If You’ve Been Arrested for DUI in Idaho, Hire Idaho's Elite DUI Attorney


Before Cody Long became a criminal defense lawyer, he trained extensively in DUI investigations. It soon became obvious to him that decent people could benefit greatly from his firsthand knowledge about how DUI investigations are supposed to be performed and the mistakes that officers make when conducting their investigations. With his background, Mr. Long is the DUI attorney to hire if you're faced with a DUI.


Civil Penalties—You Only Have Seven Days to Take Action

The Idaho Transportation Department will automatically suspend your driver’s license if you failed the breathalyzer test during a DUI stop. If you refused the breathalyzer test, the penalties are much worse and the prosecutor will seek a court order banning you from driving for one year. These are considered “civil proceedings” (as opposed to criminal proceedings). If you want to fight the automatic suspension, you must begin the process within seven days of your driving under the influence arrest. The following summarizes the license suspension penalties in an Idaho DUI civil case:

  • First-time DUI (failed test): 90-day suspension

  • First-time DUI (refused to take test): 1-year suspension and $250 fine

  • Second DUI in five years/Second failed test in five years: 1-year suspension

  • Second DUI in 10 years/Second test refusal in 10 years: 2-year suspension and $250 fine

  • Ignition Interlock is required if you fail an evidentiary test

Criminal Penalties for DUI in Idaho

The prosecutor is already preparing his case against you. You need a knowledgeable DUI attorney like Cody Long on your side as soon as possible to adequately prepare your case. Remember, not every criminal defense attorney knows how to handle DUI cases. They are complex in the law and in the scientific nature of the evidence. You need to hire a DUI lawyer like Mr. Long, who understands how to fight DUI cases, how officers are trained, how officers are supposed to conduct their investigations, the common errors that officers can make, and what it takes to win.

Mr. Long will analyze your case and devise a specific plan for you. You will both work together to decide whether the best course of action is to go to trial or make the best of a bad situation and work out a plea deal with the prosecutor.

The following is a non-exhaustive summary of the criminal penalties you face in addition to the penalties in the civil case:

CHARGE                              JAIL TIME              PROBATION          FINE          LICENSE SUSPENSION

First-Time DUI                   180 Days                   2 Years               $1,000          180 Days                       

First-time “Excessive”       Minimum 10 days

(0.20 or Above)                  to 1 Year                   2 Years                $2,000         1 Year                            

Second DUI in 10 Years   10 days to 1 Year     2 Years                $2,000         1 Year                           

Second “Excessive”

DUI in 5 Years                    30 days - 5 Years     5 Years                $5,000         5 Years                         

Third DUI (Felony) in

10 Years                              30 days -10 Years   10 years              $5,000         5 Years                         

Aggravated DUI                 15 Years                    TBD                     $5,000         5 Years                         


Idaho law requires an ignition interlock for any driver convicted of a DUI.

As you can see, the penalties for DUI in Idaho are significant, even for a first offense. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could make your case go away and tell you that everything will be all right? Obviously, the fact that you were arrested can’t be magically undone. What Boise DUI lawyer Cody Long can do is analyze your case and offer you his premier skills and abilities as a criminal defense attorney, giving you peace of mind knowing he will work hard to help you through the process and toward the best possible solution for you, whether that means plea negotiations, a motion to dismiss the charge(s) against you or fighting for your rights in a jury trial.

Call Long Law Office, PLLC to Get Started Right Away

For more than 17 years, attorney Cody Long has been helping people defend their cases against even the toughest criminal prosecutors. His extensive knowledge about DUI law, procedures, and investigations gives him an advantage in the courtroom, something that has proven very effective for achieving the best outcomes. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Idaho, call Boise DUI lawyer Cody Long at Long Law Office right away. The consultation is free: (208) 287-3303.