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

Pressing Charges for a Criminal Act
If you believe a person has committed a crime against you, the offender will not necessarily be immediately arrested and charged. Police and prosecutors do not arrest and charge someone solely because another person claims that a crime occurred and wants the offender prosecuted.
Who Decides to Try a Juvenile as an Adult?
In most states, when children are accused of criminal acts, the case most often is addressed in a juvenile court and not in the adult criminal court system. All states, however, have provisions that allow or require the courts to treat juveniles in certain cases as adults.
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?
A rape charge is a serious felony charge with severe penalties. Here's what to do if you are facing rape charges, the possible consequences if you are convicted, and how a lawyer could help.
Sex Offense Appeals
If you are convicted of a crime, including a sex crime, you may want to appeal the verdict. During the appeals process, the convicted person asks an appellate court to review and overturn the judge or jury’s decision or sentence.
Sexual Misconduct Laws, Charges, & Defenses
Sexual misconduct by a person in a position of authority or trust can result in criminal charges, jail or prison time, and even required registration as a sex offender. What are the possible penalties for someone convicted of this crime and what rights and defenses does a person have if charged with this type of crime?
Are Downloadable Plans for 3D Printed Guns Legal?
Although no federal or state law specifically outlaws the possession or manufacture of 3D printed firearms, the government has taken steps to block distribution of their digital files.
State and Local Laws Regulating 3D Printed Guns
Firearms sellers must be licensed, and weapons sold must have a serial number. How, if at all, do these rules apply to homemade guns that are not sold by the maker?
Forgery Laws in Tennessee
In Tennessee, the crime of forgery consists of forging any written item with the intent to defraud or harm another. Written items include any document but also coins, badges, credit cards, and seals.
Tennessee Domestic Violence Laws
If a person in a domestic dispute intends to injure another and does so, he is guilty of assault. If an assailant intends to cause serious injury to a family or household member and does so, he is guilty of aggravated assault.