Defense Representation That Is Trusted, Reliable And Compassionate
Getting charged with a crime can put your future and your freedom in jeopardy. Regardless of the charges you are facing, you can’t afford to entrust your case to a novice attorney or one without significant experience in criminal law. The stakes are simply too high.
Thankfully, in Post Falls and surrounding areas, the legal help you need is just a call away. At North Idaho Law Group, PLLC, we offer comprehensive criminal defense representation informed by diverse experience. Firm founder Dana Bowes worked in the Kootenai County prosecutor’s office while she was attending law school. Today she focuses on defending people accused of crimes. Her commitment to clients and her track record of success has earned her the respect of clients and legal colleagues alike.
Knowledgeable Defense Against A Wide Range Of Charges
We are ready to help you resolve nearly any type of criminal charge or violation, including:
- Drug offenses (possession, intent to distribute, trafficking, etc.)
- Violent crimes (assault, domestic violence, etc.)
- Drunk driving (DUI) charges
- Traffic violations/offenses
- Sex offenses (prostitution, sexual assault, statutory rape and other offenses)
- State and federal felony offenses
- Misdemeanor charges
In addition to receiving ongoing training from groups like the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dana also attends the same training that police officers receive in DUI and criminal law. This gives her insight into how Idaho police enforce DUI and other laws.
Know Your Options – Don’t Act Without First Speaking To A Lawyer
Even if the evidence against you seems strong, it is unwise to choose a plea deal before speaking with an experienced defense attorney. A guilty plea will have consequences that last far beyond whatever your immediate sentence might be.
When you plead guilty, that conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life, limiting important opportunities you might otherwise have. You’ll need to disclose it when applying for a job, seeking a loan, seeking rental housing or applying to college.
Working with a defense attorney cannot always help you avoid conviction, but there is always something an experienced attorney can do to mitigate the consequences you are facing.
Will You Have A Criminal Record If You Successfully Complete Probation?
The answer to this question depends on how your case was resolved. If you plead guilty, there will be a conviction on your record for the rest of your life. However, your attorney may be able to request what’s known as a withheld judgment. If this is granted at the time of sentencing and you meet certain requirements after sentencing, the court can dismiss the case, meaning you won’t have a criminal record.
Will A Conviction Affect Your Right To Own Firearms For Hunting?
This is a common question in Idaho, as so many of the state’s residents enjoy hunting. If you are convicted of a felony, you will be prohibited from owning firearms under federal law. You might also be barred from owning guns if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense. For these and other reasons, it is important to hire a skilled defense attorney as soon as reasonably possible after being arrested.
Discuss Your Case In A Free Initial Consultation
North Idaho Law Group, PLLC, is based in Post Falls, and we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas of Idaho. We offer free initial consultations to prospective clients, including evening and weekend appointments. To speak to an attorney about your rights and legal options, call us at 208-457-4586 or fill out our online contact form.