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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: my husband in in jail for two days and will be brought to the court tomorrow. He has got dimentia or some disfunction

He won't get help and I fear for my life. Can we file something with his mental and start divorce? He wants to hurt me after 55 years of caring for him and it has come to this. I am truly scared of him. What are my rights?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 20, 2022

Idaho Code allows a Petitioner to seek out a Civil Protection Order. All you need to do is go into the Clerk's Office and ask for Civil Protection papers, and the Clerk will give them to you. They might even have a "Court Assistance Office" to help you fill out the papers. Once... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: What does a officer mean by not enough substantial evidence but still has to write a report? Could it be dismissed?

My sister hit my husband in eye with a box so he asked for an apology she rolled her eyes at him so he took the box and lightly tapped her on the head. Now she went to hospital claims she has a concussion and is overly dramatizing the whole thing. She is playing victim and the officer asked our... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

When family fights happen, the responding officer has to be a "fact finder" in the field. His agency might have a regulation he has to follow, to "write a report on every domestic call." That may be why he told you that he is going to "write a report." His... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Is my real estate brokerage sueing me?

How can i tell if my realtor/brokerage i was using is going after me? I have signed termination papers, a few months ago. And now they are bringing stuff up into my personal life as if they are coming after me.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Okay, correct me if my recitation of facts is incorrect: you worked for a realtor? You quit, a few months ago? They are "coming after you," for something? And, they are using facts from your personal life to "come after you?" If these facts are correct, then this is my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Someone handed a police officer possession of drug paraphernalia and said it was mine. Is that legal?

The cop asked to search my car, I said no my dad just did for 30 mins and found nothing. My mom pulls up along with my ex husband. Cop is off to the side talking to ex & magically my mom pulls out paraphernalia "from my car" in 10 seconds and starts going crazy. Ex says "Its my... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

First of all, if you would use a few commas, and periods, in your question, if would be much easier to decipher what you're asking. However, let me see if I can restate what your question is: you were pulled over, while driving your father's vehicle? Officer asks your permission to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: What do u do if the person gave u their card and pin number and gave permission and is now charging u
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

This is a question for the jury - what "permission" was reasonable to believe this generous person gave you. If the "giver" is believed, then the jury will probably convict you of theft. If you are believed, and the jury believes that the giver actually gave you permission to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Banking and White Collar Crime for Idaho on
Q: If someone shows you a fake bank document, but dont use it for anything, is it still illegal?

Someone showed me a fake bank document, but are not using it.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 1, 2022

What kind of "bank document" did he/she show you? If it was a bankcard and was used to access the money in the bank under the person's name, then it is ILLEGAL and prosecutable. If it was someone else's bank statement, it is called FRAUD, if it was utilized to obtain a loan.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Does a conflict of interest exist if a prosecutor is related to the "victims" in a criminal case.

The prosecutor Anson Call in Power County Idaho was related to the "victims" of a burglary case. He was also related to a jury member who became the foreman. Niether relationship was disclosed before or during trial.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 1, 2022

Conflict of Interest is a serious problem in small counties. The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct are often consulted by these prosecutors prior to initiating prosecutions, but sometimes it is "overlooked" due to practical considerations, such as money or lack of money to conflict the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Can information from a case that was dismissed in 2015 be used for as a basis for probable cause in a new case in 2021?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 1, 2022

Yes. Because, just because a case was dismissed a long time ago, doesn't' mean that the information or some of the information in it, isn't still valid today. It is a good question though but before you could challenge the information being used, you need to know exactly what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I need someone to read my character reference to the judge and see if it's ok

Character reference

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 1, 2022

I don't understand what your question is? Please correct me if I am mistaken: you drafted a Character Letter to the Court, but didn't proofread it before sending it and now you would like to get it back to see if it's okay? OR, perhaps your question is: you drafted a character... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: How can I get a discovery packet in Idaho before hiring a lawyer? This is for my fiancé, I am not listed on the case.

He has already been sentenced and is serving his time. We are trying for a post conviction, but lawyers don't seem to want to look at the case without this. The lawyer who represented him won't give us the full discovery packet. I contacted the clerk in the county he was prosecuted, they... Read more »

Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Feb 11, 2022

Part of the problem is that you're not the attorney of record nor the Defendant. I have no idea what the nature of the crime was, but discovery packet could include police reports, body cam, dash cam, witness statements, and minute entries from the court. The arresting agency may provide... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I was wondering if this is legal

I'm a commercial truck driver I was trucking thru idaho I stopped and took my 10 hour break at the Walmart in Nampa idaho. I arrived at 1200pm noon I was asleep when I was awaken by a Nampa police officer shining a flash light in my window .he said he was there because of a 911 call a truck... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Feb 9, 2022

Foul! Unless he can articulate what crime he believed was committed and the probable cause he had to believe that you were thE person that committed that crime, he has NO business searching your truck without a warrant. Unless he can get your permission to search, he must get a warrant. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: What are the chances of beating 2 L & L charges

You will have to hear the whole situation just to be able to answer this question. But the base is my oldest screamed rape just so she don't have to move. There is a witness to her even stating that is the only reason why she said what she said. The cops even arrested him and forced him to... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 5, 2021

Are you writing as the child's mother? I got a little confused when you mentioned "him." In my book, there is NOTHING worse than an adult male abusing an underage female, period. That is, except a female who would manufacture a charge as serious, as heinous and hideous as lewd... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Idaho on
Q: prosecuting attorney hasn’t contacted me to let me know what’s happening with my case. do i need my own lawyer?

i filed a police report against my ex because she kicked me in the head & the state is pressing domestic battery charges against her. she has pre trial in 3 weeks & online in the court repository it said “notice of defense of alibi” does that mean she’s going to say she was never with... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 5, 2021

You have the right to hire an attorney, if you want to? You are the State's witness and a "victim" pursuant to the Victim's Rights Statute in Idaho. Under that law, you have the right to meaningful notice of how they're handling this prosecution. Be patient, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I have a bench Warrant but have court today. If I show up to court, will I be arrested

My bench Warrant is for non compliance with pretrial services, after missing only one test due to being evicted because of my charge. I called iñ everyday, and missed one test. The probation officer (I'm not on probation) came to my house and forced my mother to UA me. Then filed a bench... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 5, 2021

Its probably too late to answer this question? Did you get arrested? That is pretty typical, especially if you've been on Pre-Trial Release for a drug offense. Just be positive and, if this is your first PV, hopefully the District Court will agree to reinstate you on felony probation. Trick... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Should I sign my rights away for a speedy trial if it's been two years since I got charged

I got pulled over with my ex almost two years ago when we got stopped the cops found methamphetamines in the vehicle which was owned and driven by him. He told the cops everything in the car was mine. I've taken it to trial and have trial in a month. My attorney is now wanting me sign a... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2021

It doesn't matter if you sign the Waiver of Speedy Trial or not. The Idaho Supreme Court has just issued a new Order which says that NO JURY TRIAL SHALL COMMENCE UNTIL DECEMBER, 2021, anyway. So, if you do sign it, your trial will probably be held in April. If you don't sign it, your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Idaho on
Q: If my Husband is sentenced and is paying restitution can the other party file a civil claim and sue him?

He was involved in a car accident where there was a fatality and he was charged with vehicular manslaughter. he is currently in IDOCI Orofino and we have filed an appeal and everytime that I or someone else puts money on his commissary restitution is taken out 20% of the amount submitted. my... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2021

Your question has a couple of issues:

1. Restitution being taken out of his commissary money. This is probably per statute, so there is nothing that you can do about it. Your husband will get out some day and will hopefully have a little, less, restitution that he has to pay, because...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Idaho on
Q: How long can police keep phone as evidence?

I got pulled over driving with suspended

Police ran a drug dog and it hit on passenger said, they searched and nothing (known ex dealer) I had both my babies in car . They then took me to jail and book and release only to return to my car and no phone, no idea what was taken, no clue they... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2021

Police can legally hold "evidence of a crime," for a long as it takes for them to prosecute the passenger and convict him AND for his appeal time (42 days) to run. After that, it should just take a phone call to the Sheriff's Property Locker, for you to retrieve your phone. Be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: i was given a withheld judgement after successful probation. I have now met that probation period how do i file for it?

is there a form i need to fill out to get it done? i want to get the SR22 off my record

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 30, 2021

All you need to do is have your lawyer file a Motion to Dismiss your WHJ! Easy sneezy! Great job!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: My daughter is 17 turns 18 in 2 mo. What are the laws for carrying a juvie charge to a adult?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 20, 2021

Your daughter's juvenile, criminal history is sealed; that is, unless she EVER gets in trouble after she turns 18. If she never gets in trouble no one will ever know about it. However, if she ever gets arrested after turning 18, all of her juvy records will be exposed by the prosecutors, who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Idaho on
Q: Do I have the right to know what evidence was given to establish probable cause submitted to the judge in order to obtai

Do I have the right to know what evidence was given to establish probable cause submitted to the judge in order to obtain a search warrant? Can a police officer just tell a judge that he believes illegal activity is going on at so and so's residence with no basis or evidence for probable cause?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jun 18, 2021

Yes you have the absolute right to know exactly what the police had given the judge before asking the judge to issue a search warrant. Your lawyer will make a Request for Discovery to the State. The State will send your lawyer the Affidavit of Probable Cause, which was typed up and given to the... Read more »

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