David C. Serna

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

Serna Law Offices
 | 725 Lomas Boulevard Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 800-267-8041
Fax: 505-242-0120
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    David C. Serna gave up his position as a prosecutor handling violent crimes to devote the past 36 years to defending the rights of individuals accused of committing crimes. A sole practitioner at Serna Law Offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Serna has built a reputation as a tenacious advocate in state and federal courtrooms providing criminal defense in homicides, drug crimes, white collar crimes, sexual offenses, motor vehicle violations, weapons charges, conspiracy charges, DWI and juvenile law violations. He also defends individuals charged with criminal violations under military law.

    Mr. Serna graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center and received his Juris Doctor in 1977. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of New Mexico. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

    He holds memberships in the State Bar of New Mexico, the American Bar Association, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association & Foundation, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Serna is certified as a criminal law specialist by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization and as a criminal defense advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

    Mr. Serna is an award-winning attorney. He was inducted into the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, which is an honor reserved for only the top 1 percent of attorneys. Mr. Serna has earned a "Superb" rating from his peers through Avvo.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About David Serna

    Admitted: 1977, New Mexico

    Professional Webpage: http://www.davidcserna.com/attorney-profile.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
    • Selected in "Top Lawyers of Albuquerque" by Albuquerque Magazine
    • Georgetown University Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Georgetown University Law Center, Member
    • Who's Who in American Law, 1990
    • Charles Driscoll Memorial Award, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2013
    • National College for DUI Defense, Summer Programs at Harvard Law School, Founding Member, 1995
    • Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1991

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Trial Specialist, Criminal Law; 1992 through the present: New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization
    • Board Certified Criminal Trail Advocacy Specialist and Diplomate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Defense Mentor
    • National Hispanic Bar Association, Member
    • New Mexico, 1977
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1979
    • State Bar of New Mexico, Criminal Law Section, Board of Directors and Chair, 1998-1999
    • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Member
    • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 1984—Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1978
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
    • American Bar Association, Defense Function Committee, Member
    • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member
    • New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Member
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 1978
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, National Legal Committee, Lifetime Member, 1985—Present
    • State Bar of New Mexico, Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, 1994-2001

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • New Mexico Equal Access to Justice, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Mentor Program, Criminal Defense Mentor, 1995
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    Website - davidCserna.com
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    Office Location for David C. Serna

    725 Lomas Boulevard Northwest
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

    Phone: 800-267-8041

    Fax: 505-242-0120

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