New DUI Laws In Alabama
“DUI” stands for driving under the influence. You can be charged with DUI after being pulled over for probable cause in Alabama. Probable cause may mean that officers suspect that you are drunk, high or under the influence of prescription drugs. Alabama DUI laws changed in 2018 to require more stringent penalties for those convicted.
New 2018 DUI Law Can Mean Serious Penalties
If you are charged with DUI, the Alabama court will now “look back” at your last 10 years of driving records. If your record includes any prior felony, then the DUI charge will change from a misdemeanor to a felony. You will also be required to have an interlock device installed at your own expense during the pretrial phase of your case.
Even if this is your first DUI charge, the penalties can be serious. These can include:
- License suspension
- Fines and interlock device installation and related ongoing costs
- Mandatory attendance at a court-approved alcohol program
- Mandatory overnight incarceration
Being convicted of a DUI in Alabama can have long-term consequences. You can lose your right to carry a firearm if charged with a felony. You could lose your professional license, including nursing and teaching, and the ability to do your job if it involves driving. An Alabama DUI conviction can also negatively affect your child custody arrangement.
Work With An Attorney Who Will Protect You
If you have been arrested for DUI, call attorney John V. Martine at firm, John V. Martine, Attorney at Law, right away at 205-606-6788 or send an email. Se habla español.