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D. Eric Hannum

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

D. Eric Hannum, Attorney
1025 1/2 Lomas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-842-6171
Fax: 505-247-1377
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in New Mexico Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate
Attorney Profile

Dane E. Hannum is an attorney located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His practice focuses on matters of criminal defense, including charges involving assault, battery, drugs, domestic violence, DWI, homicide, probation violations, sex offenses and more. Throughout his more than 28 years of experience, Mr. Hannum has litigated appeals in both state and federal courts, successfully arguing numerous landmark cases in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court that have resulted in fair and equal treatment for New Mexico residents. His practice serves the residents of Albuquerque and of New Mexico statewide.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Mr. Hannum went on to earn his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque. Mr. Hannum then gained valuable criminal defense experience by serving as a public defender for the state of New Mexico for four years.

Representing individuals facing felony or misdemeanor charges, Mr. Hannum practices on both the trial and appellate levels. 

Mr. Hannum has been recognized by numerous outlets for his exemplary service. He has been named as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New Mexico by The National Trial Lawyers, and has also been awarded the Lead Counsel Rating in categories of felony and misdemeanor DWI defense. In addition to his practice, Mr. Hannum is a member of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He has previously been appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to serve on the Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee and the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, where he served as chair.

About D. Eric Hannum

First Admitted: 1992, New Mexico

Professional Webpage:


  • Herrera v. Sanchez, 2014-NMSC-018, 328 P.3d 1176 (dismissing murder indictment for failure of prosecutor to act in a fair and impartial manner, and for interfering with right to present exculpatory evidence at grand jury)
  • State v. Ryon, 2005-NMSC-005, 137 N.M. 174 (limiting police reliance on "community caretaker" exception to Fourth Amendment when entering a house without a warrant)
  • State v. Chakerian, 2015-NMCA-052, 348 P.3d 1027 (police must provide a reasonable opportunity for independent blood test of person under arrest for DWI).
  • Montoya v. Ulibarri, 2007-NMSC-035, 142 N.M. 89 (recognizing greater protection under New Mexico Constitution for claims of "actual innocence" than under federal counterpart)
  • State v. Torres, 1999-NMSC-010, 127 N.M. 20 (prohibiting use of horizontal gaze nystagmus test evidence in DWI prosecutions without proper scientific foundation by a qualified expert)
  • Ramirez v. State, 2014-NMSC-023, 333 P.3d 240 (establishing that right of non-citizen to accurate advice of immigration consequences of criminal conviction is retroactive to 1990)
  • State v. Nunez, 2000-NMSC-013, 129 N.M. 63 (in drug forfeiture cases, recognizing greater protection against double jeopardy under New Mexico Constitution than under federal counterpart)
  • State v. Herrera, Defendant acquitted of murder in high profile prosecution spanning five years, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Administration of Reserved and Non-Reserved Water Rights on an Indian Reservation:  Post-Adjudication Questions on the Big Horn River," 32 Natural Resources Journal 681-704, Summer 1992

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Chair, New Mexico Board of Legal Speicalization, 2017
  • Member, New Mexico Board of Legal Speicalization, 2016

Educational Background

  • University of Arizona, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer attorney for young woman from Cuba seeking asylum in United States. , 2019


  • , Honoree, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Lead Counsel Rating, Lead Counsel Review Board, 2014
  • New Mexico's Super Lawyers, 2011
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Office Location for D. Eric Hannum

1025 1/2 Lomas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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