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Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI in Alabama

If you’re arrested and charged with driving under the influence, the majority of the time you are facing misdemeanor charges. Basic DUI accusations are generally punishable by up to a year in ...
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Two Ways Your License Could Be Suspended After a DUI

For many people who are arrested, the number-one thing they dread isn’t the possibility of jail time or the large fines, but the possibility that their driver’s license may be suspended. ...
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Five Crazy DUI Stories You Can Learn From

Have you ever heard a story that was so crazy that there was zero chance it was made up? They happen, and DUI arrests are no exception. Fortunately, when someone becomes a part of one of these ...
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The Three Most Common Types of Field Sobriety Tests

When it comes to DUI law, establishing “probable cause” for making an arrest used to essentially be down to an officer’s gut feeling based on tests that were about as widely varied ...
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What Can Cause a False-Positive Breathalyzer Test?

The breathalyzer test is one of the most common ways law enforcement determine your blood alcohol content level after arresting you and charging you with driving under the influence. While these small ...
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Can I Be Arrested for Hurting Someone in Self-Defense?

As part of your Constitutional right to life, you have the right to “security of person,” which means you have the right to protect yourself from undue harm. In terms of legal definitions, ...
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What Police Don't Want You to Know About Field Sobriety Tests

Highway patrol officers all around the country rely heavily on field sobriety tests (FST) to secure a driving under the influence ( DUI ) arrest. Since knowledge is power, police would prefer it if ...
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What are the Differences Between Assault & Battery?

How many times have you heard someone mention that they or someone else was “arrested for assault and battery”? The way they said it or the scenario they described probably made it sound ...
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Do I Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test If I'm Pulled Over?

When someone is pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence ( DUI ), the police officer needs to determine if there is actually valid reasoning to make an arrest. The most popular method ...
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What Defenses Can Be Used Against a Resisting Arrest Charge?

The crime of resisting arrest is pretty much guaranteed to put police officers on edge and raise the hairs of prosecutors. By its nature, resisting arrest is a form of defiance against law ...
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What to Do If You're Accused of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence represents a complex area of the law where violent crimes like assault and battery overlaps with family law disputes. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter and the close ...
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Expunging DUI Charges from Your Record Benefits Your Future

People arrested for and charged with driving under the influence ( DUI ) in Alabama but never actually convicted of the crime can still be faced with serious consequences, perhaps for the rest of ...
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Your Miranda Rights During a DUI Arrest & How to Protect Them

You have probably heard the term “Miranda Rights” in conversation about arrests, or even police dramas, before. But if you are like most people, you might not actually know the long and ...
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Your Rights at a DUI or Sobriety Checkpoint in Alabama

Police officers and highway patrol officers are not permitted to pull over anyone without probable cause, or the reasonable suspicion that a driver has committed a crime. However, sobriety checkpoints ...
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Post-DUI Transportation Options

In many circumstances, losing one’s privilege to drive is one of the most frightening aspects of a DUI. An individual can often become very frustrated with the legal system as they are trying to ...
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Can I Refuse a Sobriety Test in Alabama?

All states have some kind of DUI laws in place, which includes the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit and the legal age of drinking in general. Alabama is also one of the states that have what is ...
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Can I Just Turn Around if I See a DUI Checkpoint?

Imagine you’re driving home from a party when all of a sudden, traffic starts to back up. Looking down the road, you realize that there is a DUI checkpoint ahead. You’re nervous because ...
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Is it Possible to Trick a Breathalyzer?

Have you ever heard it said that putting a penny under your tongue will help you trick a breathalyzer machine? Or that rinsing your mouth out will help lower your blood alcohol content (BAC) reading? ...
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Why You Should Never Leave the Scene of an Accident

Getting caught in a car accident can be an intimidating ordeal for anyone. Matters get even more nerve-wracking if you believe that you are to blame, or that your motor control was possibly hampered ...
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Get Ready for Holiday DUI Checkpoints

The holiday season guarantees more of two things each year: car accidents and highway DUI sobriety checkpoints. Not surprisingly, the two are related. Police set up more traffic stops to catch anyone ...
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Alabama Dram Shop Laws & Social Host Liability

A DUI (driving under the influence) with injury charge is a serious offense that carries heavy penalties and the likelihood that both real and punitive damages will be paid to the injured party by the ...
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DUI with Injury: Escalated Charges & Potential Penalties

If you are charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), you need to worry about temporarily losing your license, spending time in jail, and paying high fines upon conviction. If you are charged ...
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Drunk Driving with a Child in the Car

Alabama has among the toughest drunk driving laws and penalties in the nation. While it is no secret that driving under the influence (DUI) has serious consequences, several circumstances can lead to ...
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Drugged Driving In Alabama - DUI Law

In Alabama, it is a serious criminal offense to drive while intoxicated and while alcohol may be the most common cause for arrests related to driving under the influence (DUI), it is not the only ...
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What to Do If You are Stopped for a DUI

Put yourself behind the wheel, driving along the highways of Alabama at night and going home. Now put alcohol on your breath due to having a drink with your buddies. Now put the red and blue lights of ...
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