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Idaho DUI Penalties

Idaho DUI Penalties How can YOU avoid DUI in Boise, Idaho or Elsewhere?

The best way to avoid a DUI in Boise, Idaho or elsewhere is to not drink and drive. If you are with a group, designate a sober driver, take a taxi, or make arrangements before you go out drinking to have someone drive you home.

How can the Idaho police spot a DUI driver?

  • Wide turns
  • Crossing lines
  • Weaving or swerving
  • Stopping without cause
  • Driving very fast or slow
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Speeding
  • An accident
  • Call from another driver

The more of these signs the driver displays, the greater the chance that the driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Idaho Penalties for Standard Non-Excessive DUI

The FIRST DUI In Idaho

  • Misdemeanor violation
  • Jail: up to 6 months
  • Fines: up to $1,000
  • License suspension: 90 to 180 days

The SECOND DUI within 10 Years in Idaho

  • Misdemeanor violation
  • Jail: 10 days mandatory, up to 1 year
  • Fines: up to $2,000
  • License suspension: 1 year mandatory after release from confinement with no driving privileges of any kind
  • Ignition interlock mandatory

The THIRD DUI within 10 Years in Idaho

  • Felony violation
  • Jail: 30 days mandatory, up to 5 years
  • Fines: up to $5,000
  • License suspension: Up to 5 years, 1 year mandatory after release from confinement with no driving privileges of any kind
  • Ignition interlock mandatory

Enhanced Penalties for BAC Levels of 0.20% or Greater in Idaho

First Offense Excessive DUI in Idaho

  • Misdemeanor violation
  • Jail: 10 days mandatory, up to 1 year
  • Fines: up to $2,000
  • License suspension: 1 year mandatory after release from confinement with no driving privileges of any kind

Second Offense Excessive DUI in Idaho within 5 Years

  • Felony violation
  • Jail: mandatory 30 days in the county jail, or up to 5 years in the state penitentiary
  • Fines: up to $5,000
  • License suspension: up to 5 years, 1 year mandatory after release from confinement with no driving privileges of any kind
  • Ignition interlock mandatory

Aggravated DUI and Third Offense Excessive DUI in Idaho

It is a felony to cause serious injury to another person while driving under the influence. Jail time, fines and driving suspension are enhanced. Enhanced Penalties for BAC Levels of 0.20% or Greater (Idaho Code 18-8005). As a weapon against the dangers of repeat drunk drivers Idaho requires the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) on any vehicle a repeat DUI offender drives. This device requires a breath sample and if alcohol is detected the car will not start.

Idaho's Repeat DUI Offender Law (Idaho Code 18-8008)

Idaho law enforcement officers are trained to detect a person driving under the influence (DUI). Each year, over 10,000 drivers are arrested in Idaho for DUI. If you drive under the influence, the chances are you will be arrested. If the police officer has cause to believe that you are driving under the influence, you will be asked to take a BAC test. Under Idaho law, if you refuse, your driver's license will be taken away and your driving privileges will be suspended for 1 year along with a $250 civil penalty. If the officer suspects you are using drugs, he can request an additional test to determine drug use.

As public attitudes have changed, the percentage of alcohol-related collisions has decreased. But, impaired driving still takes far too great a human and economic toll. Over 39% of Idaho's fatal collisions are caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. In Idaho, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or with a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more, and 0.02% or greater if you are under 21. It is also illegal to operate a commercial vehicle with a BAC level of 0.04% or more.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Idaho, contact Jared Martens with Martens Law Office in Boise, Idaho at (208) 344-0994 at your earliest convenience. As you can see, DUI in Idaho is taken seriously by the Idaho Police and the Idaho Court system. For more information on a Boise Nampa or Caldwell DUI go to Martens Law Office General DUI Page.

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