Alabama License Suspension for DUI

Understanding the Penalties for Drunken Driving

There are many penalties associated with DUI in Alabama that can be harsh or completely life-altering. For example, a DUI conviction may leave the defendant facing penalties such as imprisonment, steep fines, or extended periods of mandatory community service. While these penalties are not to be taken lightly, one of the most inconvenient and disruptive of DUI punishments is the suspension of the defendant's license.

In Alabama, a defendant can lose their right to drive after their very first DUI:

  • First DUI conviction can result in a 90-day license suspension
  • Second DUI conviction can result in a 1-year license revocation
  • Third DUI conviction within 5 years can result in a 3-year license revocation
  • Fourth or subsequent DUI conviction within 5 years can result in a 5-year license revocation

License Suspension vs. License Revocation

Although similar, it is actually different to have a suspended license and to have a revoked license. License suspension is more casual in nature and is usually short-term (ex: 90 days). On the other hand, a revoked license is more permanent and means that the Director of Public Safety has actually completely withdrawn your right to drive. After the revocation period ends, you will be required to apply for a new license.

DUI Defense Attorney in the Birmingham Area

With a decade of legal experience, Birmingham DUI Attorney Jay Ephriam Tidwell has what it takes to help you protect your freedoms. If you would like to protect your rights and avoid serious penalties, such as the suspension or revocation of your license, contact the firm today!

Give us a call at (205) 800-8596 or fill out our online form to request a case evaluation.