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Michael Gerald Palmer

DUI and DWI Attorney at Coeur D Alene, ID

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 27 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    A DUI charge is often complicated and confusing. It triggers a second administrative proceeding due to the result of the breath test (or refusal to take one) that must be requested within 7 days otherwise driving privileges are suspended. The case has to be reviewed starting with the stop, the field tests, and then the breath test. All of which are areas where there must have been compliance by the officer with national standards. Having skilled counsel is imperative in defending these cases.

    27 years

  2. Sex crime
    Being charged with a sex offense can be one of the most daunting things a person can face. The penalties are severe and don't stop at the end of the sentence but continue with a lifetime requirement of sex offender registration. If charged with a sex offense it is important to immediately mount a vigorous defense to the allegations. Conversely, if convicted, there is relief from the lifetime registration requirement under some circumstances.

    27 years

  3. Violent crime

    27 years

  4. Expungement
    A criminal conviction can have many unfortunate collateral consequences. These range from denial of: housing, loans, & employment. It can mean the loss of relationships, the inability to participate in activities with your children, being passed over for a promotion or raise, & the loss of basic civil rights including the right to possess a firearm. However, convictions can be set aside, reduced or pardoned, and rights can be restored for people who have successfully completed their sentences.

    27 years

  5. Federal crime

    24 years

  6. Family
    I handle all aspects of family law. This includes: divorce/separation & annulment, child custody & support, modification, prenuptial & post-nuptial agreements, grandparents rights, guardianship, adoption, & termination of parental rights.

    21 years

  7. Juvenile law

    27 years

  8. Criminal defense
    95% approximately of my practice is criminal defense. Unfortunately, and incorrectly, Avvo breaks this down as a separate subcategory of itself. I handle all types of criminal cases at both the state and federal levels, see my other practice areas.

    27 years

  9. White collar crime

    27 years

My primary focus is criminal defense. I've defended charges including homicide, drug trafficking and drug possession, sex crimes, theft, burglary and other property crimes, domestic violence charges, firearms and crimes of violence, traffic and DUI cases, and matters involving the civil or criminal forfeiture of property and money. I also handle restoration of civil rights, including: expungements, pardons, relief from criminal convictions, and relief from sex offender registration requirements. I accept some family law matters, too.  I practice before both the State and Federal judiciary. I practice extensively in the First District (Idaho's 5 northern counties), and occasionally will accept cases in the 2nd District as well.


Palmer | George PLLC
923 N 3rd St
Coeur D Alene, ID, 83814-3107

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Posted by Tim | February 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The man with a plan
Mr. Palmer is an excellent attorney, he really does all the foot work and makes sure he can defend you appropriately! His assistant Amber Morris really takes her time with you and explains everything you need to do. Their communication is spot on! Highly recommend!!
Posted by Nichole | November 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Forget "recommendations" for other lawyers, just hire the best
I hired Michael G. Palmer of Palmer/George Law firm as my criminal attorney. In a criminal case it is important to establish a time line. Michael’s meticulous attention to detail did just that, allowing for a very congested mound of facts, figures, specifics, and hearsay to all be succinctly aligned to tell a story to the jury. He surrounds himself with a very skilled, efficient, tenacious staff and consultants, who will in turn, benefit you as the client. His staff’s courtroom preparation was spot on and Mr. Palmer’s professional interaction, clear communication to the jury, witness, and judge surpassed all expectations. One hears constant recommendations for him or her as a “good attorney,” but when it comes to Michael G. Palmer, he IS one of the top Criminal Lawyers in the state, and he proves it on a consistent basis.
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Posted by Tacey | October 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Worth his weight in GOLD!
I have a close friend who was falsely accused of a horrible crime and he and his staff handled the entire case as a real pro and got her an extremely fast acquittal from the jury. Mike is a defense attorney "force to be reckoned with"! Not only is he extremely professional, qualified and experienced, he also has an AMAZING and UNMATCHED presence and demeanor in a trial setting. To quote my husband..."Watching him in the courtroom was mesmerizing....Mike was BORN to do this!" Worth every penny! I have also used Mike myself for a small family law issue but it didn't include a trial or any hearings. I have had other family members use him as well. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Daniel | October 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, knowledgeable, and professional
I recently hired Michael Palmer to help me with my firearms restoration case. He was excellent! He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and efficient! He was highly composed in the courtroom, which you cannot say about many attorneys out there. Finally, he was very responsive to my phone calls and requests, and his rates were very fair and reasonable. Although my case was dealing with criminal law, I was also recently involved in a very heated child custody battle with another attorney and I would recommend Mr. Palmer to my family and closest friends for any criminal or family law proceedings no matter the size or severity.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Palmer | George, PLLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Michael G. Palmer, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Practice Court Instructor
  • University Of Idaho College Of Law
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Senior Staff Attorney
  • Kootenai County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 2003
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  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Univeristy of Idaho College of Letters and Science
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • North Idaho College
  • Associate of Science
  • 1991
  • Kellogg High School
  • Diploma
  • 1989
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  • Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Tried most cases to Jury Trial by Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2001
  • Jury Trial Attorney of the Year
  • Kootenai County Public Defenders
  • 1999
  • Tried most cases to Jury Trial by Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is well respected in the community"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mike. We worked on many cases together while working at the same firm. He truly cares about outcomes for his clients and fights hard for them. He is a seasoned litigator who doesn't miss a beat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Palmer is a zealous advocate for his clients and a true talent in litigation. If in need of criminal representation in Northern Idaho, then I highly recommend."
Coeur D Alene DUI and DWI Lawyer Michael Gerald Palmer
Michael Gerald Palmer
DUI and DWI Attorney
Coeur D Alene, ID
Licensed for 27 years
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