Alabama DUI Penalties
Defend Your Rights, Interests & Your Future!
DUI charges are handled with much determination by prosecutors. Since a DUI is a driving
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:
- Mandatory license suspension
- License revocation (for repeat offenders)
If you are facing a DUI charge 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
- 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 a 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.