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The Boise DUI Attorneys at Baldauf Masser, LLP

Why Hire a DUI Attorney?

Being charged with a DUI is extremely stressful. Whether the charge results from having one too many while out to dinner or an unexpected reaction to prescription drugs, it often means that one is unexpectedly dragged into involvement with the criminal justice system. Conviction on a DUI charge can have wide-ranging consequences beyond the potential for jail time or a fine that people often associate with getting a criminal charge. Once charged, you are at risk to have your license suspended and car insurance rates increase. You could also be required to have an interlock device installed in any vehicle you drive, which is particularly problematic for those that drive a work vehicle. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney like those at Baldauf Masser, LLP gives you the best chance to defend your rights, prove your innocence or mitigate any of the negative consequences that could result from such a charge.

Why is it Important to Hire a DUI Attorney Right Away?

It is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after being charged with a DUI. If you failed a breath or blood test when being arrested for a DUI, you only have 7 days to request an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing with the Department of Transportation. In a criminal case, the government is required to provide an attorney at public expense if you are indigent. But this right does NOT apply to ALS proceedings. If you do not retain an attorney before these 7 days are up, you will have to request an ALS hearing yourself and will have to represent yourself at this hearing.

What Can the DUI Attorneys at Baldauf Masser do to Help?

But representing in an administrative hearing is only one of the many things the experienced DUI attorneys at Baldauf Masser, LLP can do to help guide you through this process. The necessary legal analysis and steps in a DUI defense are complex. At your first court appearance, prosecutors may ask that you be put under pre-trial supervision while your case is being processed. This pre-trial supervision is akin to probation and can result in having to do check-ins or take alcohol or drug tests at the discretion of your supervising officer. These often can conflict with work, school or familial responsibilities. We can advocate to the judge that such supervision is inappropriate in your case. The Fourth Amendment protects your rights against illegal search and seizure. We can review the facts and evidence in your case to determine whether your rights were violated and ask the court to throw out evidence if the police illegally stopped you or didn’t have the right to demand you take a breath or blood test. Additionally, the breath testing equipment is far from foolproof and must be maintained appropriately and regularly calibrated. We can review the police records regarding maintenance and calibration of the breath testing equipment and challenge the way any test results could be used in your case if the police weren’t keeping this equipment in proper working order. Finally, even if you are convicted, we can argue to the judge that requiring you to get an interlock device installed on any vehicle you drive is unduly burdensome and should not be imposed against you.

Call Now to Speak with An Experienced DUI Attorney at Baldauf Masser, LLP Before it is Too Late.

We have years of experience representing Idahoans who have been charged with a DUI. We offer free consultations and are happy to talk to you about the process of working through a DUI charge and will answer any questions you may have. Flat-fees available.

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Baldauf Masser

We are a small firm focused on guiding normal people through tough situations with a compassionate, thoughtful, and zealous approach. Our practice centers around criminal defense, family law, and small business/startup consulting.