Alabama DUI laws are found in Alabama code section 32-5A-191. If you are facing a DUI charge in Alabama, it's crucial to consult with an experienced DUI attorney who can provide guidance based on your specific situation. Contact attorney Sam Dixon today at (205) 616-8896 for a free consultation.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
- The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for non-commercial drivers is typically 0.08%. However, lower limits may apply for certain individuals, such as those under the age of 21 or commercial drivers.
- DUI Penalties:
- Penalties for DUI offenses can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs, probation, and even imprisonment.
- The severity of penalties often depends on factors such as the offender's BAC, prior DUI convictions, and whether there were aggravating circumstances, such as accidents or injuries.
- Implied Consent:
- Alabama has an implied consent law, meaning that drivers are considered to have given their consent to chemical testing for alcohol or drugs if lawfully arrested for DUI. Refusal to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test may result in license suspension.
- Underage DUI:
- For drivers under the age of 21, Alabama has a "zero tolerance" policy. Any detectable BAC can result in DUI charges.
- Ignition Interlock Devices (IID):
- In some cases, particularly for repeat offenders or those with high BAC levels, the court may order the installation of an ignition interlock device on the offender's vehicle. This device requires the driver to pass a breathalyzer test before starting the vehicle.
- Felony DUI:
- DUI offenses are generally misdemeanors, but they can be elevated to felonies under certain circumstances, such as multiple DUI convictions or causing serious injury or death while under the influence.
- Sobriety Checkpoints:
- Sobriety checkpoints may be conducted by law enforcement to check drivers for signs of impairment. These checkpoints must comply with constitutional requirements.
A DUI in Alabama can be a difficult thing to prove. The State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that you were operating a motor vehicle, upon a state road, while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any combination thereof, to such an extent that you are unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you have been charged with driving under the influence or a DUI in Alabama, contact Dixon Law, LLC today at (205) 616-8896. We regularly handle DUI cases throughout Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair counties and the surrounding areas.