Alabama DUI Penalties
Think a DUI conviction will not affect your life? Maybe the system will treat you fairly and it won’t be a big deal? Don’t take these charges lightly! A DUI conviction may mean loss of license, jail time, higher insurance rates, and alcohol education along with countless other negative effects. The judicial system can be harsh to those unprepared. It is crucial that you understand the consequences and have a lawyer specializing in DUI law to ensure a proper defense.
If you or someone you know are facing any of the DUI charges listed below, immediately contact experienced DUI defense attorney Whitney A. Polson. With Whitney Polson on your side, you can be assured that your rights and freedoms will be protected. From suppressing evidence to discrediting the prosecution’s claims, attorney Polson is the right person for the job.
Penalties for people who drive with a BAC double the legal limit.
- Maximum one year in jail
- Double the fines (fines are typically $600-$2100 now)
- License suspended or revoked for up to one year
Drivers over 21 with a child under 14 in their vehicle also face double the punishment.
What happens if I am convicted of DUI?
If you are convicted of your first DUI charge you can face jail time up to one year. You can also face a 90-day license suspension and a fine of $600 to $1,200. If you have any prior DUI convictions, you need to be even more concerned.
If this is your second DUI conviction within 5 years your license may be suspended for 1 year. The fine is increased to $1,100 to $5,100 and jail time is a minimum of 5 days (1 year maximum), or 30 days community service.
The fine is $2,100 to $10,100, license suspension is 3 years, and jail time is 60 days to 1 year.
License suspension increases to 5 years. Jail time is 1 to 10 years, and the fine is $4,100 to $10,100.
In addition to these penalties alcohol education (or DUI School) is generally required for any conviction. You will also have to request an SR-22 insurance form, which flags you as a high risk driver.
How do I avoid a DUI conviction?
Knowledge is the key to successfully defending any DUI charge. Whitney A. Polson specializes in Alabama DUI law and understands the ever changing specifics. By bringing this knowledge to your case, you can count on a solid defense.