DUI charges in the state of Idaho are very serious. A conviction can mean the loss of your license, jail time, fines, and more. Even for a first DUI offense, you need a skilled defense attorney to represent you.
Our experience at providing DUI representation, along with our skill at navigating the court system, allows us to provide you with the best possible outcome for your case. We listen to your situation without judgment and provide you with our expert advice on the best steps to take to protect your rights and defend yourself against prosecution for DUI charges.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Idaho, our criminal defense lawyers are here for you. Call us at 208-644-8893 or fill out the form on our site to set up a free case review.
DUI Laws in Idaho
DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” It is often colloquially known as “drunk driving,” but alcohol doesn’t have to be involved to be charged with this crime. A driver under the influence of any intoxicating substance can be charged with a DUI.
You can be charged with DUI in Idaho if you are capable of physical control of a vehicle, your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or greater if you’re over 21, and just 0.02 percent if you’re younger than that. If you’re a commercial driver, the limit is just 0.04 percent, even if you’re over 21.
The term “actual physical control” means that you are in the driver’s seat of the vehicle either while it is moving or while the motor is running. That last part means that you can be charged even if you’re just sitting in the vehicle while it is idling, or if your vehicle is somehow moving while the engine is off.
Penalties if You’re Found Guilty of DUI in Idaho?
Possible jail time and fines depend on how many offenses you have already been convicted of for DUI. If this is your first offense, you’re looking at up to 6 months in jail unless your BAC was over 0.20 percent. If it was, you face up to a year behind bars. Fines have a related BAC cutoff: Up to $1,000 if your BAC was under 0.20 percent, and up to $2,000 if it was over. In either case, you also have to have your car fitted with an ignition interlock device for a year.
If this is your 2nd offense, jail time goes up to a maximum of 1 year for BAC under .20 percent, and up to 5 years if it’s over that amount. Fines also increase, to $2,000 (BAC under .20) or up to $5,000 (BAC over .20).
A 3rd+ offense in Idaho is a felony DUI. At this point, the BAC divide disappears, but potential penalties spike. You can spend up to 10 years in jail and pay up to $5,000. As you might expect, you’ll also have to use an ignition interlock device for a set period of time.
For all levels of convictions, license suspensions are also meted out. These increase depending on how many prior offenses are on your record.
Participation in court-ordered substance abuse programs may also be required. You will have to submit to an evaluation to determine if such participation will be needed.
Charged with DUI in Idaho? Get a Free Case Evaluation from Sawtooth Defense Lawyers
No matter how great your reputation is or how much you believe the evidence points to your innocence, you can still be convicted. Your freedom, finances, and lifestyle are all in grave danger if you are found guilty.
Having a skilled DUI defense attorney at your side is essential. The right defense can help you retain your freedoms and lifestyle. Call us at (208) 644-8893 today or fill out our online form to set up a free case evaluation now.