Over 33 years of experience working for you!

  • Over 700 DWI victories since 2000
  • Primary focus on DWI since 1991
  • Highly sought out national speaker
    on DWI defense
  • Among the top 100 DWI defense
    attorneys in the nation
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Proven Strategy

Proven Strategies with Rod Frechette

Learn about our proven strategy for successfully defending DWI cases.

DWI Victories Since 2000

Case No. County Date
Bechtel Bernalillo 06/22/13
Bird Bernalillo 12/02/13
Brewer Sandova 07/21/13
Caldwell Bernalillo 10/09/13
Carroll Santa Fe 12/19/13
Clark Bernalillo 04/24/13
Cordova Sandoval 11/04/13
Crider Raton 11/23/13
Cuellar Bernalillo 05/01/13
Day Mora 03/18/13


Legal solutions for the individual

Criminal cases such as a DWI, DUI, suspended license, drug charge or domestic violence battery involve a variety of factors which affect your life. Frechette & Associates understands that the competing demands of personal, family and work life mean that there is not one legal solution for everyone. One person may make very different decisions from another based upon their life priorities. For this reason Rod and Michelle Frechette have developed a law firm which combines New Mexico attorneys who have different strengths in criminal defense.

Breaking New Ground in Criminal Law

Rod and Michelle Frechette are known for their strong advocacy in criminal defense cases. The law firm of Frechette & Associates has over 50 years combined legal experience in New Mexico Courts and has handled more than 6,000 criminal cases. Members of the firm attend national DWI/DUI defense conferences and are hired to write appeal briefs for clients in other firms. Rod Frechette and Todd Hotchkiss are responsible for the notable opinion in State of New Mexico vs. Lasworth.

Criminal Case Evaluation and Strategy

Frechette & Associates evaluates each case and determine what the defenses may be for trial. Strong preparation and good pre-trial motions are some of the ways in which someone can prevail in their case. A plea bargain must have some element of the bargain which is beneficial. Education is an important facet of our services and we encourage our clients to examine all their options before making decisions which affect their driving and/or criminal record. This enables our clients to maximize the benefit of all the legal resources available to them.


One hundred percent of our firm caseload is misdemeanor and felony criminal defense. The majority of the cases are driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI), felony DWI/DUI and drug cases. Our law firm’s criminal cases also include federal court, appeals and juvenile defense cases. Our lawyers have established a positive reputation with prosecutors and judges in jurisdictions across New Mexico as a firm which works hard for our clients. We have also represented clients in approximately ten other out of state jurisdictions in lower and appeal courts. We have earned respect within the legal community for our integrity and familiarity with the legal system.

If you are charged with a crime or arrested, simply fill out the on-line intake sheet or call us to schedule an appointment for free legal advice. Teleconference intakes are possible to assist clients outside the Albuquerque area in obtaining immediate legal services. Payment plans are available and all major credit cards are accepted.


Frechette & Associates handles all crimes including, but not limited to:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI)
  • Alcohol related offenses
  • Domestic violence battery, assault, harassment and stalking
  • Drug possession, trafficking and manufacturing
  • All juvenile crimes
  • Shoplifting, larceny and theft crimes
  • Criminal appeals
  • Sex offenses, rape
  • Burglary, criminal trespass and property crimes
  • Driver’s license revocation or suspension and all traffic offenses
  • Robbery, murder, arson, aggravated assault
  • Firearm crimes
  • Grand jury indictments
  • Probation violations and conspiracy
  • Temporary restraining order violations
  • White collar crimes including bad checks, fraud, bribery, embezzlement
  • Municipal citations: fireworks, planning and zoning and animal control

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on what to know when you hire an attorney.

We represent people in all jurisdictions and have worked across the state in cities and counties which include: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo County, Gallup, Los Alamos, Las Cruces, Taos, Sandoval County, and Torrance County.