Idaho DUI Information
If you find yourself being charged with a DUI, there are some things you need to know. Facing conviction of DUI in Idaho can carry penalties such as jail time, court costs, probation costs, and restitution when applicable.
As an Idaho criminal defense firm, we have proven dedication and success when representing clients that face prosecution for DUI and other crimes across the legal spectrum.
Without seeking the advice of competent legal counsel, your rights may be in jeopardy. No case should be considered insignificant regarding matters that directly affect your personal affairs.
Various DUI Violations
Your first DUI violation is a misdemeanor. The court may impose:
- A jail sentence for up to six months
- Fines up to $1,000
- Suspend your driving privileges for up to 180 days
Your second DUI violation within 10 years is a misdemeanor. The court may impose:
- Jail sentence of up to 1 year
- Fines up to $2,000
- Suspend your driving privileges for up to 1 year, following your release from jail
Your third DUI violation within 10 years is a felony. The court may impose:
- A sentence for up to 5 years at the State Board of Corrections
- Fines up to $5,000
- Suspend your driving privileges for up to 5 years with a minimum of 1 year
Idaho has an implied consent law. That means if you refuse to submit to a chemical test, you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension (which is a civil penalty).
In the state of Idaho, you have seven (7) days after your arrest to request a DMV administrative hearing to keep your license from being suspended. If a breath sample was not provided, you will also be required to submit a formal request for a hearing, in writing, to the Department of Transportation.
Idaho allows for potential plea bargain deals on First DUI charges. Our offices may be able petition for a lesser charge.
To get your license reinstated, you will need to show evidence of an SR22 insurance policy, as your current car insurance provider will likely drop your coverage. You will also need to pay a $85 fee to the DMV to reinstate your license
Additionally, you may need to complete alcohol treatment as well as an evaluation and victim’s panel to ensure you understand the reasons that drunk driving is wrong. You will need to pay for this penalty out-of-pocket before you are eligible to have your license back.