Driving Without Privileges (DWP)

Boise, Idaho DWP Lawyer

Get legal advice about a Driving Without Privileges case in Boise, Idaho

Any person who drives or is in actual physical control of any motor vehicle upon the highways of this state with knowledge or who has received legal notice pursuant to section 49-320, Idaho Code, that his driver’s license, driving privileges or permit to drive is revoked, disqualified or suspended in this state or any other jurisdiction is guilty of a misdemeanor. –Idaho Code § 18-8001

A first time offense of Driving Without Privileges (a.k.a. DWP) is a misdemeanor crime in Idaho. It carries with it a maximum penalty of six (6) months in jail and a one-thousand ($1,000) dollar fine, or both.  It also carried with it a maximum possible penalty of one-hundred and eighty (180) day driver’s license suspension. If you are convicted of a first time DWP offense, the Idaho statute has a mandatory minimum of two (2) days of jail.

Obtaining a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in a Driving Without Privileges case is a wise choice. A criminal defense lawyer can assist you in having the charges dismissed, or reduced.  He can assist you in avoiding an additional license suspension. He can help argue your case before the judge so that you can avoid facing up to six (6) months in jail. There are possible defenses to a DWP charge. Lack of sufficient notice, and possible glitches in the Idaho Department of Transportation’s system, or simple over sights on the part of the Department of Transportation.

It is not uncommon, especially for first time offender’s, to have the charges reduced or dismissed all together. I can help you put a case together to give you the best shot of having the charges reduced or dismissed. Call me today at (208) 571-0627, and either set up an appointment for a free consultation, or take advantage of a free consultation over the phone.


L. Craig Atkinson is a criminal defense lawyer, located in Boise, Idaho, representing criminal defendants in the Treasure Valley, including Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian, Garden City, Mountain Home, and Cascade.