Criminal Law

As an Idaho criminal defense attorney, I have with passion, dedication, and success, representing those facing prosecution for various crimes ranging from All Misdemeanors, All forms of DUI’s, All Felonies and Manslaughter Cases.

No case should ever be considered too small or inconsequential when talking about your freedom.

Being prosecuted for a criminal offense is something that no one is prepared for, and it can literally turn your life upside down.

Facing criminal charges is intimidating to say the least, and without the representation of a seasoned aggressive criminal defense, the consequences can be quite severe.

The selection of the right criminal defense attorney will likely be one of the most important decisions one will ever make, so it is critical to do your research and choose wisely.
When unfortunate enough to be charged with a crime it can seem like a nightmare without end. Your very freedom, reputation and dignity are on the line, and what you need is an aggressive attorney that is experienced, successful and well regarded in criminal defense.

I cannot guarantee the outcome of a particular matter. My successful record of representation illustrates my unyielding commitment to excellence in advocating my clients’ causes. My results also illustrate the experience and dedication I bring to each and every client and what my primary goal as an advocate always is, and would be for your cause, excellence in representation and the very best possible result. Each cause is different; some benefit from going to jury trial, some from pretrial strategy and negotiations. I am experienced and successful at both. 

Probation Violation Charges

Don’t Go Undefended if Your Freedom is Threatened
If you have been accused of a probation violation, you could be forced to serve out your full suspended sentence in jail or prison. You need someone on your side whose only job is to protect your rights and work toward getting you the best result possible.

John Sutton represents clients when they have been accused of a probation violation. Attorney John Eric Sutton can work with you, your probation officer, the prosecution and the court to help find the best possible solutions, and work toward preventing escalated penalties.

Your Terms of Probation
When a person is being sentenced by a judge, the judge is often asked to consider whether a probationary or community control period would be sufficient to punish the individual and protect society.

When you were placed on probation or community control, you were advised of the conditions of that supervision. The prosecuting attorney is now alleging that you have violated those conditions by intentionally and materially breaking the rules. Consequently, you run the risk of having that probation or community control violated.

Your Violation Hearing
A judge signed a warrant for your arrest. Now that you’ve been arrested, you have the right to a violation hearing to determine whether you have intentionally and materially violated the rules of your probation or community control.

You will be brought before a judge and provided a copy of the charges against you. You will be asked if you admit or deny the violation. If you deny the violation, your matter will be set for a hearing before a judge. You have the right to an attorney to represent you at the violation hearing. Since you do not have a right to a trial by jury at the violation hearing, you will want an experienced attorney to guide you through the hearing process.

If you admit the violation, that is the same as pleading guilt to the violation and the judge will impose a sentence. Because people who violate their probation or community control are almost always looking at a certain period of incarceration, it is very important that you have the advantage of having consulted with a competent attorney regarding the options available to you.

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