DUI In Alabama, What You Need To Know

First, you need to know that a DUI is a serious crime in Alabama that accompanies serious consequences. Even a first-time DUI conviction can result in the loss of your driver's license for 90 days, community service, fines, court costs, and potentially up to a year in jail. For subsequent DUI convictions the punishments are only more severe.

Secondly, you need to know that a DUI case can be won. Police are prone to make mistakes and an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney can take advantage of those mistakes. For example, evidence obtained by the police as the product of an illegal stop can be deemed inadmissible in court. Additionally, field sobriety tests can be an inaccurate indication of intoxication, and breathalyzer tests can be improperly administered.

Finally, you need to know that DUI law is an ever evolving area of the law that can be very complicated. Did you know that you can also be arrested for DUI if you are asleep in the back of a parked vehicle? The law allows for the police to arrest an individual suspected of drunk driving if the alleged offender is in control of the vehicle. Additionally, in Alabama, the law changed earlier this year to making the costs and burdens even stiffer for those arrested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 and above. These examples stress the importance of not facing a DUI charge on your on and why it is important to hire an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney.

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