First Time DUI in Alabama

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Many people find themselves arrested for the first time in their lives because they are accused of driving under the influence of consuming alcohol. Under Alabama law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while being significantly impaired by alcohol or drugs. The law states that this a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more. For underage and commercial drivers, this is reduced to .02% and .04% BAC, respectively. When you have been arrested for a DUI charge, there are immediate and serious consequences. Securing the services of a knowledgeable DUI lawyer in Birmingham should be your first priority in this situation.

At Tidwell Law Group, LLC our DUI attorney in Birmingham has more than 10 years of experience advocating for the rights of the accused and can use this insight to benefit your case. It is important to remember that simply because you have been charged with DUI does not mean you are convicted. The evidence in your case may be faulty or lacking or an officer may have arrested you on false grounds. We have obtained positive results in numerous past decades and are not afraid to aggressively argue in court on your behalf. Our team is committed to thoroughly preparing a defense tailored to the needs of your case.

What Are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in AL?

There are a number of consequences for a DUI arrest and conviction. While each case is different, individuals will typically be up against the same penalties, so long as no aggravating circumstances, such as an accident that resulted in injuries, exist.

These penalties can range from:

  • Suspension of your license of a 90-day period (or installation of an ignition interlock device for 6 months)
  • Between $600 and $2,100 in fines
  • Potential jail time
  • A criminal record

Following your arrest, your license will be automatically suspended. If you want to appeal your license suspension, you must request a hearing within 10 business days. Additionally, if you refuse to take a BAC test, you may face increased penalties to your license.

Being charged with a DUI can seem like a life-changing and confusing situation. We are here to help you navigate all aspects of the legal system, keeping a client-centered approach.

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