Sometimes defendants want to plead guilty and take advantage of an offer by the prosecution, even though they honestly feel that they are not guilty. This usually happens in cases where the prosecution offers a particularly favorable plea settlement, and the defendant believes there is a strong likelihood of being convicted at a jury trial.
Have you recently learned that an arrest warrant has been issued for your arrest in Idaho? Have you been investigated recently and know it’s only a matter of time before a warrant is issued? Usually when a criminal defendant is charged with a crime in Idaho, a warrant for the defendant’s arrest is issued. This […]
Last week I answered the question, what is a rule 11 agreement? Today I answer an even more elusive question, and that is what is a rule 35 motion? Idaho Criminal Rule 35 has reached almost mythical status among those in custody in the jails and prisons of Idaho. Each week I get at least […]
If you’ve spent anytime hanging around a courthouse in Idaho you will probably have heard the term “rule 11” thrown around. This raises the question for those with criminal charges, what is a rule 11?
In 2010 Idaho changed it’s Rape statute to decriminalize consensual sex between young lovers who are within 3 years of one another in age. So if a 19 year old boy has consensual sex with his 17 year old girlfriend, he cannot be charged with Rape. Prior to the change in the law, it would […]
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the case involving the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Much of the controversy surrounds the alleged racial profiling that is believed to have taken place in the case. I have little interest in that subject. I am however very interested in the discussion that has surfaced […]
So you messed up. You are guilty and know you messed up. So, why would you need a criminal defense attorney? You only hire a criminal defense attorney if you are trying to get the case dismissed, right? Wrong!
When your reputation, character and freedom are on the line, nothing will occupy your mind more than the question of whether you should take your criminal case to a Jury Trial. In order to help guide you in your decision making, I’ve outlined some points that you should consider when making this decision.
Defending the Constitution in Idaho through Criminal Defense Thoughts from a Criminal Defender Welcome to my new blog! I’m excited to begin publishing my thoughts on criminal defense in Idaho to all my readers! I’ve tried starting a blog on a couple of different occasions, but the timing just never worked out. This time around […]
I am often surprised at how passionate people get about how wrong a jury verdict is when they know very little about the case. We often see great passion from the general public in verdicts like the infamous criminal trials like the O.J. Simpson trial. People will talk for hours about how wrong the jury […]