Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Pocatello & Southeast Idaho Clients
At the Law Office of Stratton P. Laggis, PLLC, we have extensive experience litigating felonies and misdemeanors of all varieties and are proud to provide our exemplary services to clients in need of quality representation.
We believe in providing our clients with effective and personalized legal representation, as well as fostering a collaborative environment based on honesty and open communication.
If you or someone you know is currently facing criminal charges, don’t hesitate to call us. The sooner you take action, the better chance you have of achieving a positive outcome. We relish the opportunity to help the great people of southeast Idaho in any way we can.
DUI/DWI or drunk driving is a serious offense. In addition to the danger involved with driving in an impaired state, a DUI/DWI charge comes with a hefty bill. You may find yourself paying for court costs, license reinstatement, substance abuse classes, increased insurance costs, all while losing needed wages. Many conservative estimates place a first offense anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000, not including legal fees.
That said, working with a capable and knowledgable Idaho criminal defense attorney offers you a shot at a better outcome. We will examine your arrest record and look for any weaknesses, inconsistencies, or policy violations on the part of law enforcement that could invalidate charges against you. It is also possible that we may be able to have your charge reduced to reckless driving. Whatever the situation, we are on your side every step of the way.
Under Idaho state law, theft is committed any time a person intentionally deprives another of their personal property, either through force, deception, and/or extortion. If the monetary value of the stolen property is below $1,000, the defendant may face a misdemeanor “petty theft” charge. Punishments for misdemeanor theft charges typically result in a fine not exceeding $1,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year.
Grand theft is a far more serious offense. In addition to stealing any property worth more than $1,000, a person may be charged with grand theft if they steal a firearm of any value, livestock worth more than $150, and any kind of banking instrument, such as a credit or debit card. A grand theft conviction comes with a fine not exceeding $5,000 and/or a prison sentence anywhere between 1-14 years.
Domestic Assault & Battery
Under Idaho state law, assault is any attempt to cause physical injury to another person. In other words, assault can result from something as simple as attempting to strike someone with your hand and missing. Assault also occurs in cases where the victim of an intentional act and/or threat feels afraid of impending violence. Threatening to harm someone — i.e. “I’m going to break your arm” — is grounds for assault if the assailant can be reasonably expected to carry out the act.
By contrast, Idaho state law considers battery to be actual physical contact, such as punching another person or striking someone with an object — in other words, the intentional infliction of injury to another. Striking another person with a fist or pushing someone are obvious examples of simple battery.
If a defendant is facing an aggravated assault and/or battery charge (i.e. assault and battery with a weapon or harmful substance), they are looking at a felony and punishment ranging between 1-15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000, depending on the offense. It’s important to speak with a Pocatello domestic assault lawyer as soon as possible if you or a loved one is facing a potential domestic assault charge.
Let’s Get to Work
We get it. There is nothing fun (or easy) about criminal defense cases. The fear of losing your rights or freedom is sometimes too much to bear. That’s why the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Stratton P. Laggis, PLLC are so devoted to making the legal process as painless as possible for our clients, regardless of the issues they’re facing. If you are currently in need of criminal defense, put our years of experience in your corner and contact us today to get started.