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Many people think that a DUI citation is just one of several traffic tickets that they received the other night, but the charge is much more serious than that. Pleading guilty or being found guilty of even a first DUI in Idaho operates as a misdemeanor conviction that has serious consequences. It’s going to show up on your driving record for the next 10 years, and it can appear on your criminal record for life.

Arrest vs. Conviction in Background Checks

Whether you know it or not, most employers perform criminal background checks on job seekers. Although it’s against the law for Idaho employers to inquire whether a job seeker has been arrested or charged with a crime, it’s not against the law for them to inquire whether a job candidate has ever been convicted of a crime. The date and seriousness of the crime will then be taken into consideration by the potential employer. A DUI conviction can even interfere with a person’s present employment, especially if he or she failed to be truthful on their employment application several years ago that helped them get the job in the first place.

Plea agreements

Judges have broad sentencing discretion in Idaho DUI cases, and it’s not against the law for a judge to consider a plea agreement on a different charge than DUI in return for a plea of guilty. Two lesser charges would be reckless driving and inattentive driving. Other alternatives are also available in DUI cases. An experienced DUI attorney from our office can advise you of possible alternative dispositions and keeping a DUI off of your record.

Contact a DUI Lawyer Today

Take a DUI charge seriously. It can come back to haunt you years down the road. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, pick up the phone to arrange for a free consultation and case review. We both want the charge to carry as little impact as possible or no impact at all on your life and career.

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