Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 30-47-4

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.

A.   Whoever commits abuse of a care facility resident that results in no harm to the resident is guilty of a petty  misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Subsection B of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978.   

B.   Whoever commits abuse of a resident that results in physical harm or great psychological harm to the resident is guilty of a fourth degree felony and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978.   

C.   Whoever commits abuse of a resident that results in great physical harm to the resident is guilty of a third degree felony and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978.   

D.   Whoever commits abuse of a resident that results in the death of the resident is guilty of a second degree felony and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978.   

  History: Laws 1990, ch. 55, § 4.