I was born and raised in Yugoslavia and have been living in the United States since 1993. I graduated with bachelors in Political Science from Boise State University and then moved on to graduate with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. I have practiced law in Idaho and Georgia in state and federal courts. I have an extensive experience in magistrate and district courts through Idaho’s third and fourth districts representing people in criminal and civil matters.
My belief is that protecting the individual rights of the accused against the overbearing powers of the government is the highest and the most sacred duty of a criminal defense attorney. I have had a first hand experience of having my rights taken away and that has made me keenly aware of the need to safeguard the individual liberties. Growing up in war torn Yugoslavia I was painfully made aware of the dangers that a government can present to its own people unless it is checked by the people. These dangers are especially real to me, as I had to flee my home country as a refugee to escape them.
As explained by James Madison, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” The problem lies in that government and police are made up of men and not angels. Although often well intentioned, police and government officials are just as often mistaken and sometimes downright corrupt. It is the job a criminal defense attorney to police the police and protect the rights of the people, so that the innocent never have to flee from the corruption of their own government.I speak Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Those from that area of the world know that they are all the same language. I have represented many clients from this area of the world, and they always appreciate the fact that they can speak to me about things as complex as the criminal justice system in their own language.
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