2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 30 - Criminal Offenses.
Article 15 - Property Damage
Section 30-15-7 - Desecration of roadside memorials; penalty.

30-15-7. Desecration of roadside memorials; penalty.

A.     A person shall not knowingly or willfully deface or destroy, in whole or in part, a descanso, also known as a memorial, placed alongside a public road right of way to memorialize the death of one or more persons. 

B.     A person who violates the provisions of Subsection A of this section is: 

(1)     for a first offense, guilty of a petty misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978; and 

(2)     for a second and subsequent offense, guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978. 

C.     The provisions of this section shall not apply to law enforcement officials or other employees of the state or a political subdivision of the state who in the course of the lawful discharge of their duties move or remove a descanso that obstructs or damages any public road in this state or to an owner of private property upon which a descanso is located.

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