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The Traffic Stop: Reasonable And Articulable Suspicion

Posted by William Young | Oct 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court has mandated that in order for a police officer to pull a motorist over for a suspected DUI, the officer must have reasonable suspicion of illegal conduct. However, there is a great deal of disagreement about what constitutes reasonable suspicion that the driver has been drinkin...

What is an "Excessive" DUI?

Posted by William Young | Oct 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most people know that the legal limit in Idaho is .08 but less well known is that another legal limit exists. Not Every DUI is the same. If you are arrested for a DUI and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .20 or higher you will be charged with an “excessive” DUI. A conviction for your ...

Idaho DUI Defense

Posted by William Young | Sep 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are a number of different defenses that can be utilized by a skillful DUI defense attorney to cast reasonable doubt on any DUI investigation. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may be extremely worried about the impact it will have on your life. It is important to remember that an arr...

Idaho's Habitual Offender Statute

Posted by William Young | Sep 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

In Idaho, if a person is convicted of a felony for the third time, he/she will be considered a ‘persistent violator of law. All three felonies do not need to be convictions from within the state of Idaho. Once the person is convicted the third time, he/she will be sentenced to prison for no less...

Is A K9 Sniffing My Car A Search?

Posted by William Young | Sep 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Any person who has been pulled over by an officer for a traffic violation may have their car sniffed by a drug dog during the traffic stop. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Illinois v. Caballes, stated that a drug dog could perform a sniff of a stopped car regardless of the reason for the stop. Accordi...

What Is SLD?

Posted by William Young | Sep 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sheriffs Labor Detail SLD stands for the Sheriffs Labor Detail, sometimes also known as the Sheriffs Inmate Labor Detail (SILD). This is a work crew overseen by the Sheriffs Office made up of low risk offenders who choose to performs public labor rather than serving their sentence actually i...

What to Expect at Your Initial Consultation

Posted by William Young | Sep 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

For many people, their first meeting with an attorney may be the first time in their life that they have had to meet with a lawyer. You have already experienced a range of emotions. You are probably concerned, angry, and nervous. Here are some tips for what to expect and how to make the most out of your consultation.

Can The Police Draw My Blood Without My Permission?

Posted by William Young | Sep 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

The recent arrest of a nurse in Salt Lake City for obstructing a criminal investigation has many people asking the same question - is it legal for the police to take my blood without receiving my permission? According to nation wide news articles (Idaho Statesman article here) the head nurse at...

Drug Recognition "Experts"

Posted by William Young | Sep 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do not plead guilty to a DUI just because a Drug Recognition Expert says you were impaired. A Drug Recognition Expert relies heavily on assumptions and judgment calls. These assumptions are frequently not based on fact, which means they could lead to the arrest of a completely innocent individu...

Why Is Chain Of Custody Necessary?

Posted by William Young | Aug 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chain of custody is necessary for authentication and identification: The individual blood sample was taken from the Defendant; It is the same sample taken in relation to this case; It was properly handled and transported in accordance with lab policy and procedure; It was not contaminated i...

Speed Limits Are Set For Profit...Not Saftey.

Posted by William Young | Aug 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

You might think that speed limits are set for safety. You would be wrong. Across the US probably the most common infraction issued to drivers is for driving faster than the posted speed limit. Most people assume that speed limits control traffic and keep us safe...and, to be fair, for the most ...

Pretextual Stops - Do YOU know why you pulled me over?

Posted by William Young | Aug 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court has mandated that in order for a police officer to pull a motorist over for a suspected crime, the officer must have“articulable and reasonable suspicion” that the driver is engaging in illegal activity. However, there is a great deal of disagreement about what constitutes reaso...

Legislators write the law, NOT LAWYERS!

Posted by William Young | Aug 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

I know I am not supposed to gripe...but here I go anyway! I do not make the law. The legislature makes the law. Complaining to me about how the law is different in other states or getting upset at me because you do not like the law will not change anything! The law is not unfair and no one is pi...

Ada County DUI Trial - NOT GUILTY!

Posted by William Young | Aug 11, 2017 | 4 Comments

Yesterday marked another big DUI win in Ada County. Craig Bell was acquitted of Driving Under The Influence after a one day court trial. Through Mr. Bells own testimony and the testimony of his mother and brother, we were able to provide evidence that Mr. Bells behavior was caused by severe de...

Civil Forfeiture Is Legal Theft...And New DOJ Policy Just Made It Easier

Posted by William Young | Aug 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

"Civil forfeiture is legalized theft." I once heard a judge say this from the bench with a look on his face of utter and complete contempt for such a process. He was right. This is not an issue that most attorneys or judge's disagree on in my experience; This is defiantly not an issue of supporting police or aggressively fighting crime, as the Attorney General would have you believe...It is theft by the people that are meant to protect us in order to help fund their department. Each day we allow it to continue our civil rights erode one step further.

The Not So Civil... Civil Protection Order.

Posted by William Young | Jul 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Civil Protection Orders matters are often ugly. There is a lot of emotion from both sides. People are often looking to drag out all the dirty laundry that they can. If you are looking to fight a Civil Protection Order or have one put in place, you should talk with an attorney first.

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