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Lisa Torraco

Sex crime Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

5.0   25 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    Rape (criminal sexual penetration) | Sexual assault and sexual battery | Sexual harassment | Cybersex crimes | Sex trafficking Crimes against children | For more information, call Attorney Torraco!

    7 years

  2. Child abuse
    The stigma attached to a sex crime accusation can follow a person for life. The convicted must frequently register as a sex offender. Lisa Torraco fights tenaciously to make sure every accused client gets a fair trial. Call today.

    7 years

  3. Drug Crime

  4. Violent crime
    Murder | Manslaughter | Assault | Aggravated assault | Weapons charges | If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, you need to act quickly to hire an attorney. You'll want Attorney Lisa Torraco on your side.

    7 years

  5. Criminal defense
    If you are facing criminal charges in New Mexico, contact former prosecutor Lisa Torraco to get the advantage of her inside knowledge of how the prosecution builds cases against people charged with violent crimes.

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Gun Law
    Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon | Felon in possession of a firearm | Discharge of a firearm | Manslaughter | Murder | Felon in possession of a firearm | Discharge of a firearm | Manslaughter | Murder | Disorderly conduct| More! Call Today

  7. Litigation



Lisa Torraco is an experienced, skilled trial attorney who is a proven fighter for her clients in the courtroom and in the halls of justice.  Lisa is also an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform in New Mexico, having appeared on several radio and television shows advocating for changes in the criminal justice system.

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Torraco Law featured in the Albuquerque Magazine 2010


Lisa Torraco Law


5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by Josh | March 5, 2015
Amazing criminal defense attorney!
Lisa has been very straightforward with me, is nice and very knowledgeable. She really cares for, fights for her clients and finds unique ways to defend a case. Fees are comparable and more affordable than most attorneys. I highly recommend her and will continue to go to her if I have any further problems.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Hows Bonding out of N.M. STATE PRISON (on a15 year Sentence btw) "TRUE STORY" THANKS LISA !!
Truly a professional !! Absolutely the most knowledgeable, effective , aggressive ,good looking (respectfully), private atty! One way or another she will make it happen has made it happen for me and this is genuinely a true story just picture being in the state s prison system of New Mexico and hoping for something to give as appeals are lengthy ! Absolutely nothing under satisfactory will result. I guarantee it, just like that commercial from the Men's Warehouse you're going to like the way you look I guarantee it". Youll feel this way about your case !! Thank you so much Lisa I love you !!!! - - Signed--
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Posted by Leon | September 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard Fight til the end
Her reputation speaks volumes. She took my case on short notice and promptly was able to get two serious charges dismissed. I was facing some hard wrongful charges and Ms. Lisa's office was was God sent. She's considered one of the very best for a reason. If anyone really needs miracle type of help, She's the one you want. Believe me.
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Posted by Lauren | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney with great compassion and drive for her clients
I came to Lisa with a very sensitive issue, and she responded the same day and took action. If it wasn't for her diligent representation I would not have been able to pursue my career. If you need a defense attorney, you cannot get any better than Lisa Torraco.
Posted by Jay | December 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Lisa is a powerful force in the courtroom. I am eternally grateful to her for defending me so brilliantly. She stayed determined and applyed her knowledge and skills to obtain a positive outcome in my case. She is the attorney you want on your side. J. H.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
False allogations from Gallup.
First of all I have to say thank you for Lisa Torraco, Dennis (private investigate), and her paralegal Andriana for standing by my (literally) in court and figuratively. If not for all three of them I wouldn't be writing this thank you as a free man. Lisa was a blessing to myself and my family. While working on a travel assignment I was accused of something I did not do and had three felony charges against me. While being held in a county jail Lisa came to visit me with her investigator and told me that she believed my innocence. There was no judgement, no preset opinions, or anything. She comforted me at my lowest point in life. Lisa Torraco has compassion and empathy for her clients, I felt it first hand. Being in a place I didn't belong, not having slept or ate well in days, and totally devastated that someone was would accuse me of such things, I was in a very dark place but Lisa and her team was my light at the end of the tunnel and my breath of fresh air. With in a matter of days from her first meeting me at McKinley county she had me bailed out and on my way back home. Her investigator did his job very thoroughly and played a pivotal role in my case being dismissed. He drove to meet me in person the day after I was released and spent hours with me to hear my side, gather information and gave me comfort. He also showed true concern for my well being. While incarcerated Andriana was always very kind and very compassionate. She even offered to allow me to call her everyday just to talk and be a person of support. I found Lisa online through google. The website I found her through has her listed in the top three criminal defense attorneys in New Mexico. For my case I knew I wanted a strong woman with a very dominant presence and that was Lisa Torraco. When we showed up to my hearing a young attorney was there for a non-related matter and he recognized her and said he's heard so many great things about her and how it was an honor to meet her. This made me feel good seeing how others in her profession respected her. Lisa understands the corruption in the justice system, she understands how cops try to pressure people into giving up their constitutional rights to get bogus confessions, and even more so she understands that good people can find themselves in bad situations. Due to video evidence that her investigator discovered Lisa was able to get my case dismissed. I am forever indebted to Lisa Torraco. Lisa was always a phone call away. I recall one time when I called her she was in the middle of getting her nails done and she got up, walked outside and took my call. She stopped what she was doing on her day off to speak to me. She put me first above getting her nails done on her day off. It meant so much to me. She could have easily declined my call and let it go to voice mail, but she didn't. She was there for me. In my greatest time of need and my most vulnerable state, she was my hope. Andriana was very prompt when returning emails and assisting me with any concern that I brought to her. When you're looking at charges that will change your life, effect your employment options, impact your family, and alter your freedoms forever, spend the money and pay for the best. Take my advice, don't go with a public pretender, especially if you're young and have an entire life ahead of you. Lisa isn't a plea deal type of attorney. Lisa is a mother who can relate to other moms who's sons are being bullied by the justice system and she will do all she can to protect their rights and fight for them against the corrupt justice system. Unfortunately we live in a society that is so out of touch with our constitution that they've forgot that cops aren't the ones who get to decide guilt, nor does an arrest mean a crime was even committed. This can only be determined a court of law and that's where Lisa Torraco is her absolute best, In the court room. Lisa, Dennis, and Adrianna thank you! Thank you for much!
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is a Blessing!!
I want to take this time to thank Lisa Torraco for being there for me in one of the most unbelievable, unjust situations you could ever imagine. I was facing a charge I couldn’t dream of being accused of in my worst nightmare. My life was ruined, I was publicly humiliated, and I felt like I had no one to turn to. I was terrified of the repercussions this accusation was going to have on my life and my family’s life. The day I met Lisa she was professional, honest and straight forward. She was well versed in all aspects of criminal law and had an impressive background. From the very beginning she told me she would fight for me and prove my innocence. She did nothing less. She went above and beyond what she promised. It was the longest year of my life, but I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side. I can’t express my gratitude and the appreciation I have for her. If you’re looking for someone to prove your innocence than look no further!
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Posted by Catharina | January 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A honest, strong attorney
Ms. Torraco was very helpful with my unfair case. While she was confident with her work, she was also very caring. She also provides objective inputs with relevant strategies that would work in your favor in your case. For 3 months she was working on my "tough" case, she produced a solid plan. Based on my observations, she has outstanding negotiation skills with prosecutors, followed by her compassion and knowledge. I can go on about her competence and skills in and out of court. You can definitely trust her and her work. If was ever working in the field of law, she would have been my role model.
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Posted by Deanna | March 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
Lisa went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for in her representation of me. My case involved CYFD and she was a powerful advocate for me against this giant governmental entity. I recommend Ms. Torraco without hesitation and unreservedly.
Posted by Carol A. Ferri | May 29, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Consult review.
Did not hire. Was unable to represent my case, but did refer another attorney. Very helpful, responded in a timely manner. Very pleasant.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Rate your lawyer
Received response promptly. Even though she was unable to assist, she gave me the name of another attorney to call. Will proceed to do so. Thank you very much.
Posted by Sgt. Torres | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have so much to say about what a great experience in dealing with a defense attorney. This coming from a Police Sergeant.
I would like to say that I am very thankful to have found Mrs. Torraco and her wonderful assistant Samantha in my time of chaos. It was a sad day having to defend some people in their time of need. Then in doing so, some very inexperienced Police detectives decided that it would be a good idea to try getting away with doing half ass work while at the same time going after an off duty police officer trying to help the true victims involved. Without any more details I can say that the victims did suffer serious injury but we're able to live to tell their story to listening ears. I'm very glad to be able to continue being a Police Sergeant and I am even more glad that I found a professional attorney with her devotion and dedication to meet my needs! Thier great advice and support helped me and my wife through this hard time in our life. If you are in need of a great attorney please look no further you found one here with Lisa Torraco!
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Posted by Jon | November 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heartfelt thank you... DUI case dismissed!
The day after my DUI stop occurred I didn’t know where to turn. The New Mexico system for DUI prosecution doesn’t leave much room for hope. The court system is after you as well as the motor vehicle department (MVD). The bail bondsman and wrecking company that towed my car suggested a couple of things I might do... but their ideas were geared towards minimizing the consequences of being found guilty. That’s not me. I’m not one to give up and lessen the blow. I started to research DUI defense attorneys. I called ten different attorney (10) offices. I spoke with large firms and small firms. I performed Internet searches in order to find background information on each one. Many, if not all of the firms, focused on minimizing a guilty plea. Most of the highest rated firms were going on numbers alone – of lessened convictions. Again, not where I wanted to go. It wasn’t long before Lisa Torraco made the top of my list so I scheduled an interview with her. Lisa reviewed my case in detail and provided an objective but hopeful evaluation. I was won over by her professionalism and knowledge of case law but even more so by her personable nature. Lisa is a wonderful caring person whom took me under her wing and gave me guidance through the life of my case. I wasn’t just assigned a case number to be completed, I was an individual who needed help. Lisa provided clear expectations and guidance to me through the multitude of hearings and eventual court date where my case was dismissed! I’m forever grateful and have the highest praise for Lisa Torraco and her legal secretary Samantha. My heartfelt thanks to both of you! Sincerely, [signed]
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Posted by Larry | July 8, 2015
Thank you
Mrs. Torraco and Samatha were excellent at guiding me through my legal issues. Thoughtful, compassionate, and aggressive. They broke down the process for me and explained what I should expect in a clear and thorough manner. I appreciate the professionalism displayed and the results obtained. Thank you.
Posted by Miguel | July 6, 2015
A true friend in my time of need..
When I first seen that I was able the leave a comment about my personal experience with Ms. Torraco I jumped on it .. For a few reasons , first and foremost so that I can show my gratitude towards her , she has become a very special friend to my family and I... When I first came to her with my legal problems she was so open to hear my side of the story and when I was done she gave me the most uplifting response that I never could have expected... She told me that "every one makes mistakes, but not every one learns from them"!!, and that she would help me learn from mine and help me get my life back on track as we journeyed threw my legal problems together... And here I am five years later and all my legal problems are behind me and I have a new wife and a brand new born baby boy!!! I thank god every day that he let my path cross with Ms. Torraco's because of her knowledge of the law and her strong ambition to win and provide those who deserve a second chance, the second chance that they wish for so bad... And I would also like to say that not only does Ms.Lisa Torraco work day and night on your case but she also gets to know her clients and cares for them and what happens to them .. She has some many great qualities and I strongly recommend any one that has some legal problems , and is in need of a great lawyer, to look Ms. Torraco up .. Because not only will they have the best attorney in Albuquerque by there side in the court room, they will have one of the best friends they could of ever asked for in life!!!!! And I would like to thank Ms. Torraco for always believing in me and standing bye my side in my time of need!! And thank you for helping me learn from my mistakes and get my life back on track, not only for me but for my wife and new born son as well.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart my friend...
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Posted by Donovan | May 28, 2015
Can't thank Lisa Torraco and Office enough!
I was under a deadline to have my business approved for important tax incentives and was having trouble getting all the documentation needed when I contacted Lisa's office and it was a matter of minutes before I was able to get everything that I needed. Thank you so much Lisa & Samantha!
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
DWI Client
Very aggressive defense attorney!
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
DUI client
Lisa and her staff were excellent, they believe in second chances and did not judge my mistake. She won my case and I am truly am blessed that I found Lisa and her staff to work on my case. She is straight forward and is very knowledgable. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Lisa and her staff!
Posted by Cat | December 31, 2014
life saver
I just wanted to praise you and your staff with all that you did for me...!! Lisa is a very understanding caring person and will do all that she can do for you to help you out!!
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2014
Concern mom
I hired Mr. Torraco to represent my son on some charges that he received as a juvenile. I say this with the upmost confidence that she is the best juvenile attorney in the state and because of her hard work my son received a second chance.
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Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Torraco Law
  • 2004 - Present
  • Special Prosecutor
  • 2nd Judicial District Attorney Office
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of New Mexico School Of Law
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Special Prosecutor
  • Rio Rancho
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Assistant City Attorney/Legal Advisor
  • City of Rio Rancho
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Felony Child Abuse Prosecutor
  • Office of the District Attorney - Santa Fe
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney Bernalillo COunty
  • 1990 - 1994
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  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of New Mexico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Stephenson
  • State v, Peterson
  • State v. Peterson
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  • New Mexico State Senate
  • State Senator
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • Board of Directors
  • 1993 - 1996

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Honors and Awards

  • Best DUI Lawyers in Albuquerque
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Best In Government
  • Common Cause
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • New Prosecutor of the Year
  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Outstanding New Mexico Women
  • Governor Bruce King
  • 1992
  • Outstanding Young Women
  • National Womens Bar Association
  • 1991
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  • Albuquerque Journal
  • Op. Ed. Quality Health Care for Inmates is Vital to Public Safety, Albuquerque Journal, Friday October 10, 2013
  • 2013
  • CHESS CLUB IS NOT COOL: An Essay on the Choices Women Make that Preclude Them from Higher Professional Levels
  • 2005
  • Mississippi Law Journal
  • The New Mexico District Attorney Clinic: Skills and Justice, 74 MISS. L. J.1107 (2005).
  • 2005
  • The Prosecutor (NDAA)
  • Working with a Law School Clinic, THE PROSECUTOR, Vol. 39, No. 5 September/October 2005.
  • 2005
  • Bar Bulletin (ISSN 1062-6611) Vol. 43, No. 19
  • Be Nice! – and other basics of professionalism
  • 2004
  • New Mexico Law Review
  • The Repeal of the Marital Rape Exemption. . . New Mexico Joins the 20th Century
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Mexico Bail Bondsmen
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 2014
  • Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office Training
  • Prosecution Misconduct
  • 2007
  • Judicial Education training center
  • 6th Amendment right to Confrontation under Crawford
  • 2006
  • Guest Instructor at the District Attorney Conference
  • Prosecution Misconduct
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Domestic violence Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Torraco is highly skilled as a trial attorney and is very professional. Not only does she know the law, but she knows how to argue a case to win. Without reservation, I endorse Ms. Torraco. If I were facing allegations of domestic violence or a restraining order, I would want Ms. Torraco on my side. -D. Zane Swank, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is always well prepared and aggressive in her defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a very intelligent, aggressive attorney who works very hard for her clients. I have seen her interact with clients and have witnessed how much her clients respect her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Torraco is always prepared and very knowledgeable. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa, is dynamic, experienced and an excellent litigator. She is a committed advocate and always brings her "A" game to the courtroom."
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Albuquerque Sex crime Lawyer Lisa Torraco
Lisa Torraco
Sex crime Attorney
Albuquerque, NM
Licensed for 32 years
Free Consultation
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