Alabama DUI Penalties

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DUI charges are handled with much determination by prosecutors. Since a DUI is a driving offense, a criminal offense, and sometimes a violent offense, the severity of punishment for DUI charges varies greatly from case by case. Depending on the circumstance of the alleged offense, a defendant may face a wide range of penalties, from license suspension to completion of a mandatory alcohol program. DUI charges should never be taken lightly, however, no matter how trivial they may seem, because the penalties and conviction can levy affect one's future for many years. Take action now if you've been arrested for driving under the influence.

There are several main types of penalties possible for a DUI-related criminal conviction in Birmingham. These often include:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Mandatory license suspension
  • License revocation (for repeat offenders)

If you are facing a DUI charged for the second or third time within five years of your first DUI conviction, you could be facing increased penalties for your repeat offense. The intensity of penalties can also vary depending on the circumstances of the case. A first time offender can expect to face no more than a year of imprisonment (with no mandatory minimum), while a fourth time offender can face up to 10 years in prison. Fines and license suspension also increase according to the number of convictions within five years of the first as well as other potentially aggravating factors concerning the event.

Additional penalties may be placed for convicted offenders if the following was involved:

  • A minor in the vehicle (under 14 years old)
  • Refusing to submit to a breath test
  • Injury or death related to the DUI (other than the offender)
  • Breath test with result of .15% or greater

DUI Lawyers in Birmingham, Shelby County & Jefferson County

DUI conviction will affect one's driving and criminal record for many years, influencing social pursuits such as employment and higher education. If you have been arrested, do not lose hope. With the right legal representative, you may be able to challenge the evidence against you and facilitate a positive result.

Contact Tidwell Law Group, LLC to learn more about DUI penalties in Alabama and to learn how our attorney may be able to help you.