Monday, April 23, 2012

Boise Criminal Lawyers - DUI Attorneys - License Suspension

 License Suspension in Idaho
I have often discussed license suspension in my blogs primarily because as a Boise Criminal Lawyer I deal regularly with individuals who have their licenses taken away due to a DUI or a DWP.  These are the most frequent causes of suspensions.  Another area where I see individuals have their driving privileges taken away for reasons other than DUI and DWP is in the commercial vehicle arena.  The Idaho Code outlines several circumstances that result in a minimum of one year license suspensions for carries of commercial licenses.  

Commercial Vehicles
Obviously, the Idaho Code includes a license suspension if a driver of a commercial vehicle is convicted of a DUI.  However, you will also have it taken away if you leave the scene of an accident, if you commit a felony while operating a vehicle, causing a fatality while operating a commercial vehicle and for refusing to submit to tests to determine your blood alcohol level.  In addition, if you are convicted of a DUI,  a DWP or any of the other above named situations and you are transporting hazardous materials (which requires a placard), your license will be suspended for a minimum of 3 years.  Another interesting situation I have seen as a criminal lawyer is something known as an "imminent hazard disqualification".  You may be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle if the federal motor vehicle carrier administration determines that your driving constitutes a imminently hazardous.

As a Boise Criminal Attorney people often ask me if these are the only situations that result in loss of a commercial license.  The answer, however, is no.  There are numerous other situation that can be found in the Idaho Code.  Also, just a reminder the legal limit for a commercial driver is .04% and anything above that level will result in a DUI.  Also, if your commercial license is revoked, any other driver's license you hold, including a Class D license will be suspended.  One other reminder, you can be convicted of a DUI without ever taking a drink of alcohol.  Having drugs in your system, including marijuana and possibly over the counter medications, will also result in a DUI.

What Can You Do?
What can you do if you find yourself in a situation where you might lose your livelihood if you are convicted a circumstance that might result in the lose of your license?  Your best bet is to find a criminal attorney who has the experience to help you.  You need to act quickly and you need to make certain no stone is left unturned. If you have found yourself in a situation where you need a Boise Criminal Defense Lawyer, please give us a call at (208) 472-2383 and see what one of our attorneys can do for you.

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