If you are under 21 years old, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over .02 in Idaho.
The penalties for minors who break this law can be as serious and long-lasting as those for adults convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI)–despite the difference in BAC levels.
The Consequences Of An Under 21 DUI
If you are a minor being charged with a DUI (juvenile DUI), here's what you can expect if convicted:
- Jail Time
According to Idaho law, minors will never be punished with jail time for a first-time DUI conviction.
Prior to sentencing, all minors must undergo a clinical drug/alcohol evaluation. Part of any sentence will include complying with any drug or alcohol rehabilitation/education recommended by the evaluation.
- License Suspension
Unlike a typical DUI charge–there is a mandatory one-year suspension term for minors. After 90 days, drivers can apply for a limited license so they can drive to work, school and medical appointments.
Minors can expect a fine of up to $1,000 and court-costs of a couple hundred dollars. However, this is not the total economic impact a DUI can have, there are fees associated with license reinstatement, alcohol education and other penalties. Potentially, the driver's insurance rate will significantly increase.
- Repeat Offenders
If a minor is charged with a second DUI within a five-year span, the penalties become much stiffer. A jail sentence of five days is mandatory, but depending on the case, the judge could order a 30-day sentence. The fines also increase to a maximum of $2,000 and minimum of $500. The minor's driver's license will be suspended for anywhere between one and two years. Extensive alcohol education will be mandatory as well as a list of other penalties.
Hire An Experienced Juvenile DUI Attorney
If your loved one is charged with a DUI in Idaho, you need a lawyer that will fight to protect their future. Call me today to discuss the case.