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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Idaho Ignition Interlock Device

Posted by William Young | Nov 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ignition Interlock Device Take a look at this great video displaying the difficulties with ignition interlock devices created by Austin criminal defense attorney Charlie Roadman.   Charlie Roadman's website can be found here:

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What Factors May Affect A Person's BAC Levels?

Posted by William Young | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Going hand in hand with my last post on how eating may affect your BAC, I decided it was important to provide some information on other factors that may influence BAC levels. Several factors can affect a party's BAC levels when drinking. Some of the more popular include: age – as age incre...

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Does Eating Before Drinking Lower My BAC?

Posted by William Young | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

What is BAC? BAC stands for "blood alcohol concentration." This is the measure of the amount of alcohol in someone's bloodstream. Blood alcohol concentration is expressed as a percentage – for instance .08%. The higher the number, the more alcohol there is in a person's bloodstream. So...How Do...

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The New DUI Laws In Idaho Are A Mess And You Should Be Upset

Posted by William Young | Jan 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Starting January 1st, all first time DUI offenders in Idaho will be required to install an interlock device in their vehicle. An interlock device requires the operator to blow into the system before the vehicle will function; if the device finds alcohol in the driver's system the vehicle will not function. Previously, individual judges had the discretion to decide if an interlock device was necessary on a case-by-case basis. For the most part, this meant that interlock devices were only required for repeat offenders.

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Stay Safe On New Year!

Posted by William Young | Dec 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year (Soon)! As 2018 ends and 2019 approaches I am proud of all the things our firm has achieved this year. We added Samantha Mena to our team, moved to new offices, and represented clients in 121 different criminal cases! I doubt 2019 will include quite as much change as 2018 did but....

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DUI: Indicators Of Intoxication

Posted by William Young | Oct 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pursuant to Idaho law, officers must have multiple indicators of intoxication in order to initiate a DUI investigation. The first is almost always "driving pattern" (the reason you are pulled over). The two additional indicators can be anything that makes it more likely you are under the influenc...

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What Happens On A Third DUI In Idaho?

Posted by William Young | Sep 12, 2018 | 2 Comments

A Third Or Subsequent DUI Conviction Can Result In Felony DUI A third DUI violation within five (5) years or a subsequent DUI violation with a previous Felony DUI or Aggravated DUI within ten (10) years, including withheld judgments, is a FELONY Prison Sentence Because it's a felony charge, a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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,...

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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...

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