Jim has been practicing law for over 20 years. He is a former Deputy Prosecutor for the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, where he spent five years prosecuting crimes ranging from misdemeanors, such as driving under the influence (DUI), to drug related crimes and violent felonies. He also served for two years as the lobbyist for the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, where he was involved in writing legislation and testifying in committee meetings and hearings throughout the state of Idaho.

Presently, Jim is a partner in the firm of Manweiler, Breen, Ball & Davis, where he focuses in all areas of criminal defense throughout the state of Idaho and Pacific Northwest. He has argued cases before the Idaho Court of Appeals, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is licensed to practice in the Idaho state courts and the United States District Courts for the District of Idaho and the District of Columbia. He also is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Jim has the highest Martindale-Hubbell® attorney rating of AV® Preeminent™, as established by reviews from Idaho lawyers and the Idaho Judiciary. Jim also is rated a 10.0 superb attorney by AVVO based upon his experience, and peer and judicial reviews. Jim was also recently named as one of the top 10 Idaho criminal defense attorneys by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A- Wish Idaho and the Ada County Court Domestic Violence Committee.

Jim's present practice includes criminal defense for Idaho state and federal misdemeanor and felony crimes. He focuses in criminal cases including driving under the influence (DUI) cases, representing juvenile offenders, and appealing criminal cases to both the Idaho appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim strives to maintain the highest ethical standards while providing the absolute best representation for his clients.

To view Jim's personal website please click here: Boise-Idaho-Criminal-Attorney.com


JAMES K. BALL, born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Boise, Idaho.


Boise State University (Bachelor of Science) 1993;
University of Idaho College of Law (Juris Doctor) 1996.


Rated in Top 10 Idaho Criminal Defense Attorneys by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Rated 10.0 Superb attorney by AVVO.
Preeminent AV Rating in Martindale Hubble for both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the opinions of members of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho judiciary.


United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court of Idaho; Idaho State Bar; Idaho State Bar IOLTA Committee; Barrister, American Inns of Court, No. 130; Fourth District Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Idaho Chapter; Idaho Volunteer Lawyers; Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; Fourth District Domestic Violence Committee; National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys; Board of Director for Make-A- Wish Idaho.


Member, Manweiler, Breen, Ball & Davis, PLLC (2002 - present); Private practice, James K. Ball, P.A. (2000 - 2002); Deputy Ada County Prosecuting Attorney (1996 - 2000); Lobbyist, Idaho Prosecuting Attorney's Association (1998 - 2000).

Jim has tried over 50 cases to verdict; argued ten cases to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; argued two cases in the Idaho Supreme Court; argued four cases to the Idaho Court of Appeals.


Representation includes clients with the following issues: criminal charges, juvenile cases, personal injury, wills, domestic relations, business formation, and appeals. Serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court of Idaho, representing clients in federal criminal cases.


U.S. v. Loveland, 825 F.3d 555 (9th Cir. 2016).
State v. Robinson, 143 Idaho 306, 142 P.3d 729 (2006).
U.S. v. Kilby, 443 F.3d 1135 (9th Cir. 2006).
U.S. v. Molesworth, No. 05-30630, 2006 WL 2404576 (9th Cir. 2006).
State v. Lamay, 140 Idaho 835, 103 P.3d 448 (2004).
Reyes v. Craven, 111 Fed.Appx. 462 (9th Cir. 2004) unpublished.