In Idaho if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) for a second time within 10 years, you are facing enhanced penalties. Although still considered a misdemeanor offense, a second DUI conviction comes with mandatory jail time, a spike in fines, and many other possible penalties.
Because the punishments are more severe, a second DUI conviction can wreak havoc on your life, both personally and professionally. It is critical to see an attorney who is experienced in second DUI charges to help ease the burden and walk you through the process.
Minimum Sentences For A Second DUI
If you're facing a second DUI charge in Idaho, here's the least of what you can expect:
Jail time Jail time is mandatory. The minimum sentence for second-time DUI offenders in Idaho is 10 days, but the state reserves the right to impose a one-year jail sentence.
License Suspension Your driver's license will be suspended for a mandatory minimum sentence of one year, but many suspensions last longer.
Fines The maximum fine for a second drunk driving conviction is $2,000.
Ignition Interlock Device In the majority of cases, a second DUI conviction will result in the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (if given permission to drive after one year). 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.
Alcohol Education Any conviction will result in extensive alcohol education and rehabilitation.
For more information, see Idaho Code §18-8005 - Penalties.
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