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Why does the United States have the highest incarceration rate in the world? Is there something inherently wrong with Americans (we’re just bad people?) or is there something wrong with the criminal justice system? A report from the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017, tries to help us answer those question[…]
Curt McKenzie, as a member of the State Senate, serves on a committee to reform the public defense system in Idaho. Here is the link to the Spokesman Review article form our November 10, 2015 hearing.
The State had charged our client with injury to child and resisting and obstructing arrest. After we reviewed the discovery we filed a motion to dismiss the charges because they police had conducted a warrantless search of our client’s home without justification and charged her with resisting and obstructing merely for refusing to speak with[…]
“I’ve had several cases over the last ten years. Some charges were dropped and some led to convictions including my last crime that occurred in prison (staff assault). A lot of the details of my history could be confusing. Darren… got my PSI and got everything sorted out to present to the Board. Another thing[…]
Another quote from a happy client: “McKenzie Law Office was very professional in the handling of my case. I believe they represented me to the best of their ability, as I believe I received the best possible outcome I could have received.” -Nathan M.
McKenzie Law Offices got dates for four of our five parole clients this week. We dealt with some complex issues such as recent DOR’s, mental health problems, and violent underlying crimes. Our success was largely due to the preparation work we were able to do with our clients to help them communicate effectively with the[…]
McKenzie Law represented Michael N. and Robert B. before the Idaho Commission of Pardon and Parole this week. The Commission granted dates to them both. Pre-hearing preparation was crucial in both cases due to recent DORs and to help them communicate effectively with the commissioners. We are extremely happy when we can help bring freedom and liberty[…]
In Idaho, if you are arrested for DUI–driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances–and fail an evidentiary test by having an alcohol concentration over the legal limit, the arresting officer will serve you with a “Notice of Suspension.” This notice is an Idaho Transportation Department imposed Administrative License Suspension (ALS suspension), issued in accordance[…]
A retained jurisdiction or “Rider” lets the court retain jurisdiction over an offender. Under Idaho Code 19-2601(4), a judge can suspend the execution of the judgment for up to a year or, if the prisoner is a juvenile, until the juvenile reaches twenty-one years of age. During the period of retained jurisdiction, IDOC determines the placement[…]
Last week we represented a client coming before the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole for the first time. He had many DORs (disciplinary write-ups) when he first entered IDOC, but our major concern was two recent DOR’s just months before his hearing. Based on our experience, we had a good idea of what questions[…]
In February, McKenzie Law Offices, PLLC went to jury trial on behalf of a client accused of Felony Aggravated Assault, Felony Domestic Battery with Traumatic Injury, and Domestic Battery in the presence of a Child. The State also charged our client with attempting to influence a witness and three counts of violating a no contact order[…]
In January 2015, McKenzie Law Offices, PLLC represented 7 clients before the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. We obtained dates for 6 of our clients. We are happy for every client we can return to their families.
In a federal civil rights lawsuit, McKenzie Law Offices obtained a $900,000 judgment on behalf of its client. The case involved a police officer who used his position as a school resource officer to groom and then molest a teenager. The court awarded $225,000 in compensatory damages and $675,000 in punitive damages.
Canyon County Prosecutors dismissed aggravated battery charges after McKenzie Law Offices argued that it was too late in the process to amend to new charges. Instead, the prosecutors dismissed the case entirely and refiled as mayhem charges. http://www.idahopress.com/members/charges-to-be-refiled-against-man-suspected-of-biting-woman/article_02355c5a-5c02-11e4-95b8-c7336d6fbf07.html
A sentence of custody to the Idaho state board of correction suspends the civil rights of the person, including the right to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm. Upon final discharge (completion of imprisonment, probation or parole), a person convicted of any Idaho felony shall be restored the full rights of citizenship, except that a person[…]
On September 16, parole client Alik T. was granted probation immediately upon completion of his fixed term. Alik had a long indeterminate sentence (20+ years indeterminate) and immigration issues, because he was a refugee from the former U.S.S.R. We helped him prepare his statements to the parole commission and anticipate their questions. We also responded to specific[…]
As a member of the Idaho Legislature’s Public Defense Reform Interim Committee, I am looking at ways to ensure that the State of Idaho does its constitutional duty with respect to representation of the indigent. A copy of the agenda is attached here. Meetings are open to public, and you are encouraged to attend.
“Let me start by saying thank you. I can not even begin to thank you for taking my problems and making them yours. Curt, I owe you more than just money for representing me. You have given me a second chance at life… I have you guys and God to thank for this whole outcome.[…]
“Just thought I’d drop you a line and say THANK You for helping me out and being at my parole hearing on June 16th…. It is smart to have an attorney at these hearings… Also your coaching was great … I have told other offenders to get lawyers for their parole hearings … ” Charles[…]
The Washington Post reports that a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled that privacy rights are not sacrificed to Twenty-First Century technology (link here)
Jackson McKenzie creates the world’s largest M&M mosaic
According to the National Research’s Council’s 464 page report, reported on by the Washington Post, April 30, 2014, (link here), the cost of the “war on drugs” in the United States — for families, communities, state budgets and society — has simply not been worth the benefit in deterrence and crime reduction.