Margaret Strickland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Cruces, NM

McGraw & Strickland LLC
 | 165 West Lucero Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: 575-323-0154
Fax: 575-680-1200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Margaret Strickland is a founding partner with the McGraw & Strickland, LLC, law firm in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A top-rated trial lawyer, Ms. Strickland has achieved unprecedented success advocating for the rights and liberties of those charged with any type of felony or misdemeanor offense as well as those suffering as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

One of her most notable achievements was in a case against two police officers who were accused of using excessive force during the unlawful arrest of a married couple. Ms. Strickland and her partnering attorney represented the couple in federal court and helped secure a verdict of over $1.6 million on behalf of their plaintiff clients.

In addition, Ms. Strickland has successfully handled dozens of cases involving a range of criminal charges, from DUI to homicide to sex offenses to federal white collar crimes. A veteran of more than 70 jury trials, she has earned a reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the region, and she has earned perfect ratings from Avvo as a top attorney for both criminal defense and personal injury.

Ms. Strickland obtained her Juris Doctor from the prestigious New York University School of Law in 2006. The following year, the State Bar of New Mexico admitted her to practice, and she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Fluent in Spanish, she works closely with the Mexican Consulate and the U.S. federal government to represent those accused of serious felony violations in the United States.

Active in her legal community, Ms. Strickland has held several leadership positions with the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and she currently serves the organization as president. She also routinely conducts lectures and seminars throughout the region on a variety of legal topics related to criminal law and effective trial advocacy.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (30%): Criminal Law, Sex Offenses

Civil Rights (40%)

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Sex Offenses, DUI/DWI


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016

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About Margaret Strickland

Admitted: 2007, New Mexico

Professional Webpage:


  • Southwest Super Lawyers - 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), President-Elect, 2015
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), Board member, 2010-Present
  • New Mexico State Bar Association, 2007-present; Regional Director, 2010-2011
  • Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), Treasurer, 2010-Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • ACTion Program for Animals, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Alternative Discovery Methods, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Annual DWI Seminar Fall, 2013
  • Witness Interview Logistics, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education Summer, 2013
  • Advanced Cross Examination, NMCDLA CLE, Albuquerque, 2010
  • Cross Examination of the Pseudo-Expert, NMCDLA CLE, Las Cruces Summer, 2009
  • Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts, NMCDLA CLE, 2009
  • Search and Seizure in New Mexico, NMCDLA CLE, Las Cruces Summer, 2008
  • “Lobbying for Criminal Law”, NMCLDA, 2014
  • Drug Courts, published in “For The Defense” by the NMCDLA, 2009

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Science degree in Economics

Industry Groups

  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - Board Member
Office Location for Margaret Strickland

165 West Lucero Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Phone: 575-323-0154

Fax: 575-680-1200

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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