Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
A criminal charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is no easy thing to beat, but the consequences of conviction are dire. You could face a number of penalties that may alter your lifestyle, restrict your freedom, and cause financial difficulties.
Alabama laws concerning DUI are extremely stringent:
- Drivers may not have a blood alcohol level of .08% or more.
- Commercial drivers may not exceed 0.04%.
- Drivers under age 21 who operate a school bus or day care van have a limit of 0.02%.
- First offenses carry maximum fines of $2,100 and/or 1 year in jail, loss of license for 90 days, and completion of a mandatory substance abuse program.
- Second offenses (if occurring within 5 years of the first) carry maximum fines of $5,100 and/or one year in jail, mandatory 48 hours in jail or 20 days community service, loss of license for one year, and completion of a substance abuse program.
- Third offenses carry maximum fines of $10,100, a jail sentence of up to 1 year, loss of license for three years, and completion of a substance abuse program.
- Fourth (or subsequent) offenses carry maximum fines of $10,100, a jail sentence of up to 10 years, license suspension for 5 years, and mandatory substance abuse program.
- A refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test carries an automatic 90-day license suspension.
- The law allows for a DUI arrest to be made even if the driver is sitting behind the wheel of a parked car, or even sleeping in the driver’s seat.
If you are arrested for DUI in Alabama, you must answer to separate charges by the state of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Concerning your driving privilege, you have only 10 days to request a Department of Public Safety hearing. An experienced Birmingham DUI attorney can fill you in on all the information you should know when facing DUI charges, file a request for a license revocation hearing, and start putting together a strategic defense.
The criminal defense attorneys at The Shelnutt Law Firm will work hard to investigate the details of your arrest. If you suffered a violation of your constitutional rights, if the arresting officers did not follow procedure, if the blood alcohol testing equipment was defective, or if the officer’s reason for stopping you was not legitimate, you may be able to avoid a DUI conviction.
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If you are facing DUI charges, please speak with an experienced DUI attorney who can help you through the legal process and stand up for your legal rights. Please contact the Shelnutt Law Firm today for your free consultation at one of our Alabama offices.
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