Is It Worth Getting a Lawyer for a DUI?
Laws have become more strict and law enforcement agents have become more diligent in charging people with driving under the influence (DUI) penalties. The consequences of a guilty verdict will impact every aspect of your life, from personal and professional relationships to finances and your ability to drive.
If you’re facing DUI charges, you may be worried about whether it’s worth getting a lawyer for your charges. The professionals at Trilogy Law Group have extensive experience in DUI law and know the Idaho nuances. Here’s what your lawyer can do for you.
Aid Understanding DUI Laws
In Idaho, you’re prohibited from operating or being in physical control of a vehicle while impaired. For individuals 21 and over, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is anything above 0.08. However, there is a possibility that you still can be charged if you are found with a BAC less than 0.08 if you have taken another substance, or are found to be driving recklessly.
The limit for those under 21 years old is 0.02, while it rises just a small amount to 0.04 if you are driving a commercial vehicle. In Idaho, you do have the right to refuse a Breathalyzer, but it puts you in violation of the implied consent law that you agreed to when you obtained your license.
Driving under the influence does not only pertain to the consumption of too much alcohol. These laws include any substance that will impair your perception, judgment, and motor skills. Both prescription drugs and illicit drugs fall under this category.
Know the Penalties for a DUI
Your first offense for a DUI will result in the suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of ninety days with a chance to apply for a restricted license after the first month. There is a risk of facing up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
The penalties increase with each violation. With your second offense, you may be facing a mandatory license suspension of one year with limits on your qualification for a restricted license. A mandatory jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,000 can be assigned. When able to drive, you may have a mandatory ignition interlock device installed.
Your third offense carries a one-year license suspension, a mandatory stay in jail for thirty days up to ten years, fines up to $5,000, and a mandatory ignition interlock device. Third violations and above are considered felony convictions.
If you choose to refuse a Breathalyzer or other chemical test requested in Idaho, you face separate charges in addition to a DUI. This will result in automatic license suspension for one year without the ability to apply for restricted license privileges. In the end, you may be forced to comply with testing which will now be a blood test that is more difficult to defend in court.
What Can a Lawyer do for You?
The goal of a defense attorney is to reduce your charges to avoid jail time, limit fines, and ensure your rights have been upheld. Connecting with lawyers who have extensive experience in DUI cases places you in the best position for a positive outcome. We are able to dedicate time and focus on your individual case and will investigate all details of your case.
The laws are complicated and are routinely being updated. Professional DUI criminal defense lawyers will help you understand your charges and work closely with you to reduce the charges by creating a firm defense strategy.
We will investigate thoroughly to review the cause of your stop, the method and equipment used in testing, and the documentation in place. Your attorney will also represent you in the courtroom. Your lawyer’s experience and presentation of your case can help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed.
Seek Guidance for Your DUI Defense
Criminal charges for driving under the influence have drastic repercussions. Penalties involved result in jail time, suspension, and possible loss of licenses and other restrictions, as well as hefty fines. This puts a strain on not only your bank account, but your personal relationships, your ability to go to school and work, and a mark on your record that follows you for life.
At Trilogy Law Group, we have extensive experience in DUI defense. We will craft a personalized legal plan for you and keep you informed at every turn. Connect with us today by calling 208-968-9060 or completing the online form below for the information you need.