Idaho Juvenile DUI - Under 21 Years Of Age

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.

The Consequences Of An Under 21 DUI

If you are a minor being charged with a DUI, here's what you can expect:

Jail Time According to Idaho law, minors will never be punished with jail time for a first-time DUI conviction.

Evaluation/Rehabilitation 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 recomended 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.

Fines 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.

 See: Idaho Code §18-8004A - Penalties For Persons Under 21.

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