Schofield and Young Blog

Welcome to the Schofield and Young blog! Below you will find posts that cover a wide variety of topics centered around Idaho Criminal Defense, including:

  • Criminal Defense Strategies
  • Idaho DUI Defense Topics and DUI Laws
  • Answers to Common Questions
  • Advice For Criminal Defendants and Their Families
  • Boise (Ada County) Specific Criminal Defense Issues
  • Idaho Law and Any Changes
  • Idaho Supreme Court Decisions
  • High Profile Idaho Criminal Cases 
  • Firm Case Results
  • Observations Made By Our Attorneys
  • And Anything Else We Think Might Be Important To The Idaho Community

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Trial Win in Ada County!

Posted by William Young | Sep 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Last week Will Young went to battle for one of our clients - and won! Nearly a year of work representing our client on a charge of Misdemeanor Reckless Driving culminated in a one day trial. By the end of the day our client received a long awaited verdict: not guilty. This was a hard fought case ...

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Understanding Self Defense in Idaho

Posted by Christi Schofield | Dec 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is Self Defense in Idaho? Self defense is an affirmative defense against a violent crime. This means the defendant admits to doing the violent act but argues there was a legal justification for it.  The attorneys at Schofield Young PLLC understand how challenging it is to be facing crimina...

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What Happens If You Violate Your Interlock Device?

Posted by William Young | Sep 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today we have a guest article written by Lauren McDowell. If you have been approved for a restricted driving program, an interlock installation will be required. If you are like most people, one of the pressing questions you'll probably ask is “What happens if I violate my interlock device?” T...

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Punishments for Reckless and Inattentive Driving

Posted by Christi Schofield | Jul 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor, not an infraction. Any person can be cited for reckless driving for: (1) driving carelessly or without undue caution and at a speed or in a manner likely to endanger any person or property or (2) passing when there is a line in his or her lane indicating a sight distance restriction (i.e., a double line indicating no passing). See Idaho Code 49-1401(1). If witnessed by an officer, you can be arrested for this offense.

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Idaho Mandatory Minimums For Drug Offenses

Posted by William Young | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Drug Offenses In Idaho Several Idaho drug offenses carry mandatory minimum punishments. This means that the judge must send the defendant to prison for at least the minimum sentence - no possibility of probation or a rider. Trafficking is considered the most serio...

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Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence During Quarantine

Posted by Christi Schofield | Mar 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Health officials say that home is the safest place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, that’s not necessarily true for victims of violence and abuse. Isolation forces victims into uncomfortable and unsafe circumstances. That is why the frequency and severity of domestic abuse will likely increase due to quarantine amid COVID-19. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, our heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Please consider the following local and national resources available and/or call our firm today for a free consultation to determine your legal options going forward.

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Meridian PD Twice as Likely to Arrest for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

Posted by Christi Schofield | Feb 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to the article, people are more than twice as likely to be arrested by Meridian PD for misdemeanor marijuana possession than any other law enforcement agency in Ada County. Between May and December of 2019, 65 people were booked into the Ada County Jail for misdemeanor marijuana possession and/or paraphernalia, and of those 65 people, 38 were arrested by the Meridian PD. And of those 38 arrests, 21 involved a driver or passenger of a vehicle.

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The Difference Between Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies

Posted by Christi Schofield | Dec 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Idaho, there are three classes of charges: (1) infractions; (2) misdemeanors; and (3) felonies. An infraction is defined as a “civil public offense” and is not considered a crime. An infraction is resolved by the payment of a fine less than $300 and does not involve any jail time. The fine amount for each infraction is set by statute and cannot be adjusted.

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ANOTHER Big Win For William Young And Associates!

Posted by William Young | Nov 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Case Type: Felony Possession of A Controlled Substance x 2, Felony Weapons Charge, Felony Introduction of Contraband Into Jail, Misdemeanor Possession of A Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Para.   Jurisdiction: Elmore County District Court   Result: All Evidence Suppre...

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