I was driving from Montana back to Idaho and wrecked my truck and no body else was in else was involved a and the sheriff's said I was inattentive driving
Inattentive driving is a criminal misdemeanor charge, not a traffic infraction. Carries up to $300 in fines, plus criminal court costs (~$200) and up to 90 days jail. The prosecutor would have authority to potentially reduce this to an infraction of some kind, depending on the facts. Even if the prosecutor won't do that, in Ada County they usually just want a fine and the court costs, but not jail, labor detail or community service. Really depends on the facts, age of the driver and driving record.
Inattentive is in part (3) of this statute:
This is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon. Legal problems are very fact-specific and anyone with a legal problem should consult with an attorney.
In addition to Mr. O’Daniel’s advice, I would like to add that consulting an attorney, either a public defender or private counsel could make the difference between being convicted of this misdemeanor charge and potentially having the charge reduced to an infraction. It really depends on if a misdemeanor conviction is significant to you but I wouldn’t automatically just go plead guilty without at least speaking with an attorney. If you want a public defender, the court clerks will tell you how to go about determining your eligibility and getting one appointed.
My comments are intended as a general discussion of a potential legal issue, discussed in the abstract, and should not be relied upon for real-world application. Legal issues are very fact-specific and anyone with a legal issue should consult with an attorney who practices in the applicable area of law.
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