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If you were arrested for drunk driving in Alabama, you are probably concerned about the serious criminal allegations you now face. You don’t want to have to spend time in jail, and you are probably worried about having your license suspended and having a criminal record. You wonder what impact this will have on your career, your family and your future. If you are like most people who have to answer in court for an Alabama DUI, you are probably intimidated and overwhelmed by the Alabama DUI process.
You have every right to be cautious, and if you weren’t worried you wouldn’t be normal because the charges you face can cause you great discomfort now, and affect your future.
Alabama DUI Laws
Under Alabama DUI Law, it is illegal to drive or physically control a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol or any drug which makes you incapable of driving safely.
The legal limit for alcohol in Alabama is 0.08 or more alcohol concentration. In addition, the state has separate DUI laws for people under 21 years of age, for school bus drivers, for drivers of commercial vehicles, and for cases involving injury or death by impaired driving (or boating) conduct.
Alabama DUI Penalties
Alabama DUI punishments: Even a first offense Alabama DUI conviction carries up to one year in jail and a 90 day license suspension. The more prior DUI convictions a person has, the higher the sentence range.
Alabama considers a fourth offense DUI (and anything beyond a fourth time) to be a felony, and carries between one and ten years in jail, which can include hard labor.
If you have a child under 14 years of age in the vehicle and get a DUI, your punishment will be doubled from the minimum of what it would otherwise have been.
In addition to the court imposed criminal penalties, there are hosts of possible collateral effects on your life. These could include losing a professional or occupational license, being deported or having travel restrictions to other countries if you are a US Citizen, and having severe difficulties getting all kinds of insurance, including auto, life, health and disability.
Alabama DUI License Suspensions and Driving Sanctions
In addition to going to jail and paying heavy fines as part of an Alabama DUI conviction, it is also possible to lose your driver’s license administratively for either failing a chemical test or refusing to take one. Learn more about the Alabama DUI license suspension laws and implied consent laws, and what you and your attorney can do to eliminate or lessen the impact of your DUI case on your ability to legally drive.
Your Alabama DUI case may not be as bad as it seems
Were you given a chemical test? Alabama DUI testing is not foolproof, and is prone to a host of errors that could result in false highs or false positives. You owe it to yourself to have your case examined by an experienced AL DUI lawyer who knows how to analyze the data provided during your chemical test analysis. A good lawyer will be able to find any errors that might exist and use them to your advantage.
In addition, there are many other things that can, and do, go wrong for the State’s case against you. For example, if a witness is proven to be a liar or is not available for cross examination, it can result in the whole case against you being thrown out of court. Without the help of an attorney, you may never discover weaknesses in the case against you such as missing evidence, unavailable forensic or law enforcement witnesses and many other things. You may also never know if there are legal defenses to your case.
You owe it to yourself to consult with an experienced Alabama DUI lawyer to determine whether you have a case. In many ways, you can’t afford not to have an attorney guide you through the Alabama DUI court process. There is simply too much at stake to bury your head in the sand or pretend that this will go away by itself or that it won’t hurt you in the long run to just plead guilty and be done with it.