In Alabama, like in many other states, penalties for a second DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense are generally more severe than those for a first offense. Penalties may include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs, and possibly even jail time.
Here are some general aspects you might expect for a second DUI offense in Alabama:
- Fines: The fines for a second DUI offense are typically higher than for a first offense. The exact amount can vary, and it's essential to check the most current laws or consult with a legal professional.
- License Suspension: A second DUI offense in Alabama often results in a longer license suspension than a first offense. The duration of the suspension can vary, and there may be the possibility of obtaining a restricted license for essential purposes.
- Ignition Interlock Device: Alabama may require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on the vehicle for a second DUI offense. This device requires the driver to pass a breathalyzer test before starting the car.
- Jail Time: A second DUI conviction may lead to mandatory jail time. The length of imprisonment can vary, and it might depend on factors such as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of arrest.
- Probation: In addition to or in lieu of jail time, the court may impose probation, during which you must comply with specific conditions set by the court.
- Alcohol Education/Treatment Programs: You may be required to complete an alcohol education or treatment program.
- SR-22 Insurance: After a DUI conviction, you may need to obtain an SR-22 insurance certificate, which is a form of high-risk auto insurance.
It's crucial to consult with an experienced DUI attorney to understand the specific consequences you may face based on the details of your case. Additionally, seeking legal advice early in the process can help you navigate the legal system and explore possible defenses or mitigating factors. Call attorney Sam Dixon today at (205) 616-8896 for a free consultation.