2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 29: Law Enforcement
Article 3: Identification of Criminals, 29-3-1 through 29-3-12
Section 29-3-8: Fingerprint and palm print impressions of persons arrested; disposition.


NM Stat § 29-3-8 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) What's This?

29-3-8. Fingerprint and palm print impressions of persons arrested; disposition.

A. A person arrested for the commission of a criminal offense amounting to a felony under the laws of this state or any other jurisdiction shall be required by the arresting peace officer or the jail to make fingerprint and palm print impressions prior to the person's release. The arresting peace officer or the jail shall obtain fingerprint and palm print impressions and a photograph each time a person is arrested. At the time of fingerprinting and palm printing, a state tracking number shall be assigned to the fingerprint and palm print records and the booking sheet.

B. A person arrested for the commission of a criminal offense not amounting to a felony but punishable by imprisonment for more than six months under the laws of this state or any political subdivision shall be required by the arresting peace officer or the jail to make fingerprint and palm print impressions prior to the person's release. The arresting peace officer or the jail shall obtain fingerprint and palm print impressions and a photograph each time a person is arrested. At the time of fingerprinting and palm printing, a state tracking number shall be assigned to the fingerprint and palm print records and the booking sheet.

C. A person arrested for violating a provision of Section 66-8-102 NMSA 1978 or committing a violation of a municipal or county ordinance prescribing criminal penalties for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs shall be required by the arresting peace officer or the jail to make fingerprint and palm print impressions prior to the person's release. The arresting peace officer or the jail shall obtain fingerprint and palm print impressions and a photograph each time a person is arrested. At the time of fingerprinting and palm printing, a state tracking number shall be assigned to the fingerprint and palm printing records and the booking sheet.

D. Fingerprint and palm print impressions shall be made pursuant to rules adopted by the department. Fingerprint and palm print record submission policies and a state tracking number system for fingerprint and palm print records shall be implemented pursuant to rules adopted by the department. All felony, misdemeanor and DWI arrest fingerprints and palm prints shall be made in duplicate. Both copies and a photograph of the person arrested shall be forwarded to the department within five days following the date of arrest. The department shall forward one copy to the federal bureau of investigation in Washington, D.C.

E. An inmate who is charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense while incarcerated shall be fingerprinted, palm printed and photographed, and the jail or corrections facility shall forward the offender's fingerprint and palm print records and photograph to the department.

F. The administrative office of the courts shall provide to the department the disposition of all criminal cases assigned a state tracking number. The disposition shall be provided in electronic format, promptly upon the conclusion of the case.

G. The administrative office of the district attorneys shall provide to the department the disposition of all criminal cases assigned a state tracking number, when the district attorney decides not to file charges in the case. The disposition shall be provided in electronic format, promptly upon a district attorney's decision not to file charges in the case.

H. Law enforcement agencies, the administrative office of the courts and the administrative office of the district attorneys may allow the department access to their records for the purpose of auditing those records to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section.

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