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Jared Martens is an experienced and hard-hitting litigator who defends you and protects your family from aggressive prosecution. If you are being investigated or have charges pending, it's time to find an attorney who is well-respected by clients, judges and prosecutors alike. Jared Martens has been recognized as one of the preeminent lawyers in Idaho.

Martens Law provides legal representation for an extensive list of criminal charges helping hundreds of clients in Boise, Idaho since 2003. Through our skilled litigation processes and legal counseling we can protect and solve legal problems. We provide free legal consultations to discuss your unique circumstances to determine a defense strategy to help you through your situation. Being charged with a crime is stressful and serious so let us help you today, and you put your difficult legal problem into the trusting hands of an experienced Boise attorney well versed in Idaho criminal law.

Have You Been Criminally Charged?

Idaho's Premiere Criminal Defense Attorney

"Jared Martens is the criminal defense attorney that Idahoans trust when they have been accused of a crime
and need fearless, aggressive, experienced and trustworthy representation."

Martens Law provides legal representation for an extensive list of criminal charges helping hundreds of clients in Idaho since 2003. We are skilled at navigating the Idaho criminal process and we protect our client's interests by solving their challenging legal problems. Every case has unique circumstances that requires a customized legal strategy. Martens Law will provide a FREE initial consultation to determine if we are a good fit for your case and situation.

Being charged with a crime is stressful and serious, so trust your difficult legal problem to an experienced Idaho attorney who will fight for you!

Practice Areas

Boise, Idaho DUI Defense Lawyer

DUI / Alcohol Crimes

Alcohol crimes in Idaho include Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Open Container, Drunk in Public, Carrying a Concealed Weapon While Under the Influence of Alcohol and more.

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Possession of Drugs and Paraphernalia

Possession Paraphernalia / Drugs

Idaho takes a strong stance against the use and dispersement of drugs with potent sentences and fines. Conviction of a drug crime will have a large impact on your future.

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Reckless Driving Defense Attorney

Reckless / Inattentive Driving

Reckless or inattentive driving are serious misdemeanors that can result in loss of your driver's license. Acts of reckless driving include excessive speeding, texting while driving, and racing.

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Disturbing the Peace in Boise, Idaho

Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the peace may not seem like a serious offense. However, a conviction for playing music too loud could result in a fine or six months of jail time.

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Assault and Battery Attorney Idaho

Assault and Battery

An assault and battery charge can be brought against you, even if you were defending yourself. The long-term consequences are severe; fines, jail time, and a permenant criminal record.

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Idaho Fish and Game Violations

Fish and Game Violations

Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a number of regulations and procedures. A violation of these regulations could result in the loss of your license, fines, and / or jail time.

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The Criminal Process Explained

So you’ve been charged with a crime! Let’s take a minute to demystify the criminal process so you know what to expect. We want you to understand what’s ahead of you, so we can spend more of your FREE consultation talking about your case and less talking about processes. Of course, we will answer any questions you may have when you get here!

Criminal charges in Idaho will either be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. A Misdemeanor is generally filed and tried at the magistrate level and can may be punishable by fines, probation and/or jail time in the county jail. A felony may carry much stiffer penalties such as incarceration in the state penitentiary, years of parole and higher limits of restitution. Felonies are tried at the district level.

In Idaho, you can be stopped by an officer and questioned without being arrested. You and/or your property may be searched if the officer has probable cause. If an officer asks your permission for a search, you should respectfully decline. You may still be searched, but we will ask the court to determine if the officer had probable cause to conduct the search. If an officer presents a warrant signed by a judge, you must submit to the search.

All criminal cases begin when an officer completes an investigation, or a citizen files a complaint showing probable cause. Many times, you will receive a summons. A summons requires you to appear before the court on a specific day and time. In the case of violent crimes or more serious matters, A judge will sign a warrant and officers will take you into custody. Officers may also make an arrest if they witness a crime or if they have probable cause of a felony.

When you appear in court at your first hearing, you will be advised of your rights. If you do not have representation, this is when the court will give you an opportunity to obtain legal counsel. If you cannot afford legal counsel the court will determine whether to appoint a public defender, based on a financial review. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you will enter a plea; however, if you have been charged with a felony, you will not be allowed to enter a plea until your arraignment.

After a felony arraignment, you must determine if you want a preliminary hearing. Many attorneys describe the preliminary hearing as a way for the court to screen cases that cannot be proven at trial. This part of the criminal process can be frustrating to the accused because the hearing appears to heavily favor the prosecution. It’s easy for you to feel “robbed” of their ability to complete detailed cross-examination at the hands of a witness that is misquoted or a piece of evidence that is misunderstood. However, he preliminary hearing may be your best chance for the judge to reduce your charges.

Finally, if your case is “bound over” to the district court on a felony charges, you will appear for an arraignment before a district judge. You will again be advised of your rights, be allowed to enter a plea, and then bond will be set if it has not been done already. If you plead not guilty, the court will also set the case for trial.

At his point, we will prepare for trial by conducting our investigation, reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses.

At trial, we will present a vigorous defense and execute our strategy. Our goal is to exonerate your name and clear you of any wrong-doings. If you are found not guilty, you will be released, and the case will be closed.

If you are found guilty or if you pleaded guilty during your arraignment, the judge will order a presentence investigation. The investigator will present a report to the judge that will help him determine the appropriate sentence. After all of the information has been reviewed then the judge will pronounce the terms of your sentence.

Our law firm takes an aggressive approach to criminal law, seeking to obtain the best outcome possible in every legal case. Our criminal attorney can resolve the matter economically and with the least stress by negotiating with the district attorney, or arranging to have charges dismissed altogether. However, Mr. Martens is well prepared Idaho criminal lawyer to go to trial with the goal to see that your legal rights are represented fairly.

Since 2003, Martens Law Office has provided legal counsel to countless clients in a wide variety of legal matters throughout the state of Idaho. We understand that each case is unique and circumstances vary. We offer a free consultation to determine a defense strategy and help you with your situation.

Attorney Jared Martens cares deeply about his clients' future. Mr. Martens examines each case with a problem solving approach and provides straightforward advice and counsel in terms you will understand.

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