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Practice Areas

McConnell Law can help you with a variety of legal issues in the areas of family law, criminal law, and civil law. Located in Boise, McConnell Law is a convenient and inexpensive choice for quality legal help.

Family Law

Criminal Defense

Civil Law

 

If your issue is not listed above, McConnell Law will evaluate your case. If McConnell Law cannot help you, you will be referred to several lawyers Lauren personally recommends in the Boise area.

FAMILY LAW

McConnell Law provides legal representation for divorces, military divorces, child custody, child support, modifications, and child protection cases. The details of each case vary, so having an attorney who pays attention to your case is important. Unlike firms that approach every custody case, or every divorce the same, McConnell Law takes the time to get to know your needs and how best to meet them.

Divorce
Divorce is never easy, but McConnell Law will help you through the process. Divorce will impact your finances, your children, your emotional wellbeing, and you want an attorney with the understanding to help you through this troubling time and look out for your wellbeing. Because divorce is both a legal and emotional process, divorce can be confusing and it is important to get help from an Idaho divorce attorney who knows what must happen for your needs to be met.

Every divorce is different and faces unique challenges. If you have community property, it will need to be divided equitably. If you have separate property, it will need to be distinguished from the community property. Sometimes the division of property is quick, but other times it can be the sticking point in a complicated divorce. If you have children, custody issues and support will need to be worked out. Idaho focuses on the best interest of the child in determining custody matters, and follows the Child Support Guidelines.

How much will it cost?
McConnell Law understands that Divorce is already a difficult process without adding expensive legal fees to your worries. McConnell Law offers easy payment plans customized to your case and ability to pay. You will find McConnell Law more flexible than other firms when financing your divorce, without having to sacrifice quality legal representation. Call today for your free consultation.

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Child Custody & Child Support
Whether determining custody matters in a divorce, or enforcing or modifying a current order for child support or child custody, McConnell Law can assist you.

Child Custody
In a divorce, custody is awarded based on the best interests of the child. McConnell Law will make sure the court has an accurate picture of your child’s best interests. The court will consider the wishes of the child, the wishes of each parent, the relationship of the child with each parent and his or her siblings, the child's adjustment to home, school, and community, the need to promote continuity in the child's life, the relative parental fitness of each parent, and any evidence of domestic violence. The court may consider other factors as well. The court will award both legal custody and physical custody according the best interest of the child.

Child Support
Child support is closely related to child custody, and the non-custodial parent is still responsible for supporting their child. The amount either party pays is determined by the Child Support Guidelines. It is not determined by the gender of either parent. McConnell Law will help you calculate the amount of child support that you or your spouse may pay.

Modification of Child Custody or Child Support
If you currently have an order for child custody or child support that no longer fits your family’s needs, McConnell Law can help you modify the order. Modifications require a substantial and material change in circumstances, which McConnell Law can help you identify. Call McConnell Law today for your free consultation and see if a modification is right for you and your children.

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Pre-Divorce Mediation
If both parties are agreeable to a divorce but want help negotiating a settlement, McConnell Law can help you negotiate a settlement plan. You can then use that plan to file for divorce on your own, known as filing “pro-se” or with the help of another attorney of your choosing. This can dramatically reduce the overall cost of your divorce and potentially make the divorce process quicker. For more information, call McConnell Law today

Military Divorce
McConnell Law will guide you through the difficulties of a divorce when one or both spouses are in the military. Several aspects of divorce are different in a military family, and a knowledgeable and understanding lawyer can help you through the differences.

Money and Kids
The most difficult aspects of divorce –dividing money and children, are even more pronounced in a military family. Frequently, the military lifestyle requires families to relocate, so one spouse may be unemployed or underemployed, increasing the need for spousal support.

Similarly, child custody and visitation can be complicated by relocations and deployments, placing a larger burden of child care on the non-military parent. Often times, a divorce can mean that the spouse and kids must find off-post housing. All of these present unique financial situations for military families.

Pension and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act
Service members who retire after at least 20 years of active service receive a retirement pension for the rest of their lives. Under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, this pension is treated as marital property and can be divided in a divorce. Knowing the actual value of a pension can be critical as well.

In addition to the pension, other assets unique to a military family include the Survivor’s Benefit Plan, a contract for an annuity that replaces the pension if the service member dies. Without a share of the Survivor’s Benefit Plan, a former spouse relying on a share of the pension will lose that income.

Another asset unique to a military marriage is the Service Members Group Life Insurance. In theory, leaving the children as the beneficiaries of the Service Members Group Life Insurance can replace child support in the event of death after remarriage.

Military divorces are complex and without careful attention to details and a clear understanding of military family law, mistakes can be made that impact the rest of your life. Hire McConnell Law to help you through the process, protect your children and protect your financial wellbeing.

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Child Protection & Parental Rights
If you’ve been accused by Child Protective Services (CPS) or if your child is the subject of a Child Protection case, you and your children are at risk. You can easily be overwhelmed by the Department of Welfare, and having legal representation can help you protect your rights. You must take the charges seriously, and you need representation. CPS cases are closed to the public, so without an attorney, you will be fighting the case alone. Contact McConnell Law today to learn more about fighting CPS and keeping your family together.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE

McConnell Law provides legal representation for all criminal defense cases, including misdemeanors, felonies, DUIs (including 1st 2nd, excessive, and felony), traffic offenses (including driving without privileges, inattentive, reckless driving, and hit and run,) theft charges, battery, assault, domestic violence, and more. The details of each case vary, so having an attorney who pays attention to your case is important. McConnell Law provides zealous, aggressive representation in all stages of proceedings, including jury trials, appeals, post-conviction relief, and parole hearings. When you need an attorney who will fight the government to get you the best resolution to your case, by trial, pretrial motion, or strategic negotiation, call McConnell Law and set up your free consultation today.

DUI & Traffic Offenses
Driving Under the Influence
Being charged with a DUI can be stressful and scary. If you have been charged with a DUI, McConnell Law can help you. There are serious penalties for a DUI and quick action may be required to protect your rights. Call McConnell Law today for your free consultation and get the attorney you need.

DUI Facts
- You only have 7 days to challenge the automatic 90-day IDOT  driver’s license suspension
- The judge may impose an additional license suspension
- You may have to carry expensive SR22 insurance
- You may be facing jail time

DUI Penalties
DUI penalties in Idaho are strict and vary depending on the charge.

First DUIExcessive DUISecond DUIThird DUI
  • Misdemeanor
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 90-180 day driver’s license suspension
  • Misdemeanor
  • Mandatory 10 days in jail, up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • 1 year mandatory driver’s license suspension, after release from confinement
  • Misdemeanor (if within 10 years)
  • Mandatory 10 days in jail, up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • 1 year mandatory driver’s license suspension, after release from confinement
  • Felony (if within 10 years)
  • Mandatory 30 days in jail, up to 5 year in jail
  • Up to $5,000 fine
  • 1 year mandatory driver’s license suspension, after release from confinement, up to 5 years

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Misdemeanors & Felonies
In Idaho, crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are considered less serious crimes, while felonies are considered more serious. Felonies are punishable by time in State Prison. McConnell Law provides aggressive representation for both misdemeanors and felonies.

Idaho designates crimes as misdemeanors or felonies and sets penalties on a crime-by-crime basis. Therefore each crime has a different penalty which is usually set forth in the statute. Call McConnell Law today to schedule a free consultation and get more information about the charges you are facing.

Penalty for Misdemeanor
If no specific penalty is indicated in a statute, misdemeanors in Idaho are punishable by up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

For more information on misdemeanors in Idaho, see Idaho Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences.

Penalty for Felony
Felonies for which no sentence is specified in the statute are punishable by up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $50,000, or both.

For more information on felonies in Idaho, see Idaho Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences

Call McConnell Law today to schedule a free consultation and about the penalties you could be facing and what defenses you may have to the charges.

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Probation & Parole
If you have been charged with a violation of probation or parole, you face serving the amount of jail time that was sentenced and suspended, even if your completed most of your probation or parole. McConnell Law will work to give the judge or the parole board reasons not to put you in jail, and to reinstate your probation or your parole. Call McConnell Law today to schedule your free consultation and see what McConnell Law can do for you.

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Drug Offenses
If you have been charged with a drug offense, McConnell Law will develop a strategy for your case. Every case is different, but possible strategies include:
- Challenging the search and seizure
- Challenging the probable cause
- Fighting violations of your constitutional rights
Call McConnell Law today to fight your drug charge!

Drug Offense Penalties
Drug Offenses in Idaho carry strict penalties which differ by charge.
- Possession – penalty depends on quantity

ParaphernaliaPossessionSale or DeliverCultivation
  • Misdemeanor
  • Up to 1 year of jail time
  • Up to $1,000 fine
  • Personal Use of 3 oz or less
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to 1 year of jail time
    • Up to $1,000 fine
  • Personal Use of 3 oz – 1 lb
    • Felony
    • Up to5 years of jail time
    • Up to $10,000 fine
  • Personal Use with Intent to Distribute (quantities of over 1 lb)
    • Felony
    • 1 - 15 years of jail time
    • $5,000 - $15,000 fine
  • Less than 1 lb or 25 plants
    • Felony
    • Up to 5 years of jail time
    • Up to $15,000 fine
  • More than 1 lb or 25 plants
    • Felony
    • 1 - 15 years of jail time
    • $5,000 - $50,000 fine
  • Less than 1 lb or 25 plants
    • Felony
    • Up to 5 years of jail time
    • Up to $15,000 fine
  • More than 1 lb or 25 plants
    • Felony
    • 1 – 15 years of jail time
    • $5,000 – $50,000 fine

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CIVIL LAW

McConnell Law provides legal representation for select civil law cases, including creating gun trusts, protecting second amendment rights, creating and revising living wills and advanced medical directives (ADRs) and power of attorney agreements. Located in Boise, McConnell Law will also take cases concerning civil rights violations and prisoner’s rights on a select basis. Call today for a free consultation, and McConnell Law will evaluate your case. If McConnell Law cannot help you, you will be referred to several lawyers Lauren personally recommends in the Boise area.

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