Idaho Inattentive Driving | Careless Driving
If you have been arrested, charged, or cited for Inattentive Driving, it is important that you understand the charges against you and what your legal rights are.
Idaho Inattentive or Careless Driving
In Idaho, driving in a manner that is inattentive, careless, or imprudent is a crime.
Pursuant to Idaho Code §49-1401, Idaho Inattentive Driving or Careless Driving is "...a lesser offense that reckless driving and shall be applicable... where the conduct of the operator has been inattentive, careless or imprudent... rather than heedless or wanton." Depending on the facts and circumstances - and the attitude of the police officer involved - you could be charged with Inattentive Driving, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, or cited for an infraction in similar situations.
Penalties For Inattentive or Careless Driving In Idaho
Do not take an inattentive driving citation lightly. Inattentive Driving in Idaho is not a traffic ticket, it is a crime. The consequences of a conviction can be severe and long-term.
A conviction for inattentive driving can result in up to $300 fine and/or 90-days in jail (See: Idaho Code §49-1401). In addition to the penalties ordered by the court, a conviction can cause you significant financial harm. Monthly premiums for your personal auto insurance may drastically increase. If you work in an industry that requires you to drive as part of your job, your employer may fire you due to increases to the cost of their liability insurance.
In the long run you may actually save money by fighting this an Inattentive Driving charge.
Fight Your Idaho Inattentive Driving Citation
Inattentive driving cases are winnable. The prosecutor is hoping you will roll over and plead - Don't fall into this trap. Even if you don't want to go to trial, I have had a high success rate of getting these cases reduced to an infraction or dismissed!
Do not fight the system on your own, you have too much on the line. Protect your rights and your freedom. Call us today for a free consultation.