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Speeding Tickets In Idaho - Read Before You Call!

Posted by William Young | Feb 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Idaho Speeding Tickets I get calls nearly every day from people looking to fight traffic tickets in Idaho. Many of these people are from out of state or have never received an Idaho traffic citation before. I wanted to write this post in order to clear up any misconceptions and answer the questi...

Defenses to Criminal Charges

Posted by William Young | Jan 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here are some common defenses that criminal defendants raise. To convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In order to present their own side of the case, criminal defendants can employ a number of strategies to prevent this result. Below I have lis...

DUI While Riding A Horse??? I Have So Many Questions...

Posted by William Young | Dec 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most of the time people are arrested for DUI during the operation of a car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or ATV. Every now and again you even hear stories of DUI while operating a bicycle. DUI on a horse was a new one for me...  53 year old, Donna Byrne of Lakeland, Florida was charged and arreste...

Avoid A DUI - Or Worse - This Holiday Season.

Posted by William Young | Dec 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happy Holidays! I hope that many of you get the opportunity to take some time away from work and enjoy the company of friends and family. For many, holiday celebrations often involve alcohol. This can lead to problems when people choose to drive home from those ugly sweater parties. In fact, t...

Defining Paraphernalia

Posted by William Young | Nov 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pursuant to Idaho law, It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale...

How Much Marijuana Is A Felony In Idaho?

Posted by William Young | Nov 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Idaho Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal in Idaho but can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case. See: Idaho Code Ann. § 37-2705(d)(22) Possession Posses...

Law Enforcement Is Watching - Avoid A Thanksgiving DUI

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

The days before, during, and directly after Thanksgiving Day are some of the busiest for travel in the US. More traffic means more stress, more accidents, and a much higher police presence. Thanksgiving Day has earned the title “Deadliest Day of the Year” due to the high number of fatal car acci...

Big Win In Boise County!

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

I had a big win in Boise County this week. In a DUI case, I was able to convince the Court to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of the illegal and unjustified stop of my clients vehicle. The Court agreed that the stop was in violation of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1 § 17 of the Idaho Constitution. As all or nearly all the evidence against my client was obtained as a result of this stop, I anticipate that the Boise County Prosecutor's Office will be filing a motion to dismiss the charge here shortly.

Will I go to jail if convicted on a first DUI charge?

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

Each DUI case is unique. The facts of the case, criminal record of the defendant, the county of conviction, and damage done (if any) during the commission of the crime will all be important factors leading to the sentence imposed by the court for a conviction. No one can promise a specific result; anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you a false bill of goods. That being said based upon my experience I can give you a general idea of what a "standard" first DUI conviction entails.

What to do if you are pulled over or arrested for DUI

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

While no one expects to be stopped and charged with drunk driving, it is a common charge in Idaho. Below is some information to help you if you are pulled over or charged with DUI in Idaho. Keeping Silent One of the most important things that you should do if you are arrested for drunk driving,...

Fundamental Rights Of A Criminal Defendant

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

Listed below are the 15 primary federal constitutional rights guaranteed to criminal defendants in the United States to promote fair trials. The right to due process of law The right to equal protection under the law The right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure The right agains...

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...

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