If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Idaho, it is important that you understand the charges against you and what your legal rights are. DUI is not an ordinary traffic violation, such as speeding or running a red light. Idaho's DUI laws can be complex and severe. You should not try to take on the criminal justice system on your own.
In the State of Idaho, you can be arrested and convicted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) if your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or any combination thereof. For alcohol, Idaho sets the legal limit at .08, you can be arrested and convicted of DUI if you are discovered operating a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content over this amount. If you're driving with a commercial license, the limit is .04, and the limit for drivers under the age of 21 is .02. Drivers under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol can also be charged with intoxicated driving. See: Idaho Code §18-8004.
Field Sobriety Tests
Field Sobriety Tests were created to demonstrate a driver's level of cognitive function and coordination, both of which are diminished when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The test usually involves simple tasks such as standing on one leg or following a moving instrument with your eyes. If a driver fails to successfully complete any one of these tasks, law enforcement officers can consider it probable cause for your arrest or for you to take a chemical test.
These tests are nearly impossible to pass even sober, they are almost always just the key to getting probable cause for you to take a breathalyzer test or a blood test.
There are three Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) that officers utilize during a DUI investigation: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk-and-Turn (WAT), and the One-Leg Stand (OLS).
To learn more about each of these tests and their implications, check out my blog article on FSTs.
Blood Alcohol Content
This is an important measurement that can be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Take a look at some of the blog articles I have written on the subject.
Every DUI Case Is Unique.
The strength and weakness of your case will depend on the particular facts in your case. However, no DUI case is hopeless. You are not alone. In order to minimize the impact on your life, you should first quickly seek the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney.
William Young works personally with each and every client to develop the best possible defense for that individual client. He will listen to everything that you have to say about your case and provide you with an honest evaluation of the case against you. He is there for his clients through every step of the process and will fight to obtain the best possible outcome. Every client, every time.
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