Even if you are a first-time offender, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction in Idaho comes with some very serious penalties and punishments.
Incarceration, steep fines and counseling are just a few of the possible outcomes. In addition, your driver's license will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 30 days, possibly much longer. Your best chance of avoiding or reducing any of these penalties is to seek the expertise of an experienced DUI attorney who is familiar with Idaho DUI law.
What are First Offense DUI Penalties?
If you are convicted of a first DUI offense in Idaho, here's the potential consequences:
- Ignition Interlock Device Penalty
As of January 1st, 2019 all first time DUI offenders are required to have a one year ignition interlock device in their vehicle. The device, which measures your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) before allowing the car to start, will be installed and maintained at the expense of the driver. To learn more about this rule take a look at the blog article New Harsher Penalties For First Time DUI Offenders.
- Jail time
There is no minimum jail time for those receiving a first-time DUI in Idaho. Therefore, those convicted could face no jail time at all. However, the state reserves the right to impose a six-month jail sentence. Likely, any conviction will result in a jail sentence, the amount of time will depend on the severity of the crime. Most first-time DUI offenders can complete their "jail time" through community service, or SLD, instead of actually sitting behind bars.
- License Suspension
It's highly likely your license will be suspended for a period of 90 to 180 days. The absolute minimum is 30 days. After 30 days, most drivers can apply for a restricted license to get from work to home and to medical appointments.
The maximum fine for a drunk driving conviction is $1,000, but steep fees associated with alcohol education, license reinstatement and more should be expected.
Those convicted of drunk driving must complete an alcohol evaluation and comply with any counseling or rehabilitation recommended by the evaluator.
- Victims Panel
Those convicted of drunk driving must participate in the Victims Panel, a one day class where people who have had their lives changed due to DUI age given the chance to tell their story.
For more information on these penalties see: Idaho Code §18-8005 - Penalties.
Hire A Lawyer That Will Fight For You!
For more information about the charge of DUI, see Idaho Code §18-8004.
If you are charged with a DUI in Idaho, you need a lawyer that will fight to protect your rights. Call me today for a free consultation!