Idaho DUI Lawyers
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Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
BAC or BAL (Blood Alcohol Level) is determined by taking a sample of the suspect’s blood, urine, or breath. In Idaho if your BAL is .08 or over, you are DUI. A BAL of .20 or over may prompt more sever charges. If under the age of 21, you may face charges with a negligible BAL of .02.
Field Sobriety and Chemical Testing
If your pulled over and the officer suspects intoxication you may be asked to perform a number of Field Sobriety Tests (FST) or chemical testing. The FST may be Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), stand on one leg, or walk and turn. Chemical testing may require samples of breath, urine, or blood. You may be required to perform a variety of the tests. Refusal to comply will automatically result in a 180 day minimum license suspension. If you fail the sobriety test law enforcement will arrest you and confiscate your license. These penalties are in addition to criminal charges that may be filed.
Upon arrest charges for first offenders range from 180 day license suspension, a fine up to $1000, alcohol education, 1 to 2 years probation, or possibly 6 months of jail time. Second or third offenses within 5 years may result in longer license suspension times, a fine up to $5000, and potentially 5 years of imprisonment.
Idaho also employs a device designed to prevent intoxicated persons from driving. Known as ignition interlock, this machine requires the driver to blow into it before starting the vehicle and at random intervals while driving. The installation and maintenance is required to be paid by the offender. This may be a fair compromise for the DUI convict to retain driving privileges due to particular hardship circumstances.
We’re all very busy in today’s age of connectivity. It can be difficult to find free time. Some things we must set aside time for. If you are having DUI troubles in Idaho, you need to contact an attorney specializing in DUI law immediately. The law limits your time to respond. Help put this behind you by letting a professional battle it for you!