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Second Offense DUI

In Idaho if you are charged with 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 2nd DUI conviction in Idaho 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.

Punishments For A Second DUI in Idaho

If you are convicted of a Second Offense DUI within 10 years in Idaho you are subject to the following potential penalties:

2nd DUI Punishment - Jail 

Jail time is mandatory. The minimum sentence for 2nd DUI offense in Idaho is 10 days, but a conviction can result in as much a one year.

2nd DUI Punishment - Probation 

You will likely be placed on probation for at least one year, and likely two years. Some portion or all of this probation is likely to be Supervised Probation rather than Unsupervised Probation.  

2nd DUI Punishment - Fines

Fines of up to $2,000.

2nd DUI Punishment - Restitution 

Restitutution will be ordered for any injury and property damage caused as a result of the crime (for more this and what it includes - Idaho Code related to Restitution). You could also be forced to pay restitution for the costs associated with any tests performed by law enforcement as part of your case.

2nd DUI Punishment - Driver's License Suspension

As part of a 2nd Offense DUI conviction in Idaho, your driver's license will be suspended for a mandatory minimum period of one year, but many suspensions last longer. This suspension is absolute - meaning no driving at all (you can not receive a limited license).

2nd DUI Punishment - Ignition Interlock Device

An Ignition Interlock Device is required to be installed on any car you drive for one year after your license is reinstated (Idaho Code Re: Interlock Requirement).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.

2nd DUI Punishment - A DUI Alcohol Evaluation, Victims Panel, and Treatment

For more about these requirements - Idaho DUI Conviction Treatment Requirements.   

A Second Offense DUI On Your Criminal Record

In looking at the punishments listed above for a Second DUI conviction in Idaho, you might think that a criminal record is the least of your worries - you would be wrong. A conviction can have serious long term consequences beyond those punishments ordered by the court. A conviction for a Second Offense DUI can potentially affect your employment, personal relationships, and reputation.

A conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future employment, state licensing, federal education funding, and obtaining housing. The conviction will appear on any background checks done by any employer or government agency.

For more information on Second Offense DUI Penalties in Idaho, see Idaho Code §18-8005 - Penalties.

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Fight Your Idaho 2nd Offense DUI

No 2nd DUI Case Is Hopeless. 

No matter the circumstances, it is important that you seek an attorney's help - an attorney can do a great deal to help you during this difficult time. Yes, the potential penalties for a Second DUI conviction are severe, however, this is exactly why you should hire someone you can trust to fight for your freedom. 

No Two DUI Cases Are Exactly Alike. 

There is no cookie cutter DUI defense that works in every case. The strength and weakness of your case will depend on the particular facts and circumstances. The attorneys at Schofield and Young work hard to develop the best defense for your individual case. This could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal, dismissal, or reduction of the charges. 

For general information, please click on the following link - Common Idaho 2nd DUI Defenses.

An Idaho DUI Lawyer Can Help.

Even if you plead guilty or are found guilty of an 2nd DUI in Idaho, hiring a DUI attorney gives you the best shot at receiving the minimum possible sentence. We are here to tell your side of the story, negotiate a reduced sentence, and present an argument to the judge as to why you deserve leniency. Your story is important - Let us help to make sure it is told.


Idaho DUI charges are largely based on the arresting officer's opinions and observations. The officer uses their judgment to decide to pull you over or require a field sobriety test. These observations and opinions do not necessarily tell the story the officer thinks they do. Let us tell the story from your perspective.

Even if a BAC reading is taken, we have the experience, skill, and knowledge to challenge the legitimacy of such tests and the reliability of the results.

Hire An Experienced Idaho DUI Lawyer

If you are charged with an Idaho 2nd Offense DUI, you need a DUI lawyer that will fight to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. Call us today for a free consultation.

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