I plan on cross examining the officer in my case. Can I ask questions that are relevent to the case or must they b questions based on DA'S direct examination
On cross examination you are generally limited by court rules to asking questions that follow up on what the direct examination covered. But, if you tell the court that it is more efficient to allow you to go "beyond the scope" in cross rather than have to keep the witness around and put him back on the stand during your defense proof, often the judge will allow you more latitude.
I am not licensed in your state, so I have answered generally. For state specific information you will need to hear from a New Mexico attorney.
Usually you are limited to the scope of the direct examination - but as counsel rightly points out, the judge very well may give you room to do your direct as well for judicial economy
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It depends on the Judge, but yes in should be in the scope of direct examination. If you are a non-lawyer, the Court may give you a bit more to work with,
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