2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 31-18-13 — Sentencing authority; all crimes.

31-18-13. Sentencing authority; all crimes.

A.     Unless otherwise provided in this section, all persons convicted of a crime under the laws of New Mexico shall be sentenced in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Sentencing Act [Chapter 31, Article 18 NMSA 1978]; provided, that a person sentenced as a serious youthful offender or as a youthful offender may be sentenced to less than the basic or mandatory sentence prescribed by the Criminal Sentencing Act.   

B.     Whenever a defendant is convicted of a crime under the constitution of New Mexico, or a statute not contained in the Criminal Code [ 30-1-1 NMSA 1978], which specifies the penalty to be imposed on conviction, the court shall set as a definite term of imprisonment the minimum term prescribed by the statute or constitutional provision and may impose the fine prescribed by the statute or constitutional provision for the particular crime for which the person was convicted; provided, that a person sentenced as a serious youthful offender or as a youthful offender may be sentenced to less than the minimum term of imprisonment prescribed by the statute or the constitutional provision.   

C.     A crime declared to be a felony by the constitution or a statute not contained in the Criminal Code [ 30-1-1 NMSA 1978], without specification of the sentence or fine to be imposed on conviction, shall constitute a fourth degree felony as prescribed under the Criminal Code [ 30-1-1 NMSA 1978] for the purpose of the sentence, and the defendant shall be so sentenced.   

D.     Any other crime for which the sentence to be imposed upon conviction is not specified shall constitute, for the purpose of the sentence, a petty misdemeanor.   

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