Dane E. 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
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Appellate (50%)
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 25 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. He is board certified as a criminal trial specialist by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, an organization that certifies lawyers who have demonstrated capability and excellence in specific areas of law.

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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate (50%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011

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About Dane Hannum

Admitted: 1992, New Mexico

Professional Webpage: http://www.hannumlaw.com/about.html


  • Lead Counsel Rating, Lead Counsel Review Board, 2014
  • New Mexico's Super Lawyers, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist by New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Amicus Counsel

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


  • State v. Herrera, Defendant acquitted of murder in high profile prosecution spanning five years, 2017
  • 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. Chakerian, 2015-NMCA-052, 348 P.3d 1027 (police must provide a reasonable opportunity for independent blood test of person under arrest for DWI).

Educational Background:

  • University of Arizona, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
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Office Location for Dane E. Hannum

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

Phone: 505-842-6171

Fax: 505-247-1377


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Last Updated: 8/10/2017

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