Q: My son has 2 criminal complaints filed against him but neither the court or sheriff dept will disclose any info. Why?
My son has 3 untried criminal cases in Boise, Idaho. He is currently incarcerated in a California prison. I discovered he has 2 new criminal complaints filed that I have inquired about with the County Clerk, the Sheriff Dept and Police Dept as to what charges are being made against him in these 2 complaints. The Court informed me that the information was not available at this time, to contact law enforcement, of which I have done. Both law enforcement divisions adviced me to contact the court. The investigation should be complete if they have been filed with the court and have court docket numbers. They should be public record and available for public view. Why can't I review the case files or be informed of the charges they hold?
In Idaho and a growing number of jurisdictions, the courts have changed systems to the new, so called "icourt" system. If actual charges have been filed then there will be generated a case number. Once the case number has been assigned you should be able to look up your son's case number(s) and see:
1. The nature of the charges
2. The assigned magistrate
3. Any court dates scheduled
This should be available JUST as quickly as a case number is assigned. Don't bother calling the Sheriff's Office - they're just as likely to be ignorant as obstreporous.
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