Should I plead guilty to a DUI?

Your first court date You were arrested for DUI, and now you have a citation that tells you to appear between two dates in court.  For example, it may say to appear between September 12th and September 24th.  When you appear at the courthouse, you are directed to the clerk’s office.  The clerk will ask […]

How can the State charge me if there is no proof?

Can the State charge me without proof? So someone has accused you of wrongdoing, but has not presented any evidence, what now?  How can the State charge you with a crime when it is just one person’s word against yours?  Don’t they need evidence?  Isn’t what they say about me ‘hearsay’?  It is all just […]

Ten Steps of a Divorce Case in Idaho

It may come as a surprise to you, but the chances are that something went wrong in the relationship long before you or your spouse asked for a divorce. Initially, we see a pattern of gradual emotional distancing and erosion of trust between the spouses. Sometimes allegations of infidelity (either real or imagined) follow. Consequently, […]

What happens to a witness (or victim) if they fail to appear for court?

What will happen to a witness (or alleged victim) if the witness fails to show up for court?  It is most commonly a wife, or girlfriend, of a defendant in a domestic violence case that asks this question.  I suspect they are asking this because they hope that their absence from the court will result […]

In Idaho can a police officer make a traffic stop for any reason he wants?

Technically? No.  Practically?  Pretty much. For a police officer to stop your vehicle, he or she must have a reasonable articulable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot.  Absent such reasonable articulable suspicion, the officer must not stop your car. If he or she does it is an unlawful stop. Any court will suppress any evidence […]