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Penalties for DUI in Idaho

The first DUI conviction in Idaho is a misdemeanor. For a first time DUI conviction an individual may receive (at the maximum): Six months in jail, a $1,000.00 fine, a license suspension anywhere from 90-180 days and possibly a restricted license for up to 30 days following the suspension. The court may decide that the 30 day suspension should be extended for an additional 90-180 days. However, the offender may request restricted driving privileges for employment or family health needs if the offender can prove that some driving privileges are necessary. Additionally, the court may order alcohol evaluation and treatment.

For a second DUI conviction (whether or not the first DUI occurred in Idaho) an individual may receive a maximum of: one year in jail, community service, a $2,000.00 fine, a minimum license restriction of one year following the jail term, the installation of an ignition interlocking device for one year at the expense of the offender. Also, for a second time offense there is no opportunity to receive driving privileges for work or medical needs.  Additionally, the court may order alcohol evaluation and treatment.

The third arrest for DUI in Idaho the offender may be jailed any length of time that the court finds appropriate, but for no more than 10 years. However, it is not mandatory to serve jail time in a state jail. If the court decides the offender may be sentenced to the county jail for a mandatory minimum of 30 days. The fines associated with a third DUI can be as high as $5,000 and the offender’s drivers license will be suspended for 1-5 years after the end of the jail term. The offender may also be ordered to install an ignition interlock system at their own expense following the mandatory one year suspension.


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