attorney with an emphasis in the area of DWI Defense. She has been in private practice since 1993, after serving as a prosecutor in two jurisdictions. She currently serves as a part-time municipal judge and public defender as well as managing the firm’s criminal caseload. Her higher than average success within the area of administrative license revocation hearings has given her a valuable reputation in the legal circles of Albuquerque. Her focus on addressing client needs has given her a strong base for new referral business within the firm. Because she enjoys working with youth, she is the primary attorney handling all juvenile cases. Michelle is a leader in Rotary service activities and has raised the Frechette’s children while practicing law.


If you are charged with a crime or arrested, simply fill out the on-line intake sheet or call us to schedule an appointment for free legal advice. Get to Know Frechette & Associates and all the ways we can help you.



Nearly one hundred percent of our firm caseload is misdemeanor and felony criminal defense. The majority of the cases are driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI), felony DWI/DUI and drug cases. We represent people in all the state court system, including municipal and magistrate court petty misdemeanors and traffic cases. Our lawyers have established a positive reputation with prosecutors and judges in jurisdictions across New Mexico as a firm which works hard for our clients. We have represented clients in out of state and native pueblo jurisdictions. We have earned respect within the legal community for our integrity and familiarity with the legal system.

The Frechettes know that the key to excellent representation of a client comes from a vigorous review of every detail of a case, so that you get a complete understanding and make the best decisions for you.




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, murder, arson, aggravated assault
  • Firearm crimes
  • Grand jury indictments
  • Probation violations and conspiracy
  • White collar crimes including bad checks, fraud, bribery, embezzlement

We represent people in all jurisdictions and have worked across the state in cities and counties which include: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo County, Belen and Los Lunas, Colfax County, Gallup, Grant County, Los Alamos, Las Cruces, Otero County, Socorro County, Sandoval County, Taos, Torrance County and Valencia County.