As the holidays approach, law enforcement throughout Alabama will be ramping up efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.
They may set up road blocks or pull you over for any infraction that might seem to suggest that you’re driving drunk.
Consequences can be harsh
Being arrested for DUI can have a serious impact on your life and future. If police find evidence that you are driving drunk, you will be arrested and taken to the nearest police station. At that time, you will be given a ticket or summons notifying you of the date you must appear in court.
If you deny or fight the charges, the court may present dashboard camera footage of the evidence found during a field sobriety test.
If found guilty, even for a first DUI offense, you may face serious penalties and lose your driving privileges for a certain period of time. For a first DUI conviction in Alabama, you may be sentenced up to one year in municipal or county jail, face a fine of up to $2,000, and face license suspension for 90 days.
You may also be faced with probation, which would be determined by the judge handling your case. Failing to comply with the terms of your probation can result in jail time.
After you have served jail time or probation, you will be required to take the following steps to regain your driving privileges:
- Attend drunk driving school: You will be required to complete a certain number of hours in an alcohol and drug education program.
- Alcohol evaluation: You will be required to undergo an alcohol evaluation by an experienced counselor who will examine your patterns of alcohol use.
- Pay increased auto insurance rate: In order to be able to drive after a DUI conviction, you will be required to purchase SR-22 insurance. You may see your premiums increase significantly.
Once you regain your driving privileges, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This means that your car won’t start if alcohol is detected on your breath.
Don’t wait to hire an attorney
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Alabama, your life could be turned upside down. If you don’t know your rights, you could be faced with serious consequences that could have a long-lasting affect.
That’s why you need an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side who understands the legal system. We will work tirelessly to fight your DUI charges and ensure that you’re treated fairly in the justice system.
Contact us today to learn more.