Right to counsel

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Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child

Per N.M. Stat. § 32A-3B-2(A), truancy in New Mexico is handled as a "family in need of court-order services" matter.  And pursuant to N.M. Stat. § 32A-3B-8(C), children have a right to appointed counsel in such matters regardless of indigence if they are 14 or older; otherwise, they are appointed a guardian ad litem.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes