Caldwell DUI Attorney

When it comes to a DUI, there are a number of potential consequences you could find yourself facing, including losing your license, spending time in jail or paying a high fine. The consequences can be severe; and you will need a quality Caldwell DUI attorney to help you make the best next choice.

What Is A DUI?

A DUI, or driving under the influence charge, is a serious offence in the state, and one which is covered by legislation which prohibits anyone in the state of Idaho from operating or being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of “drugs, alcohol, any impairing substance, or any combination of substances, ” or with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or higher. This BAC limit is reduced to 0.04% if the licensee is in charge of a commercial vehicle, and to 0.02% if the driver is under the age of 21.

What Punishment Will I Receive For A First Offense in Idaho?

Idaho legislation offers a range of potential punishments for a first offense DUI, and the most common include:

In the majority of cases, first-time offenders are less likely to find themselves facing a jail sentence unless the accident in question results in the victim’s death or serious injury. In addition, first offenders may be able to request a restricted license, after they have served a 30 day license suspension – this will usually only be granted to those who need a vehicle and access to driving in order to access work or medical appointments. In addition, an IID will usually be a requirement if a restricted license is granted. Second offenders may also apply after a 45 day waiting period; you will need to petition the court for a restricted license, while also demonstrating an active good standing with a recognized state substance abuse program.

It is also worth noting that the DUI itself is not the only thing you may be convicted of; Idaho legislation also recognizes “implied consent” laws. These laws require anyone lawfully arrested for a DUI to submit to a urine, breath or blood test. Any offender who is deemed to have unlawfully refused testing may face a fine of $250, face a suspended license, and may have an IID requirement added to their vehicle. In some cases, the refusal may also go against you in court.

Refusing to submit to a test could see your license suspended for a year for first offenses, or two years for second offences, as well as the installation of an IID, which must be in place for a minimum of one year.

What Impact Will A First Offence DUI Have On My Life?

Some offenders may believe that a first offence is somehow a “lesser crime”, with reduced consequences, but this is not the case. You may have a shorter sentence if convicted, but the long-term consequences could have a serious, significant impact on the rest of your life.
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What About The Non Financial Consequences?

In addition to the financial penalties which can be incurred with a DUI conviction, finding yourself  landed with a DUI can also have non-tangible impacts on your everyday life. This may include the following:

Friendships and Relationships

Being convicted of a DUI may result in an adverse impact on your friendships and relationships, and this may result in losing your marriage, and even in you losing custody of your children due to your criminal record.

Loss of Opportunities

You may find yourself losing your job, especially if your position relies on a clean driving licence, or no criminal record. In some cases, you may also struggle to get into a college of your choice, access financial aids such as loans, or be barred from applying for any job which requires a high level of security clearance.

Your Next Steps

If you have been convicted of a DUI, you will need to access quality legal advice – and here at Boise DUI Law, we can help. Our team has a wealth of experience in the world of DUI convictions, and will work tirelessly to ensure that you are able to get the outcome you deserve. Get in touch today, and see how we could help you take those vital next steps.

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