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State of Idaho v. William Paul Lage

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF IDAHO


March 6, 2013

STATE OF IDAHO,
PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
WILLIAM PAUL LAGE,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District, State of Idaho, Bannock County. Hon. Stephen S. Dunn, District Judge.

Per curiam.

2013 Unpublished Opinion No. 388

Stephen W. Kenyon, Clerk

THIS IS AN UNPUBLISHED OPINION AND SHALL NOT BE CITED AS AUTHORITY

Order revoking probation and requiring execution of unified three-year sentence with two-year determinate term for drawing a check without funds, affirmed.

Before GUTIERREZ, Chief Judge; LANSING, Judge; and GRATTON, Judge

On November 12, 2009, the district court entered a judgment convicting William Paul Lage of drawing a check without funds, Idaho Code § 18-3106(a), and imposed a unified three-year sentence with two years determinate. The court also retained jurisdiction for 180 days. The period of retained jurisdiction expired on May 11, 2010. On May 18, 2010, the court entered an order suspending Lage's sentence and placing him on probation. On April 26, 2012, having found that Lage had violated his probation, the court revoked probation and ordered execution of the underlying sentence. Lage appeals from the order revoking probation.

At the time of Lage's conviction, I.C. § 19-2601(4) authorized a court that had sentenced a defendant to the custody of the State Board of Correction to retain jurisdiction over the defendant for a period of 180 days, within which period the court could suspend the sentence and place the defendant on probation. In this case, the district court's order placing Lage on probation was not made within that 180-day period.*fn1

On appeal, Lage acknowledges that the district court had lost jurisdiction on May 11, 2010, and therefore its order purporting to place him on probation was a nullity. See State v. Taylor, 142 Idaho 30, 31-32, 121 P.3d 961, 962-63 (2005) ("Because the 180-day period of retained jurisdiction expired without the district court affirmatively placing the Defendant on probation, the Defendant remained committed to the custody of the Idaho Board of Correction. The district court's judgment placing the Defendant on probation was therefore void because the court no longer had jurisdiction."). Because the district court here had no jurisdiction to place Lage on probation in the first instance, it likewise had no jurisdiction to continue him on probation in April 2012, as Lage asserts the court should have done.*fn2

The district court did not possess jurisdiction to reinstate Lage's probation on April 26, 2012. Lage therefore has shown no error in the district court's refusal to do so in its order revoking probation on that date. The order revoking probation effectively remedied the district court's earlier error in granting probation after the period of retained jurisdiction had expired.

Therefore, we uphold the district court's order, albeit on grounds that differ from the district court's rationale.

The order revoking probation is affirmed.


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