Lauren Baldwin

Contributing Author

Lauren Baldwin has been licensed as an attorney in New Mexico for twenty years. She has extensive experience as a litigator and appellate practitioner in criminal and family law (including adoptions). She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Articles By Lauren Baldwin

Forgery Laws in Texas
Even a first offense on forgery charges can result in a felony conviction in Texas. Learn how the Texas Penal Code defines and penalizes forgery offenses.
Can Police Question a Child Victim or Witness?
Learn when and how police may interview child victims and witnesses, what options parents have, and what laws protect the rights of child victims.
What Is a Suspended Sentence?
A suspended sentence gives a defendant a chance to serve their time in the community rather than behind bars. Many suspended sentences include probation.
Steps to Take If You Are Accused of Child Molestation
Here are some important steps to take if you've been falsely accused of this serious crime.
Revenge Porn in Illinois
Illinois has criminalized revenge porn – posting or distributing intimate photographs, images, or videos of another person on the internet without the person’s consent and in order to harass or upset that person.
I'm Being Charged with Rape: What Should I Do?
Rape is a serious felony charge with severe penalties. Here's what to do if you are facing rape charges, and how a lawyer could help.
Using a Gun for Self-Defense: Laws and Consequences
Laws in every state spell out when and whether you can use a gun to defend yourself or someone else.
Can I Keep Money That I Found?
Keeping lost cash or a lost wallet without trying to find the owner can result in criminal penalties. Learn more.
Preliminary Criminal Hearing: Process and Procedures
Learn the purpose behind preliminary hearings and how this mini-trial or preview offers several advantages to defendants.
Statutory Rape Laws and Charges
Statutory rape offenses are strict liability offenses that can result in a felony conviction and prison time, even if a defendant genuinely didn't know the partner was younger than the age of consent. Learn how statutory rape laws work.