City Attorney's Office
Developing solutions for positive outcomes to the legal and non-legal problems confronting the City of Las Cruces; and, professionally representing the City in litigation and administrative matters.
Welcome to the City Attorney's Office. The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Manager, the City Council, and all City departments. The City Attorney will discuss the Las Cruces Municipal Code, City Council agenda items or other City-related questions. However, the City Attorney is not permitted to give legal advice to citizens.
Harry S. "Pete" Connelly, City Attorney
700 N. Main Street, Suite 3200
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Vehicle Seizure/Forfeiture Program
Vehicles are seized under the City's vehicle forfeiture ordinance (Las Cruces Municipal Code, Section 27-6) from persons who may be arrested for a second or subsequent DWI or driving when their license has been revoked. The proceeds from fees and payments are used by the Las Cruces Police Department for DWI prevention and education programs.
The City Attorney's Office answers questions, takes requests for hearings, and coordinates weekly hearings with LCPD and the hearing officer. The City Attorney also prepares, files, and manages nuisance abatement lawsuits which, when completed, allow those vehicles to be sold at the city auction.
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