William Young and Associates Blog

Welcome to the William Young and Associates 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 State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)

Posted by William Young | Apr 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are in need of an attorney but do not know who to call, the LRS might be a good place to start. This service will help you find an attorney practicing in the Idaho jurisdiction you matter involves who handles legal matters similar to the one you are involved in. What is the Lawyer Referra...

Idaho - What Is Reckless Driving?

Posted by William Young | Mar 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

I have seen the number of Reckless Driving charges increase greatly over the last couple months (This is especially true in Elmore, Ada, and Canyon counties). This is a charge that often causes a great deal of confusion. As such, I thought it would be useful to provide a little information ab...

Idaho Probation Violations

Posted by William Young | Mar 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

As an alternative to jail time, a judge may impose a period of probation on a defendant when a found guilty. Probation allows the defendant to be out in the community but subject to certain conditions for an assigned period of time. Some common requirements of probation may be: meeting with a pro...

The Benefits Of A Private Criminal Attorney

Posted by William Young | Mar 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Being charged with a crime, regardless of the severity, is a life changing and very serious event. As I always say it is important to understand what the implications will be from what you are charged with. Therefore, it is important to have someone on your side that will protect your rights an...

What Is A Presentence Investigation (PSI)?

Posted by William Young | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

In most felony cases a Presentence Investigation, or PSI, is completed after a defendant is found guilty or enters a guilty plea but prior to sentencing. It is up to the defendant to determine how much, if at all, they want to cooperate with the PSI process. However, the terms of most plea deals ...

What is Expungement in Idaho?

Posted by William Young | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

After adjudication, the formal judgement on a matter of contention, a juvenile has the opportunity to use the right of expungement. Expungement allows the records related to a juveniles criminal case, such as, Law enforcement investigatory reports Fingerprint records in the custody of any ...

What is the difference between Jail and Prison?

Posted by William Young | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jail and prison are ideologically the same thing: to take away the privilege of freedom. If you have been found guilty of a crime, and your punishment entails serving jail or prison time, then you have lost your privilege to freedom. You will be placed in a facility that restricts your access to ...

I Am "Young"

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

Today, I was in a meeting speaking to a potential client and her family. As the meeting was coming to a close I asked if anyone had any further questions I could answer. The potential client sat there looking like something was just on the tip of her tongue, waiting to get out. I immediately knew...

Understanding The Criminal Justice System: Part 3

Posted by William Young | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The trial in a criminal case can determine whether a person keeps their freedom or if they do not. This is by far one of the largest steps in the criminal justice system process, but is by no means the end of the process. It is important to understand the steps in this process if you have been ...

Drug Abuse in Idaho: Shifting How We Address this Issue

Posted by William Young | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

It was recently reported that there were more than 60,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2016. In 2017, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports up to 72,000 deaths from drug overdoses. It is a climbing number every year, and as it is already 2019, it is important to continually discuss how we can better treat drug abuse within this country.

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.

Understanding The Criminal Justice System: Part 2

Posted by William Young | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

If a defendant's case, whether a misdemeanor or felony charge, is not resolved with a plea deal, or during a preliminary hearing, then the case will head to a trial where the defendant will be either proven guilty or not guilty of the charges brought against them. The trial itself is a different ...

Understanding The Criminal Justice System: Part 1

Posted by William Young | Jan 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Understanding the Criminal Justice System: Part 1 The criminal justice system can be complex and often intimidating to those new to its rules and processes. This Understanding the Criminal Justice System blog series will help those who have found themselves within this system understand the proc...

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....

What Is Reckless Driving In Idaho?

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

What Is Reckless Driving? Reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle carelessly, heedlessly, without due caution, or at a speed, or in a manner, as to endanger the public or property.   Potential Consequences Of A Reckless Driving Conviction Do not take a reckless driving charge ...

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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