An Idaho Attorney’s Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


As a criminal attorney in Boise, Idaho, I frequently get asked the same questions on a regular basis.  I have taken those questions and answered them in various places on my website, either as a page or a blog entry.  I keep a running tally of those questions and a link to the answers on this page.  I have also included a summary of questions I answer on at the bottom of this page.  Come back frequently to read my latest answers.

What to do after I have been charged with a crime?

What are the steps of a DUI Case?

What are the steps of a Felony Case?

What are the steps of a Misdemeanor Probation Violation case?

How long does the State have to file criminal charges?

What is a plea agreement?

What is a ‘Rule 11’ plea agreement?

Who can dismiss a criminal charge?

Should I speak to the police? (also here)

Should I plead guilty or not guilty?

What happens to a witness who fails to appear for court?

What does it mean for someone to be sentenced to a ‘rider’?

Can I plead ‘no contest’ in Idaho?

Why is the State still pressing charges when the victim dropped the charges?

How do I bail out of jail in Idaho?

What is a Rule 35 motion? Will it cut my sentence in half?

Why should I hire a criminal defense attorney?

Should I take my criminal case to trial?

What shouldn’t I do once I’ve been accused of a crime?

What is a withheld judgment? (deferred judgment)

When can a police officer frisk somebody?

When can a police officer stop someone in their car?

When can a police officer search my car?

 What does ‘discovery’ mean in a criminal case?

Should I blow into a DUI breathalyzer?   

What happens to my license after I get charged with a DUI?