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Cynthia M. Payne

Criminal defense Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

5.0   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1996
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About Cynthia

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I am a criminal and DWI defense attorney with over 25 years of experience, and I am passionate about representing my clients and providing them with the best legal defense. I attended UNM Law School, have strong ties to the legal community here, and many great relationships with the judges and prosecutors who handle our criminal dockets.

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Location

New Mexico Legal Group, P.C.
2701 Arizona Street NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87110

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Reviews

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Posted by Kalia | November 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best
Ms. Payne was the best thing to ever happen to me. I was facing a lot of time in prison and because of Cynthia, I got 2 years probation and a conditional discharge. I'm beyond thankful for Cynthia! I would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
100 % recommend Cynthia
She and her team showed a respect and business acumen that eclipsed any detrimental outcome in regard to the case. They're always available and I would recommend them to anyone. There was integrity not just in there intent but also being the arbiter for a positive outcome allowing me to regain a positive community standing and continue to move forward.
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Posted by Mario | December 8, 2021
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Excellent
Cynthia and her team were excellent to work with. Made everything simple for me. They took all the stress off of me and got the case handled with the best possible outcome. Would highly recommend working with her.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
I first sat down with Cynthia and explained everything. She gave me the most honest information and details to the outcomes and options that I have. In court, Ms. Payne fought for me wholeheartedly and spoke to the judge with upmost respect. The outcome, my case was dismissed. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Ms. Payne is utterly the best without any exception! Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Cynthia and Jessica were very helpful throughout the whole process. My case eventually got dismissed because of all their hard work. I would definitely recommend Cynthia to anyone who needs an attorney!
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Outcome
I hired Cynthia to represent me in the first-ever arrest in my life for DWI, and she prevailed in court to the point of having my case dismissed. She was able to answer my questions and allay my fears. I am beyond grateful for her legal expertise and ability in the courtroom.
Posted by Juan | December 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
I hired Cynthia Payne because she was genuine when she sat down with me and explained what she exactly did for the client. I was considering to get a public defender but Cynthia explained the difference between a public defender and an attorney, keep in mind she was never bias. She gave me the comfort to make my decision understanding that an attorney could be expensive but I did not mind. Before even hiring her she went ahead and told me how my case looked which was nice to see where I stood at the moment. The case went on for around 7 months Cynthia did interviews with client and officers, she researched the video tape and audio, she investigated the case, most importantly she always kept me up to date with what was happening and what to expect. Jessica was amazing as well l, both of them were available whenever I had a question or concern. They didn’t hesitate to answer any question. It was nice that Cynthia took my personal life into consideration giving me the comfort of support. Cynthia made sure that any communication or any terminology that was being used was always communicated properly to me. I was never lost or confused in the case which made everything very easy flowing. I am happy to have Cynthia represent me.
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Posted by Garrett | November 8, 2019
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Highly Recommend
When I went to Cynthia and Jessica to take on my DUI case, what I liked most is that they assured me that my life is not over, and that they will take care of everything. I was a complete nervous wreck and Cynthia made me feel really optimistic about my case, and she even put together a case binder to give me. There were a lot of variables in my case with me being from out-of-state and then eventually moving to another state, but Jessica kept me updated on everything and eventually Cynthia even got my cased dismissed. I really was able to put this all in the back of my mind and continue my life, and like Cynthia said, it all worked out in the end. I really think Cynthia is worth the price for the peace of mind itself, let alone the amazing work her and Jessica do.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
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Thankful
This was my first experience with hiring a attorney. I feel that I was blessed when hiring Cynthia. Her paralegal Jessica is very compassionate, helpful, and knowledgeable. I pray that I never have to hire a attorney again, but I would definitely hire Cynthia and Jessica. They took care of everything , made me feel good, and the case was dismissed. Thank you for all you did.
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Posted by Mike | August 8, 2019
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Top notch Criminal Defense Attorney!!
Cynthia was hired by my family in a very chaotic situation. She handled all the details, hearings, plea agreements with our family's interest as the number one concern. Frankly, it was a near miracle that many charges were dropped and others got pretty much a minimum punishment. I attribute this huge success to her tenacity, "take no prisoners" attitude and negotiating skills for her clients. I highly recommend Cynthia for any case, the tougher the better!
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Posted by Mike | December 13, 2018
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DUI and Recklass Driving
Cynthia M. Payne And Her Paralegal Jessica where absolutely awesome to work with for my case. They made it feel like a boulder was lifted off my shoulders for them to carry and handle my mistake. They let me know every detail and every possible scenario that could go on with my case. I actually stumbled upon their firm on google. My intuition told me that they need to be on my side with my situation. And i could say i have never been happier to have chose them for this. Thank you!
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Posted by James | December 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sharp and Personable
She came highly recommended so met with her for a consult. She is very sharp and friendly. Spent more time than typical lawyer and would use her in a second. She gave us advice and if our issue still exists she is getting a new client.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very good
Ms Payne took care of my case without having to attend hearings and miss work. Got my cased dismissed within 6 months. Thank you for everything! N.V.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
I was extremely satisfied with how Cynthia handled my case. She was very personable and her knowledge of the law clearly showed in the way she interacted with the District Attorney and the Judge. Well worth every penny we paid. You truly get what you pay for, I hope I never have to retain her again, but I would choose her firm again without any hesitation.
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Posted by Shannon | March 21, 2018
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Amazing job!
Cynthia and Jessica did an amazing job! Not only did they represent me well, they also were extremely supportive and helpful through the entire process! I can’t thank them enough for all their help!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Delighted with her work in our criminal case.
She took care of our legal issue with great efficiency. Would strongly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I am very grateful to Cynthia, and her paralegal, for taking the time to speak with me and answer my questions, even though I was unable to hire her at this time. I found her to be knowledgeable and confident, everything you could want in a lawyer!
Posted by James | November 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Being charged with an aggravated dwi case, I had no idea where to start. I stumbled upon Cynthia based on her great reviews working at New Mexico Legal Group. She gave me a free consultation and I immediately knew she was the right attorney for me. Her and the team were there every step of the way, and I could always count on them for any questions I had. She made the process extremely easy, and I never felt out of the loop. She handled everything including showing up to to court on my behalf for some hearings, and even got my case DISMISSED! Cynthia and the team are worth every penny and I highly recommend them for anybody seeking legal help. Thank you so much Cynthia and the team, I definitely couldn’t have done it without you!
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
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Criminal Defense
Cynthia along with her firm and her paralegal Jessica are great at what they do. Their professionalism and customer care are incomparable. The are great at keeping you informed every step of the way and they make sure to impact your daily activities as minimum as possible. We really appreciate their effort on our case and will recommend her to anyone that need legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
I obtained Ms. Payne a few days after my DUI incident occurred. Along with Ms. Payne's paralegal, Jessica, i highly recommend Ms Payne for legal services. Ms. Payne and Jessica make you feel at ease and there preparation for my case was by far 100% effort on there behalf. My case was dismissed within 6 months. By far the best and professional woman i have ever meet.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • New Mexico Legal Group, P.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Felony trial supervisor
  • New Mexico Public Defender Department
  • 1996 - 2005

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of New Mexico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. McNeill (DW 2014002756)
  • Case dismissed after successful motion to suppress officer testimony based on unconstituional traffic stop

Associations

  • Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Homeless Court
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Criminal Law Section
  • Board member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courts Rules Committee
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Practice Management
  • Law practice updates
  • 2012
  • DWI Defense
  • Caselaw update
  • 2010
  • Defending DWI and Domestic Violence cases statewide
  • Update on DWI technology
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (11)
Endorse Cynthia
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has a great reputation as does her firm."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Friend
"Cynthia is the most knowledgeable criminal defense attorney I know. I refer all potential clients with criminal defense needs to her. She is smart, talented, knowledgeable, down-to-earth, and decisive. I trust her to do the right thing by her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Cynthia at New Mexico Legal Group. Cynthia is an assertive advocate for her clients, but she also knows how to find common ground and, if possible, settle cases without going to Court. She is very professional and knowledgeable regarding criminal law and DUI's."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Cynthia for many years and she is an excellent attorney. Years later I still ask her questions about criminal law matters and DUI cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cynthia since 1997. She has always been a zealous and strong advocate for her clients and the constitutional rights of everyone. Cynthia has a keen intellect and well-honed trial skills. As a fellow attorney she freely shares her legal knowledge and experiences. She also has a wonderful sense of humor."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cynthia Payne is a fantastic DWI defense attorney. She is a skillful trial lawyer as well as a very good plea negotiator. I have seen her work wonders in many DWIs with terrible facts. I highly recommend her to anyone facing a DWI or any other criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cynthia's intelligence and experience are enough to make her a great attorney, but the way she truly cares about her clients and strives to provide the best representation possible makes her exceptional."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cynthia is an outstanding DWI lawyer, and I have personally watched her win many trials. We have taught a number of continuing legal education classes together, teaching other lawyers how to pick juries in DWI cases, how to use experts and addressing the latest case law. She is a very talented, very knowledgeable lawyer who communicates extremely well to judges and juries. She has my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cynthia is a fantastic attorney! Always prepared, professional and a great advocate for her clients, she is the kind of lawyer opponents dread and judges respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Payne is a spectacular advocate for her clients. She is very experienced and secures great results for her clients. I highly recommend her."
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