Aarons Law Firm PC

Aarons Law Firm PC

Firm Overview

http://speedydeletion.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Aarons Stephen D Aarons (is a New Mexico attorney, born in St. Louis and noted for representing clients in death penalty and high profile cases. These include the successful appeal in 2012 of the Marino Leyba, Jr., double murder conviction, and the 2008 Robertson High School hazing case.[3] [4][5] Aarons is an active member in good standing of the New Mexico and Missouri State bar associations, and has been a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court since 1983.[6] In 1993 Aarons received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell,[7][8], and holds the highest possible ratings from Avvo,[9] Superlawyers,[10] and the National Trial Lawyers Association (USA)[11] Early Career: At the 1975 College Democrats of America convention in Atlanta, Aarons was elected National President and he was reelected the following year at the The Mayflower in the District of Columbia. Aarons participated in a State Department sponsored trip with the United States Youth Council to visit Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and retired Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir as a precursor to their Camp David Accords.[12] After law school, Aarons began his practice of law as a VISTA lawyer in Great Falls, MT. Much of this work was devoted to general civil litigation and misdemeanor defense for Native American clients including members of the Niitstapi or Blackfeet Nation. Aarons was then commissioned as a United States Army Judge Advocate. After completing the Basic Course, Aarons was assigned to the VII Corps in Augsburg, (West) Germany. Months later, Aarons received orders to serve as the Command Judge Advocate for the United States Army Field Station Augsburg. During three years on active duty in Augsburg, Aarons prosecuted over 50 courts-martial and acted as individual defense counsel in the murder trial of an American Serviceman in Nrnberg, (West) Germany and served in that capacity in several other courts-martial throughout Europe.[13] Aarons was a SOFA legal observer for criminal trials in Germany courts against defendants who were United States citizens and also inspected German prisons where United States citizens remained in custody. In 1983, Aarons was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.[14] Oxford Debate After Aarons completed his three year tour of active duty, he remained in Europe and studied International Law at Oxford University while residing with the De La Salle Brothers and Greyfriars at their 1 Marston Ferry residence. During residence, Aarons taught University of Maryland evening law courses to US airman at RAF Upper Heyford. Aarons agreed to take the Second Affirmative in a Oxford Union debate entitled "There is no moral difference between the foreign policies of the United States and the Soviet Union." British Leftist Professor E. P. Thompson and US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger were the keynote speakers. Aarons, then a US Army Reserve Captain and Judge Advocate, spoke in favor of the proposition in part because of widespread concerns over the USS New Jersey recently firing hundreds of rounds from its 16" guns into Beruit, Lebanon, destroying a hospital and killing countless civilians (See USS New Jersey in the Lebanese Civil War), all in retaliation for the suicide bombing of 288 US Marines there. (See 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing). Both Thompson and Weinberger referred to Aarons' argument, Weinberger straying from his typed script[15] to praise the young Captain while pointing out that such dissent by a Soviet counterpart might have resulted in his court-martial! [16]. Somewhat surprisingly, Weinberger won this debate, by a vote of 271 to 240, [17] thereby astonishing the American embassy staff in London, which had urged him not to participate in it, [18] and eliciting a congratulatory phone call early the next morning from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. [19] According to John Lewis Gaddis in his article "On Moral Equivalency and Cold War History" in Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 10 (1996), Weinberger was instrumental later that month in withdrawing the USS New Jersey and formulating a different strategy for the United States in the Middle East. [20] Capital Defender By 1985, Aarons had returned to the United States and became employed as an assistant public defender in Clovis, New Mexico, moving the next year to Santa Fe. There he was assigned as defense counsel in several dozen death penalty cases. He assisted Governor Toney Anaya in the commutation of death sentences for all five death row inmates in New Mexico including Aarons' client Eddie Lee Adams,[21] due to growing opposition in New Mexico to capital punishment. Even after Aarons left the public defender department for private practice, he continued to accept assignments under Public Defender contract to handle death penalty cases until 2009, when Governor Richardson signed a bill abolishing capital punishment.

Main Office

Santa Fe Office
311 Montezuma Ave

Santa Fe NM 87501-3603


(505) 984-1100


(505) 984-1110


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Free Consultation - Same Day - In Person, Telephone, Text - Will Discuss Your Payment Plan with Retainer Down

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Criminal Defense, including all Felonies (statewide), Federal (Albuquerque) and DUI/DWI (Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Espanola)

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Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

Los Alamos
c/o Justice Center
Los Alamos

c/o Rio Arriba Magistrate Court

Criminal Defense

Top-rated criminal defense lawyer representing clients in Northern New Mexico since 1985

Single attorney in shared law office down the street from the Santa Fe District Courthouse on Montezuma Ave. Served as military lawyer in Europe and a public defender for death penalty cases before opening up firm in 1982. Has handled the entire range of criminal cases from murder down to DWI in state and federal courts


Experienced DUI DWI Attorney

Single trial lawyer in shared law office down the street from the Santa Fe District Courthouse on Montezuma Ave. Served as military lawyer in Europe and a public defender for death penalty cases before opening up firm in 1982. Has handled the entire range of criminal cases from murder down to DWI in state, tribal and federal courts. No lawyer can guarantee a dismissal in a DUI case. But every lawyer should guarantee his best effort to achieve the best possible result. Avoiding jail time, possibly avoiding a conviction for first offenders, dropping fines and related charges are goals to discuss in your first interview.

Sex Crimes

Handles a significant number of clients in Northern New Mexico charged with Sex Crimes.

Sex offenses are the most difficult cases on the planet. Often there is little or no physical evidence or eyewitness testimony and yet over 90% of those charged get convicted. As a solo trial lawyer in a shared law office down the street from the Santa Fe District Courthouse on Montezuma Ave, I have represented defendants charged with sex offenses in state and federal court since the mid 1980s but never have there been so many such cases on the docket. When guilt is admitted, I hire a risk assessment psychologist to determine if my client is likely to offend again as that helps persuade the judge for a lesser sentence. For jury trials I hire one of the state's best retired detectives who specializes in sex offense investigations to interview the alleged victim for inconsistencies as well as other witnesses as needed.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Making a Difference, One Client at a Time

Stephen Aarons

Aarons Law Firm PC


Bar Number: 1011
New Mexico, 1985

Bar Number: 30120
Missouri, 1980


George Washington University
B.A., 1976

Saint Louis University
J.D., 1979

University of Virginia
L.L.M., 1983

Oxford University
Dipl., 1984

Stephen D Aarons

Aarons Law Firm PC

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