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Our Practice

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We specialize in the these areas of practice

Criminal

  • DUI
  • Misdemeanor
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Posession
  • Sex Crimes
  • Burglary/Theft
  • Child Molestation
  • Child Pornography
  • Bench Warrants
  • Felony Offenses
  • Weapons Charges
  • Murder
  • Battery
  • Probation Violation
  • Gang Offenses

Injury

  • Auto Accidents
  • Oilfield Injuries
  • Workers Compensation
  • Personal Injury

Domestic

  • Divorce
  • Custody Issues
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Orders of Protection
  • Guardianship
  • Adoptions
  • Domestic Violence
  • CDL Issues
  • MVD Suspensions

Civil Dispute

  • Lease/Rental Disputes
  • Evictions
  • Property Damage
  • Property Line Disputes
  • Evictions
Titus & Murphy Law Firm is committed to making our community a safer place to live, work and drive.
We are proudly giving back and paying it forward to the following charities:
  • Boys and Girls Club – Connie Mack Baseball
  • San Juan College Scholarships Foundation
  • Four Corners Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Marge’s House for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Attorneys

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VICTOR TITUS

Practicing law in San Juan County for 32 years- 17 years selected to Best Lawyers in America- Who’s Who in American Law 15 straight years- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico 5 straight years.

VICTOR A. TITUS
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1981

  • May- Graduated University of Missouri Law School
  • October- Admitted to New Mexico Bar
  • December- Tried first Worker’s Compensation Case

1982

  • May- Becomes Member of Missouri Bar
  • June- First Published Court of Appeals decision ( Personal Injury Case)
  • July- Becomes partner in Faurot & Titus Law Firm in Farmington, New Mexico

1983

  • Attends National College of Advocacy and Nation Institute for Trial Advocacy

1984

  • April 28- Marries Deborah Carpenter
  • First published Court of Appeals decision (Worker’s Compensation Case)
  • December- Given County Bar Distinguished Service Award

1985

  • June- Named County Bar President
  • Leaves Faurot & Titus to open solo law practice

1986

  • March 10- Daughter Jacquelynn born in Farmington, New Mexico
  • July- Becomes a member of United States Supreme Court Bar and Board of Directors of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers

1987

  • July- First criminal Jury Trial-(Acquittal)

1988

  • May- First Seminar Presentation on Worker’s Compensation Law

1989

  • March- Hires Curtis Gurley as Associate
  • July- Becomes member of Colorado Bar
  • December- Buys office at 2021 E. 20th Street

1990

  • Named Editor- New Mexico Trial Lawyers Journal
  • Important published Decision Court of Appeal on Alimony Case
  • Tenth Jury Trial

1991

  • July- Forms Titus & Gurley Law Firm
  • July- First published article on Worker’s Compensation Law

1992

  • August- Hires Steven Murphy as Associate
  • Becomes Contract Public Defender on 4 year contract
  • Church’s v. Hansen-Important Court of Appeals decision in Workers Compensation Law

1993

  • April- 20th Jury Trial
  • June- Curtis Gurley leaves Titus & Gurley
  • July- Named President of New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • August- Forms Titus & Murphy Law Firm

1994

  • March- Becomes member of Navajo Bar Association
  • April 4- Monica Dunn dies of shot gun blast
  • April 30- Husband Paul Dunn charged with Murder
  • December 12- Dunn acquitted after 10 day Jury trial in Gallup, New Mexico
  • December 31- Dunn trial named top story of the year in Farmington, New Mexico

1995

  • March-Named to Best Lawyers in America for First Time- one of only two from Farmington, ever so honored
  • April- 30th Jury Trial
  • April- Becomes members of Arizona Bar
  • August- Graduates from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
  • September- Becomes Board Recognized Specialist-Worker’s Comp
  • Featured in Book “Grave Accusations” and Court TV Forensic Files Episode “ Within Arms Reach” both on Paul Dunn Trial

1996

  • July-Named in Who’s Who in American Law for the first time
  • September- Becomes Board Recognized Specialist-Criminal Law

1997

  • June- Starts 5 year term on State Bar Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • August- Graduates National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University

1998

  • April- 40th Jury Trial: Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Auto Accident Chiropractic Case in San Juan County history
  • July-Opens office at 8987 E Gail Road Scottsdale, AZ
  • September-Becomes Life Member-National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Reported Court of Appeals decision on Polygraph Evidence to Grand Jury

1999

  • First reported Appellate Case in Colorado on lender liability

2000

  • June-Named best lawyer in San Juan County by Daily Times Readers Poll
  • July- 50th Jury Trial

2001

  • April-Given AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell-their highest rating for law firms
  • Elected San Juan County Democratic Party Chair

2002

  • 6 Jury Trials tried to verdict; Nos. 54-59

2003

  • April- 60th Jury Trial

2004

  • February-Largest Auto Accident Jury Verdict in San Juan County History- $1.5 million vs. City of Farmington Police Department
  • November- Unsuccessful candidate for County Commission

2005

  • November- 25th Seminar Teaching Presentation (Ethics/Professionalism)
  • Important Supreme Court decision on prior bad acts evidence

2006

  • June-Named to Board of Directors-New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers

2007

  • November- 70th Jury Trial- 25th Personal Injury Jury Trial
  • Named one of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico by American Trial Lawyers Association

2008

  • 50th Criminal Jury trial

2009

  • Named in Southwest Super Lawyers- Worker’s Comp

2010

  • Trial Counsel in City of Aztec v. Gurule 2010-NMCA-006 Court of Appeals’ Decision that City Ordinances no longer required to be proved in District Court, Court can take judicial notice
  • Jury Trial in State v. L. Ashley (CR-DUI) February 12, 2010; Retrial February 17, 2010
  • Jury Trial in State v. Yazzie(CR-DUI) November 3, 2010; Not Guilty on all Counts
  • State v. J. Wade (CR-Domestic Violence) November 12, 2010 (1 day); Hung Jury; Plead to Disorderly Conduct to avoid RetrialNovember- 80th Jury Trial
  • 35th Seminar Presentation
  • Named US News- Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms

2011

  • In Glynn v. MVD2011-NMCA-031 Court of Appeals decided; Exclusionary rule does not apply in MVD hearings, illegal police conduct allowed to revoke driver’s license, January 13, 2011
  • Jury Trial in State v. R. Childers (CR-DUI) February 21, 2011 (1 day); not guilty on all counts
  • Jury Trial in State v. J. Cole (CR-DUI, Resisting Arrest) July 1, 2011 (1 day); Resisting arrest
  • Selected to American Board of Trial Advocates, March 2011
  • Jury Trial in State v. J. Theobald (CR DUI), August 12, 2011 (1 day)
  • Presented: Worker’s Compensation Update “Calculating Indemnity Benefits”, NBI Seminar Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 1, 2011
  • Presented: “Professionalism & Ethics for Every Lawyer” at New Mexico Trial Lawyers Seminar,
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico November 11, 2011
  • Argued E. Schuster v. MVD, in Supreme Court No. 32,942 on November 14, 2011, exact issues of Glynn case
  • Argued Titus v. Albuquerque in Supreme Court on November 14, 2011 on Constitutionality of Red light Cameras to catch speeders
  • Court of Appeals decided State v. A. Fordyce No. 30638 in which DUI dismissed because bad stop touching lane dividing, lane not a per se traffic violation, November 18, 2011
  • Titus & Murphy named Best Law Firm in San Juan County by Daily Times Readers Poll
  • 83rd Jury Trial
  • Total Jury Trial Days exceeds 35 weeks
  • Named to Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico for fifth straight year
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2011 (16th Year)

2012

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2012 (17thYear)
  • Presented: “Medicare Reimbursement & Set/Asides- Protecting you and your Law Firm” to San Juan County Legal Assistants, Farmington, New Mexico, January 4, 2012
  • Won Appeal in Beard v. Dawn Trucking in which Court of Appeals No 31,319 reversed refusal of Work Comp judge to decide impairment of psychological injury, January 12, 2012.
  • Argued T. Yazzie v. MVD Ct. App. No. 30,781 in Court of Appeals on January 18, 2012, on Appellate Procedure of MVD Hearings in DUI Cases
  • Named Who’s Who in American Law for 15th Straight Year

2013

  • Best Lawyer in America-NM Lawyer of the year- Workers Compensation Claims

2012 will mark 32 years Victor A. Titus has practiced law in San Juan County, New Mexico. He and his partner Steve Murphy continue to represent and try the most high profile cases including representing judges and police when the system turns on them.

The Titus and Murphy Law Firm has a reputation for being aggressive but fair, fearless but practical, passionate yet relentless in the pursuit of justice for the people and causes they take on. They believe that no good cause should fail for lack of a zealous advocate, nor any evil to go unchallenged.

Let Victor A. Titus and the Titus and Murphy Law Firm speak to you about the cause or case that is near to your heart or important to you and your family. Titus and Murphy should be the one to call in Northwest New Mexico, but don’t base your choice of a lawyer on this website alone. The best advertising comes from past results. Don’t rely on an internet posting to pick your lawyer. Ask your friends and family, your neighbors, or acquaintances who have used a local lawyer in the past. They are the best source of referral.

Titus and Murphy. A reputation for results. Call us today to discuss how we can help you.

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STEVEN MURPHY

Steve Murphy has been dubbed the “pit bull” of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Bar. Steve has 20 years of experience and has tried over 350 criminal cases throughout New Mexico.

The best evaluation of a lawyer’s reputation is his clients. Steve’s former and current clients include District Court Judges, State Magistrate Judges, probation officers, police officers and prosecutors. “The greatest compliment I receive is when a police officer or prosecutor is accused of a crime and they ask me to represent them.”

Steve grew up in a single wide trailer in Farmington off of Auburn Street. At the age of 16 he broke in as a floor hand on a rig owned by Arapahoe Drilling. From 1972 to 1975 Steve was in the U.S. Army assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.

After returning home from his military service, Steve joined Local Unions 16 and 627 and helped build the APS and PNM power plants. With the completion of the power plants, he returned to his roots in the oilfield. Steve worked as a compressor operator for Burlington Resources. Working in the “patch” by day and going to college at night. In 1988 Steve began his lifelong dream of protecting the rights of the working man.

In 1991 Steve graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School and ranked 22nd in his class. His law career began as a Prosecutor with the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

With over 20 years experience, Steve now limits his practice to Criminal Defense and serious Personal Injury cases.
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TYSON GOBBLE

University of New Mexico School of Law Graduate – Assistant Public Defender City of Farmington – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – American Bar Association

Mr. Tyson K. Gobble has been licensed to practice law in the state of New Mexico since 2011. Tyson K. Gobble is a native New Mexican and was born and raised in the Four-Corners. Mr. Gobble’s areas of practice are Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation. Mr. Gobble is also a member of the American Bar Association, The Honor’s Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

  • 1979 Born in Farmington, NM
  • 1997 Graduated Aztec High School
  • Aztec, NM
  • 2003 Graduated San Juan Community College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 2006 Graduated New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • B.S. Management of Technology
  • 2008 Graduated New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • M.S. Engineering Management
  • 2008 Attended Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
  • Lansing, MI
  • 2010 Attended University of New Mexico School of Law
  • 2011 Graduated University of New Mexico School of Law May 14th
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2011 Admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico, September 26th
  • 2011 Associate Attorney the Law Firm of Titus and Murphy
  • 2011 Assistant Public Defender City of Farmington
  • 2012 First Jury Trial in State v. Stewart on January3, 2012; DUI-Acquittal-Not Guilty on all counts

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Your Rights

IN A DUI ARREST

      If you are stopped for Driving Under the Influence.

STOP!

  1. You are not required to cooperate with any police investigation.
  2. Refuse to do any eye or physical tests.
  3. Invoke your right to REMAIN SILENT and refuse to answer any questions
    agree to do a blood/breath test.
  4. Request that you preserve a breath/blood sample for independent testing.
  5. Demand to be immediately taken for an independent test.
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IN A CRIMINAL ARREST

If you are involved in a criminal arrest, it is essential that you know your rights at that moment, especially before you have the opportunity to have your criminal defense attorney present. What are your legal rights in a criminal arrest?

Right to Remain Silent

First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent, i.e., to refuse to answer police questions. You should always ask to speak to an attorney before offering any information to police as — just as you have heard on television countless times — anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Accordingly, in court you also have the 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, so you can refuse to answer any questions whose answers may implicate you in a crime.

Right to Refuse Search Request

Another right at the time of arrest or even investigation is the right to refuse a police search request unless the police have a warrant. That is, you can refuse the police access to any and all of the following if they do not have a warrant to search:

  • Your person
  • House, apartment, or other dwelling
  • Car or other vehicle
  • Purse, bag, luggage, etc.
  • Any other possessions

Even if you think you have nothing to hide, it is often better to withhold consent and make the police get a warrant for the search; remember they are looking for evidence against you, so you have the right to not offer them any help in that quest.

Right to Representation

You also have a right to an attorney, and your communications with that attorney are privileged, i.e., they cannot be disclosed to a third party; in order to retain that privilege, however, make sure no one else is present in the room when you are speaking with your attorney on confidential issues. In that instance, the privilege may be broken, and your words (and possibly admissions) may be used against you in court.
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Your case

Your Worker’s Compensation Claim

ALL ABOUT YOUR WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIM

A Worker’s Compensation Claim can be one of the most devastating events of a person’s life. The loss of income, physical injury and maze of the claims process can be a nightmare to the injured person unfamiliar with the process. At Titus & Murphy we help injured persons through the Worker’s Compensation maze, dealing with insurance adjusters, rehab nurses,case managers, health care professionals, the Worker’s Compensation Administration, and all the paperwork necessary for you to receive full and fair compensation. We will help you answer these important questions:

Workbook for Injured Worker’s in New Mexico

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a system of insurance that protects workers and employers from some of the losses caused by on-the-job accidents and job-related illnesses.

Workers’ compensation provides:

  1. payment for medical care resulting from a work-related injury;
  2. payment of money directly to the worker if the worker is unable to work and earn a paycheck for more than seven days or if the worker continues to work at lower pay. In almost all cases, these benefits are temporary. These payments will keep the injured worker and the worker’s family minimally financially secure while the worker is unable to work, until the worker’s medical condition becomes stable.
  3. Payments of money directly to the worker for an extended time or for life if the worker is permanently injured with specific, serious injuries.

What if I do not want workers’ compensation, can I just sue?

In most instances no. Workers’ compensation is considered the exclusive remedy for on-the-job accidents or work related injuries. “Exclusive remedy” means that when a worker is injured in an accident covered by the workers’ compensation statutes, the worker cannot sue the employer in regular court.

In certain instances if there is a third party involved, whom may have been liable for the accident, the worker may be able to collect workers’ compensation from the employer and sue the third party. However, the worker will have to reimburse the employer under a complex formula prescribed by the New Mexico highest courts.

How do I notify my employer?

Notice to the employer of an on-the-job-accident is important because a worker’s failure to provide the employer with timely notice of an accident may preclude recovery.

Any worker claiming to be entitled to compensation from any employer must give notice in writing to his employer of the accident within fifteen days after the worker knew, or should have known, of its occurrence, unless, by reason of his injury or some other cause beyond his control, the worker is prevented from giving notice within that time, in which case he shall give notice as soon as may be reasonably be done and at all events not later than sixty days after the occurrence of the accident. No written notice is required to be given where the employer or any superintendant or foreman or other agent in charge of the work in connection with which the accident occurred had actual knowledge of its occurrence.

The employer is obligated to place in a conspicuous place a notice that advises the workers of the fifteen day notice requirement. In addition, the employer is also required to provide a preprinted form that allows the worker to note and briefly describe the accident and sign his name to fulfill the written notice requirement.

What if they will not pay me?

Contact an attorney immediately to discuss your case

Your Criminal Case

ALL ABOUT YOUR CRIMINAL CASE

A criminal charge can be one of most devastating events of a person’s life. The threat of jail or probation and the maze of the criminal process can be a nightmare to the person unfamiliar with the process. At Titus & Murphy we help persons who are accused of crimes deal with police, prosecutors, the courts, and all the paperwork necessary for you to receive fair treatment and a just result. A criminal charge can be one of most devastating events of a person’s life. The threat of jail or probation and the maze of the criminal process can be a nightmare to the person unfamiliar with the process.

At Titus & Murphy we help persons who are accused of crimes deal with police, prosecutors, the courts, and all the paperwork necessary for you to receive fair treatment and a just result. We help our clients with the five common criminal tracts:

  • Citations in Municipal Court
  • Misdemeanor case filed in Magistrate Court
  • Felony case filed in Magistrate Court
  • Misdemeanor or felony (usually DUI) filed directly in District Court, or Grand Jury Indictment filed in District Court

Please contact us to discuss the process of resolution of your case.

Your Personal Injury Case

ALL ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

A personal injury claim can be one of the most devastating experiences of a person’s life. Medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life from an automobile accident, oilfield accident, or insurance claim can be a nightmare to the injured person unfamiliar with the process.

At the Titus & Murphy Law Firm, we help injured persons through the myriad of paperwork, dealing with insurance adjusters and bringing the claim so that they receive full and fair compensation. We will help you answer these important questions:

  • What is my case worth?
  • What is liability?
  • How long before we can settle my case?
  • What items can be considered in determining damages?
  • Must we wait to get my car fixed?
    • Please contact us to discuss these and many more aspects of your Personal Injury Claim.

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