Our Attorneys Represent You in Boise ALS Hearings
Recover your right to drive after an administrative license suspension
Most residents of Boise and Nampa rely on their cars to travel to work or school and to perform everyday tasks like grocery shopping or doctors’ visits. Therefore, losing your driver license is more than a mere inconvenience — it can cause substantial hardships.
Founded in 2001, Gulstrom & Govia represents defendants in criminal courts and Idaho Transportation Department administrative hearings. Our criminal defense law firm takes prompt, decisive steps to get you safely back behind the wheel as soon as possible.
Idaho ALS and DUI laws
Under Idaho Code section 18-8002A, an arrest for driving under the influence leads directly to administrative license suspension (ALS) if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher. Refusal to submit to BAC testing also results in driver license suspension under the same code. However, if your BAC was below .08, you are not subject to license suspension, even if you were arrested based on your poor performance on the DUI field sobriety tests and other evidence, unless that evidence indicates drug impairment.
The ALS is administered by the Idaho Transportation Department and is a separate matter from the criminal penalties you face if you are convicted of driving under the influence. The length of administrative suspension depends on if you have previous DUI charges on your record within the last five years.
Understanding the hearing process
During your license suspension, you may be eligible for a restricted driving permit allowing you to drive to and from work, school and medical appointments as authorized by the Idaho Transportation Department. Depending on your circumstances, you may even be able to have your suspension reversed and your driving privileges restored.
Our attorneys schedule a hearing to obtain your restricted license as soon as legally permissible after your arrest. We get a subpoena to obtain the following:
- Audio recordings
- Reports relevant to your DUI arrest
At the proceedings, the hearing officer receives the arresting officers’ testimony, the evidence submitted by law enforcement and the evidence we choose to provide, considers the reasons for the stop, the arrest and the administration of the evidentiary test, typically the Breathalyzer. This information is used to make a decision about your right to drive with restrictions or to vacate your driver license suspension entirely.
For more information about reinstating your driving privileges after an ALS, consult with our criminal defense firm
To learn more about your DUI arrest and its effect on your driving privileges, discuss your case with Gulstrom & Govia Contact us online or call 208-546-9933 for your free consultation.