DUI Lawyer In Boise

DUI Lawyers In Boise, Idaho – Experienced And Affordable Legal Defense

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Boise, the effects of a possible conviction can last for years. Prosecutors are trained to quickly move these cases through the justice system, earning a conviction and moving on to the next case.

Even if you feel that you are guilty of DUI, pleading guilty right away is not always the best legal outcome for you. Give yourself the chance to protect your future, and give yourself the grace of a second chance.

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    What Can A DUI Lawyer Boise Do For YOU?

    When you are facing DUI charges, you are placed in an unfamiliar system without much knowledge of what you can do in the situation. Beyond that, you are dealing with the stress and uncertainty of what could lie ahead.

    The first thing that an experienced Boise DUI attorney can do for you is help you understand your legal options. People need straight talk and access to someone who knows the system. At Idaho Legal Justice, we are responsive to our clients, and you can reach us directly.

    In addition, our DUI lawyers will get to the bottom of your case quickly. For many defendants, it seems like their case is happening at warp speed. An attorney will help you understand your situation. At the same time, the attorney will learn whether there are any weak parts of the case against you that could help you fight the charges. If you choose not to fight the charges, your lawyer could help you negotiate the best deal possible.

    The DUI Process

    The DUI process begins when you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Police will administer field sobriety tests, and then the breathalyzer test. If it is above the legal limit (0.08), you will be charged with DUI. You will usually be able to bond out and be released from custody within a few hours.

    Depending on your charge, you will either receive a notification to come to the courthouse to set a court date (DUI 1st) or you will be given an order to appear at an arraignment within a few days (DUI Excessive and DUI 2nd). If you are ordered to appear at an arraignment, you will be informed of the charges against you and asked to enter a plea. You should have an attorney at this hearing. There is a high chance that you will be placed on Pretrial Supervision, and an attorney can argue to the judge on your behalf, and ensure that you are fully informed of the steps you’ll need to take after the hearing.

    In about a month, you will have a pretrial conference. If you are contesting the charges, the judge may rule on some of the legal issues. Here, you may negotiate a plea bargain if that is what is best in your case. If you have not reached a plea agreement, the judge will schedule a new pretrial conference. If you want to fight the charges, the judge will set a hearing date for a criminal trial.

    Our Work

    • We will immediately file a Plea of not Guilty and Request for Discovery
    • We will always notify you of your court dates
    • We will gain access to the evidence for your case
    • We will watch all of the bodycam and review the police reports for your case. 
      – We look for instances in which law enforcement did not follow proper procedures or respect your constitutional rights
    • Negotiate a Plea Deal
      – If we do not find evidence that allows you to beat your charge, we reach out to the prosecutor to negotiate a plea agreement. That agreement is usually similar to the chart below.
    • Go To Court
      – We will appear at your hearings with you and argue to the judge on your behalf. We will fully prepare you for what to expect.

      MISDEMEANOR DUI PENALTIES CHART

      No Crim History

      Prior within 10

      BAC less than 0.2

      $750 fine plus court costs, 5 days of community service, 6 month license suspension (30 days absolute), 1 year of unsupervised probation, 1 year interlock, DUI evaluation and comply, and a victim’s panel.

      $1000 fine plus court costs, 2-5 days in jail, 10 days of community service, 1 year absolute license suspension, 1 year supervised probation, 1 year interlock, DUI evaluation and comply, and a victim’s panel.

      BAC greater than 0.2

      $1000 fine plus court costs, 10 days of community service, 1 year absolute license suspension, 1 year supervised probation, 1 yr interlock, DUI evaluation and comply, and a victim’s panel.

      $1000 fine plus court costs, 2-5 days in jail, 10-20 days community service, 1 year absolute license suspension, 1 year supervised probation, 1 yr interlock, DUI evaluation and comply, and a victim’s panel.

      Refusal 

      1 year absolute driver’s license suspension and 1 year interlock, in addition to DUI penalties.

      1 year absolute driver’s license suspension and 1 year interlock, in addition to DUI penalties.


      **If you are charged with a felony DUI (two excessive DUI’s within 5 years; aggravated DUI; 3rd DUI within fifteen years) then your potential outcome will depend heavily on the facts of the case and your criminal history.

    DUI Charges In Idaho

    The Idaho Criminal Code charges a person for drinking in public places with a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08 percent with the following stipulations. Idaho has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under 21.

    • There can be a jail sentence of up to six months.
    • If the motorist has a blood alcohol level over .20, they will see prison time between 10 days and one year.
    • In addition, there will be a license suspension between 90 and 180 days.

    The penalties rise on subsequent convictions.

    • The second offense carries a jail sentence between ten days and one year, while the third offense has a minimum sentence of 30 days with jail time of up to a year.

    Given the progressively steeper penalties for each conviction, you should think carefully about pleading guilty, even for the first offense.This is not to say that a plea bargain may not lead to the best legal outcome. It does mean that you need to consider all of the present and possible future consequences.

    A DUI conviction could even lead to your loss of livelihood if you depend on transportation on a daily basis. If you are a commercial driver, you could lose your job and license.

    What Our Amazing Clients Are Saying..

    joshua alonzo
    joshua alonzo
    2023-10-31
    Sam and the team were vary helpful and comforting in my time of stress, I am vary fortunate to have found them and would have them represent me again if the need ever arose. Thank you guys for the save!!
    Roshawn Odom
    Roshawn Odom
    2023-10-23
    Outstanding effort and consistency from the attorneys and their team! It was my first DUI and they were able to get me no community service(which is rare). Happy to say I chose the right attorneys in Idaho!
    Aerin Ghighina
    Aerin Ghighina
    2023-10-20
    Sam is a very kind and professional man! Himself and the team made sure I was prepared and comfortable throughout my whole process and I’m very grateful he was there to represent me.
    Chris Roberts
    Chris Roberts
    2023-10-07
    I would highly recommend they were very helpful in my situation
    Tony Srimoukda
    Tony Srimoukda
    2023-10-03
    Some of the best Attorneys in the state of Idaho. Super nice, professional, communication is superb, and they actually care. Can't go wrong when using their services. I high recommend them!
    Joshua Meyers
    Joshua Meyers
    2023-09-22
    Sam and Emily worked with me through my case. Extremely responsive and helpful and provided great guidance. They are awesome people. This was my first offense and with their guidance, I got the best possible outcome. If you can follow their directions well, things will turn out okay for you! Good luck.
    Brian Lowe
    Brian Lowe
    2023-09-22
    Sam and his team are amazing! My DUI charge got completely dropped and he walked me through every step
    Myra Nichole
    Myra Nichole
    2023-09-22
    I hired Sam from a recommendation and am beyond glad that I did. Sam and his team are so professional and beyond comforting through the entire process of working with them. I felt secure in my decision to work with Idaho Legal Justice and am beyond grateful to have had such a communicative and helpful team on my side !
    Camryn Lawless
    Camryn Lawless
    2023-09-21
    Sam is a very professional attorney who represented my case and was able to require a lightened outcome for me. I highly recommend sam for his hard work and experience in his field. He made everything make sense for me when I had. hard time understanding and answered all of my questions and concerns when I had any. I hope to never have to go through another situation with court, but if I did, I will be calling Sam again!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Much Does a DUI Lawyer Cost in Boise

    Our office can represent you in your case on a flat fee basis, even if we take your case to trial. Our fees depend on the level of charges against you. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, our service will cost $2,500-3,500.

    For your legal fees, you will get a compassionate and responsive attorney who is committed to going the extra mile. You will get a cell phone number where you can reach your attorney, and you can discuss your case. We are always a text or phone call away.

    Do I need a lawyer for DUI in Idaho?

    It’s likely that you are more than capable of doing this process on your own. The benefits of hiring a lawyer is that they can point you in the right direction for an evaluation, classes, and community service. Judges and prosecutors are impressed when those tasks are done before sentencing. You will know that your lawyer has reviewed the evidence on your case (including bodycam footage which you cannot obtain on your own) to make sure that law enforcement treated you fairly. You will have an advocate on your side to negotiate a fair deal with the prosecutor, and argue on your behalf in front of the judge. If you have been wrongfully accused, a lawyer can guide you through the process of trial. With an experienced professional on your side, you can be confident that you are not being taken advantage of by the system, and that you will be fully aware of every possible outcome.

    How do I get SR-22 Insurance?

    If you are convicted of a DUI, you will be required to obtain an SR-22 insurance policy (high-risk driver’s insurance) for a certain period of time. Depending on your charge and if you are eligible for withheld judgment, you may be required to keep this policy from 1-3 years. You can get SR-22 insurance from your own auto insurance company, or from a different insurance company.

    What is withheld judgment? 

    Withheld judgment is your one get-out-of-jail-free card. You can use it only once during your lifetime. Complete everything that the judge has asked you to do after sentencing, complete your term of probation, and your case will be dismissed. While it will still show up on your record, it will show as dismissed. This can all be done by writing a letter to the judge when your probation is over.

    What happens if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test?

    A lot of advice you see on the internet tells you not to consent to a breathalyzer test if you are under suspicion of DUI. This is not always the best decision. If you refuse the breathalyzer test, a civil refusal case will be brought against you, and your license could be suspended for 1 year, regardless of if you are guilty of DUI or not.

    Even if you refuse the breathalyzer test, the officer will still be able to request a warrant from the judge to draw your blood, and if signed, they will still be able to obtain evidence that could incriminate you of a DUI. This leaves you with a DUI charge as well as a 1-year license suspension. If you are charged with a refusal, contact a lawyer immediately. You have 7 days from the date of your arrest to appeal the 1 year license suspension penalty.

    You Need A Lawyer To Defend You

    When anyone is convicted of a DUI in Idaho, it is in their best interest to seek the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. DUI law can be very complex in both its defense against a criminal charge, and there could be nuances to your case that could blindside you with unexpected penalties that you aren’t prepared for. A good defense requires the help of experienced DUI attorneys who have knowledge and experience in Idaho’s DUI laws. Idaho Legal Justice has helped this community with close to a thousand DUI cases. We offer knowledge and experience, as well as empathy for your situation.

    Call us today at (208) 351-5636 or stop by our office to discuss your case. We offer flat-fee arrangements and payment plans so you can afford the legal representation that you need.

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