The Boise Law Firm, PLLC, with offices in Boise and Meridian, has been fighting for clients accused of DUIs in Idaho courts for decades. People pulled over for a DUI in Idaho face large fines, having their license suspended and potential jail time. Police can even suspend your license for refusing to take a breathalyzer test. DUI arrests require appearing before a criminal court and dealing with the Idaho Transportation Department to seek license reinstatement. If you want to preserve your ability to drive, as well as your clean record, an experienced attorney at our firm can ably represent you at hearings.
Although it can be tempting to plead guilty to a DUI because you think it will speed up the process, it is rarely wise. DUI sentences in Idaho can greatly increase depending on the circumstances and prior arrests, as below:
Idaho may mandate the installation of an ignition interlock device to check intoxication levels even after the first DUI. Your best bet to keep your freedom and your license is the skilled DUI representation of The Boise Law Firm, PLLC.
An attorney familiar with the courts can often plead down a DUI to a reckless driving charge, known as a “wet reckless.” This is a misdemeanor for which a first offense carries up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 in fines but only a 30-day license suspension. In addition, our lawyers frequently arrange a plea in return for a low sentence, an especially good prospect for first-time offenders, as Idaho statutes do not mandate a minimum incarceration for the first offense.
If the accident behind a DUI arrest involved injury or damage to another car or someone’s property, you may be facing a civil suit in addition to any charges. When this happens, Idaho residents cannot depend totally on their insurance company for their defense, as insurance companies often don’t have to pay punitive damages, something courts often impose in DUI cases. If you want to avoid paying punitive damages out of pocket, you should seek legal counsel yourself. We will work hard and use our experience and knowledge of the courts to give you the strongest possible legal defense to both the criminal and civil charges you might face.
The Boise Law Firm, PLLC, with offices in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, can act fast to challenge the accusations if you were pulled over for a DUI. You may have only seven days to prevent the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles from suspending your license. Call us at 208-336-1145 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.