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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Idaho on
Q: Police harassment file a civil lawsuit and sue for damages

I was pulled over on a highly bs traffic stop. So much so that my case is being dropped. The reason I was pulled over was because I was from oregon in idaho late at night. I've had several people comment on the fact that they were disappointed that they didn't find more Marijuana because... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

The question, the ONLY question is . . . did the officer have a "reasonable suspicion" that the driver of the car (son) had done something that the officer could give him a citation for? If the answer to that question is "yeah, the cop said my son was speeding but he never even gave... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Why would co defendant be in a discovery but there is no co defendant in the case ?

I am following the Bryan Kohbergers case and a lot of people are curious as to why a co defendant was listed in the discovery but there there is no co defendant ?

I’ve heard it is just how they do the legal discovery could you explain why they list this when there is actually no co defendant ?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

My experience in dealing with prosecution offices is that the first Discovery Responses they send out are akin to a sawed off shotgun approach, they're going to list every, single human being who they talked to or originally thought they might want to talk to. It's kind of like a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I'm a felon from 25 years ago for drug possession.

I was served with a search warrant for a stolen laptop which I had bought from this person not knowing that it was stolen. During the search they found 26 rifles and apparently 3 were stolen. Again not knowing that they were stolen. I was charged with 26 counts of illegal firearms possession and 4... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

If you are a felon, you may not possess a firearm, period. Regarding the laptop . . . what kind of computer was it? Did you pay full price for it? Did you pay a fair, used price for it? What questions did you ask the seller before buying it? Did the seller "dump" it for a hundred... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Is evideñce collected by an out of jurisdiction officer admissable in an Idaho court

An out of jurisdiction officer while in another county without authorization collected evidence in an unrelated case from which he was initially investigating

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

Yes, it will be admissible in court, if the information is not "hearsay," and the prosecutor can lay the proper evidentiary foundation to introduce it. Most cities and surrounding cities, have "compacts" or "agreements" that each can work "temporarily" in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: What does it mean if someone public online record shows “warrant returned-no service”do they still have a active one?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

Yes it means that they couldn't find the individual, but nothing but a line that says, "warrant recalled" will mean that there is no longer a warrant. Good luck to you!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: If I got pulled over in idaho for speeding but never got ticket for speeding but got poss of paraphernalia is that legal
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

This is a good time to learn about Idaho and the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. A police officer has been endowed with a limited amount of discretion. He is not required to ticket someone for the "reasonable suspicion" reason that he pulled him over for, but he should if he wants... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I got a possession of paraphernalia with intent to use charge in kootenai county

If I plead guilty what is the chance that I will only get a fine or fine and unsupervised probation

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

Possession with Intent (to sell, distribute) is a felony in Idaho. It carries a maximun sentence of 7 years of prison. If you have NO other crimes in your jacket, then you MIGHT be able to get a probation offer. That also might be contingent on you completing 60-90 days in custody going through... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: Need some one that handles police misconduct claims for damages / criminal defense

Have a criminal charge stemming from a really bad traffic stop call. The whole traffic stop threw arrest and release and still going and being monitored have been very poorly handled and quite frankly very qurationble have CT datw 12-12 2022 and my defense lawyer passed away

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 2, 2023

You need to do the following:

1. Determine whether the offending officer was a Boise City cop; or an Idaho State Trooper. This is important because you can look up the "Idaho Tort Claims Act," and it says you only have 180 days from the day you "should have been able to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: What do I need to file with the courts, in order to have my case placed on the judges calendar for a sentence reduction?

When I was sentenced my judge told me after probation to come back and see him and he would ammend my charge. Charge is from 2015 I completed probation in 2020. I have called the clerks and they say I have to file something in order to have my case placed on the calender, and also that I have to... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 2, 2023

In Boise, Idaho, where I practice, it is sometimes necessary for me to call repeatedly the Clerk and ask that she give me a court date. However, it is ALWAYS after I have filed a MOTION FOR DISMISSAL OF CHARGES, pursuant to URCRP Rule 42 for dismissal. Here's a suggestion:

1. Draft...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: How do I file a motion or application to get an ammendment of judgement under idaho code 19-2604.

At sentencing, my judge and prosecutor both agreed to allow me to have my charge ammended after I completed probation. I just need to know how to FILE for it. Or what form do I need to file, or how do I get a court date to make this happen. It's idaho code 19-2604. I just need the form/s... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 2, 2023

Here's one example you might use:

Comes now the Defendant, ________________, In Propria Persona, and hereby moves this Honorable Court to DISMISS the criminal charges against the Defendant, pursuant to Idaho Code 19-2604.

This motion is made and based on the Court and the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: If someone shot at your house and you took off after them and shot the person ? Why would you serve life for protecting
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Nov 24, 2022

Because of the time he had to “think about” shooting someone. It’s called “premeditation.” Chasing after the shooter in a car, isn’t “defensive,” it “offensive.”

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Does a no contact order apply if charges weren't pressed but the two parties were separated do to a domestic dispute
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Nov 2, 2022

In Idaho there are now 2 types of "stay away" orders. The first is a NO CONTACT ORDER. There is no way to have one of these against you, unless you've been charged with committing a Domestic Battery charge. In other words, it comes attached with a criminal charge. The other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Can you be lawfully charged with murder if the only testimony indicates you shot someone after they pointed a gun at you

and your attacker pulled the gun out and pointed it at you first in your own home.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Murder requires the government to prove that the actor killed another person, intentionally (not while asleep) and did so without being provoked first, and with malice. From your facts, it doesn't seem like any Sr. prosecutor would charge "murder," only to be embarrassed at court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: I need help on probation & parlo questions?

So my baby daddy is on felony probation & he lives with his girlfriend, and I'm there just hanging out and probation & parlo shows up and they find drugs can they detained me if I don't live there ? This is in Boise Idaho

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Yes, police have a reasonable belief that you at, at a minimum, frequenting a location, where drugs are being used, sold or distributed. So, YES, frequenting is a misdemeanor, criminal charge. Are you interested in going to college? I hope you're wealthy, because a charge of paraphernalia... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: If you pass the field sobriety and breath tests can an officer push for a forced draw?

blew 0.00 and was still given a forced draw, then charged and brought before a judge with our the results from the lab.

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

There are 2 sanctioned ways the State can prosecute a DUI. The definition of Driving Under the Influence, is when a driver is seated in the driver's seat with the motor running, and "under the influence" of an intoxicant.

Idaho also as adopted a .08 level of alcohol so as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Idaho on
Q: i was recently pulled over for "speeding" by a state officer, and i said I do not consent to a search, yet he does....

He searches my car, on a hunch he says, even though the stop was for speeding, he finds nothing in my car. The passenger was searched after that, and then booked into jail on a drug possession charge.

I was never ticketed even though the officer pulled me over for "speeding", and... Read more »

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

Police have the right to pull you over, if they get information from Dispatch or their CAD system, telling them that you are suspended or not licensed or if they see (or say they see) you commit a traffic infraction. I file Motions to Suppress, whenever I see a report and the cop SAYS he saw a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Can I hunt with a Bow in the state of Idaho while I'm on probation. I'm on probation for embezzlement.
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Yes. While you're on probation, you may not possess a "weapon," but I believe the Legislature was referring to guns, not bows.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: If a judge does not go along with the plea agreement can you withdraw your plea?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

There is an Idaho Criminal Rule 11. It says:

Notice of Plea Agreement. If a plea agreement is reached by the parties, the court must, on the record, require the disclosure of the agreement in open court or, on a showing of good cause, in camera, at the time the plea is offered. If the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: arrested for DWP and then car searched and drugs found, but have proof that license was valid. Will all charges be drop

They said I was suspended for sr22 lapsing. But I have written proof it did not from dmv.

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

In order for a policeman to pull you out of traffic, the cop must have a valid, articulable suspicion that you are, have been, or are about to commit a crime, even a traffic offense. So, if we judge the cop's actions in pulling you over, we must look at the information he/she had about you,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Idaho on
Q: Is it illegal for a 19 year old to drink nonalcoholic beers or drinks?

I live in Nampa, Idaho and I know that some nonalcoholic drinks are treated the same as alcoholic drinks, so if someone is not able to prove they're 21 and older then they'll be refused of service. So my main question is, is it illegal for a young adult below the legal drinking age to... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 25, 2022

Of course. If you substitute the words "non-alcoholic beverages" for "water," the answer would make more sense. Idaho law prohibits those under twenty-one (21) from consuming alcohol. So, what I think you might be talking about is if you were stopped by police or they... Read more »

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