Boise Criminal Defense Lawyer Ryan Henson Saves Client’s Life

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Ryan Henson, lawyer at Gulstrom, Henson & Roark, PC, saves a teenage client’s life by stopping him from jumping from the courthouse roof.

My instinct was just to help a client, and a young man, from doing something harmful in a time of great stress.

Not stopping to think of the danger to himself, Ryan Henson followed a troubled teen onto the roof of the Ada County Courthouse, jumped two five-foot retaining walls, then caught the boy as he tottered on the brink of a 30-foot fall from a fifth-floor roof . Commenting on the incident, several judges and marshals said they weren't sure how many defense attorneys would go so far to protect a client.

Boise criminal attorney Ryan Henson is a partner at Gulstrom, Henson & Roark, PC. His 18-year-old client was in trouble for stealing from a trailer ― “The kind of stupid stuff kids do sometimes,” as Mr. Henson describes it. [Court: Fourth Judicial District, Ada County, Idaho (District Court), Case no. CR-FE-2012-18897]

Mr. Henson was explaining to his client’s mother that, as part of a plea bargain, her son would have to plead guilty to a grand theft charge. “Even though both sides were recommending probation, the stress of a possibly life-changing event overwhelmed the teen. He ran from the room and I followed him. My instinct was just to help a client, and a young man, from doing something harmful in a time of great stress,” said Mr. Henson. Henson chased the young man, who suffers from autism spectrum disorder, onto the roof and stopped him from jumping to his death.

About the Firm

The Boise family law attorneys at the law firm of Gulstrom, Henson & Roark, PC offer legal counsel primarily in the following areas:

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • DUI
  • Divorce

The firm is dedicated to achieving complete solutions to the complex legal problems of people in the Boise, Idaho area. The Boise bankruptcy lawyers at Gulstrom, Henson & Roark, PC treat clients with respect, guide them through a difficult experience and aggressively fight for their best interests.

Founded in 2001, the lawyers at Gulstrom, Henson & Roark, PC have more than 30 years of combined experience. For more information about the firm, please go to or call 208-463-0793.

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