I Got a DUI in Idaho – Now What?

“…we want to remind anyone who might think about getting behind the wheel after drinking that real lives are at stake, and that it is just not worth the risk of killing someone else or yourself.”

~Idaho State Police Sgt. Rich Adamson

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in the State of Idaho, the bad news is you are not alone. According to a report published in the USA Today, Idaho is the third-most dangerous state in America for drunken driving. Idaho also ranked #5 in the nation for the number of DUI arrests.

The further bad news is that a DUI in Idaho is serious – depending on what happens next, your finances, your future, and perhaps even your freedom can be affected.

The good news is this – maybe your arrest can serve as a wake-up call. If you never drive impaired again, the life you save just might be your own or that of someone you love.

Statistics about DUIs in Idaho

The USA Today article was based upon statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the FBI. Some of the sobering statistics are:

  • There were almost 12,000 DUI arrest in Idaho in 2015.
  • For comparison, Kentucky has a population that is two and half times that of Idaho’s, but it only had 20% of the total DUI arrests.
  • Nearly 30% of all traffic deaths in Idaho are due to impaired driving.
  • Drunk driving in Idaho cost taxpayers $278 million in 2015.

What Kind of Penalties Can I Receive for My Idaho DUI?

In the State of Idaho, you can face both civil and criminal penalties for operating a motor vehicle when you are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Criminally, the Court can put you in jail and impose stiff fines.

Civilly, the Idaho Department of Transportation can take away your driver’s license and levy other penalties.

  • If this is your FIRST DUI
    • Fine –Up to $1000
    • Jail time –up to 6 months
    • Suspension of your license for 90-180 days (Mandatory)
    • 30–day wait for a “restricted” license
    • Reinstatement fee to get your license back– up to $285
    • Statement of Financial Responsibility(SR-22) requirement – 3 years
  • If this is your SECOND DUI –
    • Fine – up to $2000
    • Jail time – MINIMUM 10 days, up to ONE YEAR
    • Ignition Interlock Device (Mandatory)
    • Suspension of your license for ONE YEAR (Mandatory)
    • NO “restricted license” if this is your second offense within 5 years
    • Reinstatement fee to get your license back –up to $285
    • Statement of Financial Responsibility (SR-22) requirement– 3 years
  • If this is your THIRD (or more) DUI –
    • This is a FELONY conviction if you had two previous DUI convictions within the past 10 years.
    • Fine –up to $5000
    • Jail time–MINIMUM 30 days, up to 5 YEARS
    • Ignition Interlock Device (Mandatory)
    • Suspension of your license for AT LEAST ONE YEAR (Mandatory), up to 5 years
    • Reinstatement fee to get your license back –up to $285
    • Statement of Financial Responsibility (SR-22) requirement – 3 years
  • If You Refuse a BAC Test–
    • Suspension of your license for ONE YEAR (Mandatory)
    • To appeal the suspension, you must submit a written request for a hearing within 7 days.
    • If the appeal is denied, you will pay a $250 fine and the suspension is upheld.
    • Subsequent refusals result in more $250 fines and a suspension of your driving privileges for 2 years.
  • If You Get a DUI in Idaho and You Are under 21 Years of Age –
    • Fine –$1000
    • Suspension of your license for ONE YEAR
    • 90-day wait for a “restricted license”
    • If you are under 18, you will lose your license until you turn 21

What Other Costs are there for Getting a DUI in Idaho?

Getting a DUI in Idaho will cost you far more than just fines and reinstatement fees. By the time you are through, you will have paid:

  • Bail and court costs – $175
  • Lawyer’s fees–First-time offenders who plead guilty – $500-$2500
  • Repeat offenders who plead guilty – $1000-$5000
  • DUI cases that actually go to trial $2500-$25,000
  • Alcohol evaluation, court-ordered –$100
  • Alcohol education program, court-ordered– up to $2000.
  • Ignition interlock device, court-ordered– up to $1300
  • Your insurance rates will rise up to 81%, or more than $600 per year.

That means that if you are first-time offender who pleads guilty to avoid a trial, you could still wind up paying more than $7500 for a DUI conviction in Idaho.

If you are facing any other charges related to the DUI – an accident, possession of illegal drugs or paraphernalia, or if you have injured or killed someone, the consequences and the financial costs of drunk driving in Idaho can skyrocket.

Being arrested and/or convicted of a DUI in Idaho can negatively impact every area of your life.

For example, if you are an underage college student, you could lose your scholarship. If you have or are applying for a job in the public eye or that requires a background check, you could be disqualified.

Substance Abuse Disorders and DUIs

Impaired driving in the State of Idaho – even if you are never arrested or convicted – could be an indication a deeper issue – the dysfunctional judgment that is characteristic of a substance abuse disorder.

People who are actively addicted to alcohol, street drugs, or prescription medications frequently exhibit poor decision-making skills and a lack of impulse control. Engaging in risky behavior without considering the consequences to yourself or those around you is another symptom of a possible addiction.

The loss of control evidenced by multiple DUIs and the unmanageability resulting from the consequences of those DUIs are textbook characteristics of addiction.

If your drinking and drug use has gotten beyond your control and is negatively impacting other areas of their life, call NorthPoint Recovery today – the premier residential addiction treatment program in the United States.

By combining the latest evidence-based treatment protocols, traditional 12-Step philosophies, and wellness-focused holistic therapies, NorthPoint Recovery can help restore sobriety, sanity, and safety to your life.

I Got a DUI in Idaho – Now What?
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