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Alabama Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
- Watson, Watson :
Have you or a family member been arrested or accused of a criminal offense? Have you been charged with a DUI, drug possession, or any other criminal charge in a City, State or Federal Court? Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, do not face the system alone. Being convicted of a criminal offense is a very serious matter and will severely affect your life and your future. Imprisonment, fines, as well as serious damage to your reputation, are natural consequences of a criminal conviction. Other consequences you may also face: marriage failure, dissolution of friendships, lost employment, and loss of employment opportunities. You need a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights, preserve your freedom, and protect your future.
- Alexander City
- Bay Minette
- Pearce Law Firm: Criminal Defense
- Koons Law Firm: Misdemeanor, Felonly & Municipal Criminal Law
- Doerr Law Firm: Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws make it unlawful to operate a vehicle while 1) impaired by the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication, or 2) intoxicated at a level beyond set DUI/DWI standards, such as blood-alcohol count (BAC). Many states carry "implied consent" laws requiring that licensed drivers submit to a chemical test if suspected of DUI or DWI. Costs and criminal penalties associated with DUI/DWI vary according to the circumstances of the offense, but license suspension, fines, and jail time are typical consequences.
- Burdick, Austin:
Criminal cases can move fast and defendants start off at a disadvantage. Before a warrant is even issued the state has begun to gather evidence and prepare its case. A good defense attorney is necessary to overcome this inherent disadvantage. Experience preparing and navigating a case from arrest through appeal is crucial. You need an advocate who can tell you from experience and research how to properly attack the state's case and obtain a positive outcome.
- Birmingham Birmingham Birmingham Birmingham Birmingham Birmingham
- Thompson, Garrett & Hines:
Insurance Defense Litigation
Oil and Gas Law
Wills, Trusts, & Estates
- Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper:
Social Security Disability
- Copeland, Jordan: If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may need to speak with an attorney before you speak to law enforcement to protect your best interests.
- Mitchell & Graham: No representation has been made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services to be performed by other lawyers.
- Bear, Mavanee:
Breach of Contract
Post nuptial Agreements
Wills and Probate Matters
- Freeman, Warren:
Alabama DUI Attorney : If you've been arrested for Alabama DUI, the law
allows only 10 days for your lawyer to make a request with the Alabama
Department of Public Safety for a hearing to save your Alabama Driver's
License. Contact an Alabama DUI defense lawyer immediately for your free
The consequences of an
Alabama DUI conviction can be devastating and these charges should be
taken very seriously.
It is never a good idea to try and represent yourself in court on DUI
charges. An experienced Alabama DUI defense attorney can provide you
with the knowledge and full understanding of the law that is essential
to your case. Some of the ways in which a good DUI attorney can assist
you and handle your case are listed below.
charges may be dismissed obtain a not guilty verdict dismiss the DUI
(driving under the influence) and reach a plea for a lesser offense keep
you out of jail allow you to keep your driver's license reduce the
amount of the fines and costs
- Moore, William: - Family Law Divorce Child Custody Child Support Visitation of Children - Probate Wills Estate Planning Adoptions Commitments Trusts Conservatorships - Real Estate - Personal Injury Slip and Fall Car Accidents On-the-job injuries - Workers Compensation - Social Security Disability - Bankruptcy - Debt Collection - Civil Defense - Criminal Defense
- Fort Payne
- Green, Matthew :
- Ray, Robert :
Breath and blood tests
Driver’s license consequences
Felony traffic offenses
- Campbell, Dan:
- French, Robert:
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, you will most likely be in for the fight of your life. You'll be facing an experienced team of lawyers backed by the government who only have one aim in mind and that is to convict you -- and they have already begun building their case against you!
The first step in a strong defense is to act fast to get someone on your side. Don't wait to take action -- it could cost you your job, your family, your savings and even your life!
- Vaughn, Jared :
a wide range of criminal defense cases, including DUI and drunk driving.
- Burns Garner Law Firm:
When the police arrest an individual, it does not necessarily mean the individual is guilty or will be later determined to be guilty. A police officer must have probable cause to arrest. The accused, however, has a right to a trial of his or her case. The jury (or judge if a non-jury trial) ultimately determines guilt or innocence based upon the evidence presented before them. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecution does not produce sufficient evidence to convince the judge or jury of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused must be found not guilty.
- Inzer, Haney, McWhorter & Haney:
Facing the challenges of personal injury, real estate transactions, divorce, bankruptcy, DUI or other litigation?
- Pierce, Kyle D. :
When you’ve been accused of a crime, either a Misdemeanor or Felony, your reputation, your family, your job, and your freedom are at stake.
- Simmons, Mary*:
from traffic offenses to serious felonies, including assault and battery, sexual offenses, theft, drug crimes, motor vehicle crimes, DWI/DUI, white collar crime, and more
- King, Thomas:
A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:
1. There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;
2. Under the influence of alcohol
3. Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving
4. Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving or
5. Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.
6. A person who is under the age of 21 years shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle if there is .02 percentage or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. The Department of Public Safety shall suspend or revoke the driver's license of any person, including, but not limited to, a juvenile, child, or youthful offender, convicted or adjudicated of, or subjected to a finding of delinquency based on this subsection. Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon the first violation of this subsection by a person whose blood alcohol level is between .02 and .08, the person's driver's license or driving privilege shall be suspended for a period of 30 days in lieu of any penalties.
FIRST D.U.I. CONVICTION
Upon first conviction, a person violating this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for not more than one year, or by fine of not less than six hundred dollars ($600) nor more than two thousand one hundred dollars ($2,100), or by both a fine and imprisonment. In addition, on a first conviction, the Director of Public Safety shall suspend the driving privilege or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of 90 days.
SECOND D.U.I. CONVICTION
On a second conviction within a five-year period, a person convicted of violating this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand one hundred dollars ($1,100) nor more than five thousand one hundred dollars ($5,100) and by imprisonment, which may include hard labor in the county or municipal jail for not more than one year. The sentence shall include a mandatory sentence, which is not subject to suspension or probation, of imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for not less than five days or community service for not less than 30 days. In addition the Director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privileges or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of one year.
THIRD D.U.I. CONVICTION
On a third conviction, a person convicted of violating this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than two thousand one hundred dollars ($2,100) nor more than ten thousand one hundred dollars ($10,100) and by imprisonment, which may include hard labor, in the county or municipal jail for not less than 60 days nor more than one year, to include a minimum of 60 days which shall be served in the county or municipal jail and cannot be probated or suspended. In addition, the Director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privilege or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of three years.
FOURTH D.U.I. CONVICTION
On a fourth or subsequent conviction, a person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a Class C felony and punished by a fine of not less than four thousand one hundred dollars ($4,100) nor more than ten thousand one hundred dollars ($10,100) and by imprisonment of not less than one year and one day nor more than 10 years. Any term of imprisonment may include hard labor for the county or state, and where imprisonment does not exceed three years confinement may be in the county jail. Where imprisonment does not exceed one year and one day, confinement shall be in the county jail. The minimum sentence shall include a term of imprisonment for at least one year and one day, provided, however, that there shall be a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 days which shall be served in the county jail. The remainder of the sentence may be suspended or probated, but only if as a condition of probation the defendant enrolls and successfully completes a state certified chemical dependency program recommended by the court referral officer and approved by the sentencing court. Where probation is granted, the sentencing court may, in its discretion, and where monitoring equipment is available, place the defendant on house arrest under electronic surveillance during the probationary term. In addition to the other penalties authorized, the Director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privilege or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of five years.
In addition to the penalties provided herein, any person convicted of D.U.I. shall be referred to the court referral officer(C.R.O.) for evaluation and referral to appropriate community resources. The defendant shall, at a minimum, be required to complete a DUI or substance abuse court referral program approved by the Administrative Office of Courts and operated in accordance with provisions of the Mandatory Treatment Act of 1990, Sections 12-23-1 to 12-23-19, inclusive. The Department of Public Safety shall not reissue a driver's license to a person convicted under the D.U.I. law without receiving proof that the defendant has successfully completed the required program.
- Stover, Stewart, & Phillips*:
Advance traffic violations have serious consequences, particularly if you are arrested for driving under the influence. This firm will work to reduce or avoid possible consequences of such arrest, including: lessening imposed fines, drivers licenses suspensions, revocations, and jail time.
A DUI conviction will most likely cause your insurance rates to increase to a point where they may become unaffordable.
- Malone Law Firm:
If you've been arrested or charged with a crime, you have rights under the Constitution of the United States and the State of Alabama.
You have the right to a speedy and public trial.
You have the right to cross-examine any witness the government puts against you.
You have the right to call any witnesses in your favor into court.
You have the right to testify or stay silent. If you stay silent, the Judge must instruct the jury that your silence cannot be held against you.
You have the right to a qualified attorney like Shaun Malone to represent you before, during, and after trial.
Demand your rights! Your freedom is priceless. You need an experienced trial attorney...
- Morgan, John:
Automobile Accidents (Car and Truck)
Bodily and Personal Injury
Creation and Dissolution of Corporations
Credit Counseling and Debt Release
Criminal Defense (Any Court)
Divorce (Contested or Uncontested)
Drivers License Appeals
Estate Planning (Last Wills and
Landline Disputes and Land Sale
Most matters in Probate Court
Petitioning for Letters of Guardianship or Conservatorship
Preparation or Review of Contracts, Deeds, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, etc.
Probating of Estates (With or Without a Last Will and Testament)
- Roberts, Paul: CRIMINAL DEFENSE If you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony, by law you deserve a good defense. This is the driving force behind our pledge to give you the most aggressive defense possible because we also know that there are thousands of innocent people spending time in prison for something they didn't do.
- Wagnon Law Firm: Criminal Law Attorneys & Lawyers, DWI, DUI, OWI, OUI
- Scott, David: COMPREHENSIVE DUI DEFENSE
- Shelnutt Law Firm: A criminal charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is no easy thing to beat, but the consequences of conviction are dire. You could face a number of penalties that may alter your lifestyle, restrict your freedom, and cause financial difficulties. Alabama laws concerning DUI are extremely stringent: * Drivers may not have a blood alcohol level of .08% or more. * Commercial drivers may not exceed 0.04%. * Drivers under age 21 who operate a school bus or day care van have a limit of 0.02%. * First offenses carry maximum fines of $2,100 and/or 1 year in jail, loss of license for 90 days, and completion of a mandatory substance abuse program. * Second offenses (if occurring within 5 years of the first) carry maximum fines of $5,100 and/or one year in jail, mandatory 48 hours in jail or 20 days community service, loss of license for one year, and completion of a substance abuse program. * Third offenses carry maximum fines of $10,100, a jail sentence of up to 1 year, loss of license for three years, and completion of a substance abuse program. * Fourth (or subsequent) offenses carry maximum fines of $10,100, a jail sentence of up to 10 years, license suspension for 5 years, and mandatory substance abuse program. * A refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test carries an automatic 90-day license suspension. * The law allows for a DUI arrest to be made even if the driver is sitting behind the wheel of a parked car, or even sleeping in the driver's seat. If you are arrested for DUI in Alabama, you must answer to separate charges by the state of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Concerning your driving privilege, you have only 10 days to request a Department of Public Safety hearing. An experienced Birmingham DUI attorney can fill you in on all the information you should know when facing DUI charges, file a request for a license revocation hearing, and start putting together a strategic defense.
- Clark Hall:
Home / Criminal
criminal If you’ve been arrested or charged with a felony, you need to contact a Gadsden, AL, criminal lawyer immediately.
- Hays Law Office: DUI/DWI:
Whether you are facing a repeat DUI/DWI charge, a drug-related charge, or you were arrested for some other alleged crime, he can defend you.
- Gulf Shores:
- Johnston & Daniel :
expertise in the state and municipal courts representing defendants who are charged with criminal offenses of all descriptions, including felonies, DUIs, misdemeanors and traffic offenses.
- Tolley Law Office :
DUI Cases and Alabama Law
DUI cases often present more issues than even homicide cases. Legislatures, influenced by lobbyists, have passed new DUI laws and restrictions every year for decades compounding the need for litigation.
Alabama itself, just passed a new ignition interlock law for those registering above a .15 BAC on even the first offense. This will create a whole new industry in Alabama.
- Hornsby, Bobby: Whether you live in the Birmingham, Alabama area or are simply vacationing in Alabama, criminal violations such as DUI are serious offenses and often carry strict penalties. Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney is important and sends a strong signal to the prosecution that you are ready to defend your rights.
- Craven, Daniel: The state of Alabama places strict, steep consequences on drunk driving charges. If you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug (DUI), also called DWI, you could face: * A suspended driver's license - the minimum suspension is 90 days * Harsh fines - the minimum fine is more than $500 * Lost wages - without your car, you could lose your job * Long jail time -the minimum sentence can be up to a year The sobriety test of choice for most police agencies throughout the United States is the Intoxilyzer 5000. Most people probably agree with the law enforcement's enthusiasm towards this device. More than likely it's because they have the misconception that this device measures your blood alcohol level. In fact, it merely measures breath alcohol levels.
- Cartee & Morris :
has provided successful outcomes for persons charged with DUI and BUI (boating under the influence), drug possession and numerous other non-violent crimes.
Regardless of the large size of some of the matters that it has handled in the past and that it is handling now, the firm wants to be a full service law firm and handle any size legal matter that is brought to it, no matter how small.
- Holloway Law Office :
Our Criminal Law Services Include:
- Hopper, Mark :
Criminal Law in Guntersville, AL
By talking with a criminal law attorney, you might be able to shine some light on issues that may be relevant to the case leveled against you.
- Hawkins Law Firm :
The firm has handled cases in municipal, district and circuit courts, including domestic violence, felony strangulation, harassment, stalking, sexual abuse, interference with child custody, injunction and no-contact order violations, travelling and other crimes that arise when family law and criminal law intersect.
- Dunsmore, Deborah:
- Posey, John:
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Criminal, Divorce, Custody, Adoption, Deeds, Wills, Estates and Trusts
- Streetman, Jeremy :
Theft and robbery
- Isom, J. O.:
Personal Injury (Plaintiff's and Defense), Commercial Collections, Family Law, Real Estate, Mediation, Probate and Wills, Fraud, Criminal, Wrongful Death, and Corporate
- Parrish & Theus:
Family Law / Divorce
- Merrell Law Firm :
- Campbell & Rowell* : Bankruptcy and Debtors' Court Divorce and Custody D.U.I. Defense Wills and Estate Planning Wrongful Death Auto Accidents
- Scott, David: COMPREHENSIVE DUI DEFENSE
- Allen Law :
What Should I Do After a DUI Arrest?
The first thing to remember after you have found yourself in legal trouble is that you have the right to remain silent and you should exercise that right. Regardless of what you have been told by law enforcement, you do not have to answer their questions and you absolutely do not have to plead guilty.
You can count on us to keep you informed of your rights and options throughout any legal proceedings. The exact punishment of a DUI conviction is typically based upon your prior record and the various circumstances of your arrest, such as your BAC.
- Forrester Law :
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to serious criminal consequences. Following an arrest, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for several months, and you have only a limited amount of time to challenge the suspension. You could also face jail time, probation, fines and other penalties.
Under Alabama’s recent aggravated DUI laws, certain types of offenses carry even harsher consequences. Aggravating circumstances include:
A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .15 or greater
A prior DUI offense on your record
A minor under age 14 in the vehicle
An accident involving injury to someone else
A conviction for aggravated DUI can lead to heightened penalties, including a lengthier license suspension and installation of an ignition interlock device.
- Wadsworth, Brett:
Social Security Disability
- Lisa Ivey: If you have been arrested or charged with drunk driving or another serious crime in Alabama, you need a serious criminal defense. Not only will this protect your rights, but it may also prevent an unnecessary driver license suspension or license revocation that will affect your driving ability and insurance rates far into the future.
- Brunson, Barnett & Sherrer :
6 Steps to take immediately if you get stopped for a DUI
DO NOT submit to roadsides or “field” breath test. These are absolutely voluntary tests that are unreliable and their only purpose is to provide the police officer with evidence that you are impaired
DO NOT admit that you had been drinking or try to explain that you’re ok to drive. The cop doesn’t care and will only use your statements against you.
DO be courteous and polite – getting upset, angry, or arguing with the officer only provides evidence of impairment.
DO NOT make any statements to the police officer, regardless of how nice they may seem or if they say they only want to understand what happened.
DO immediately request a hearing with the Division of Motor Vehicles as soon as you are released from custody. You only have 7 days to request a hearing or you will lose you right to contest the revocation of your driver’s license.
DO immediately contact an experienced, local DUI attorney to discuss your situation and obtain further advice on what you may or may not need to do. Only a criminal defense attorney with specific experience and knowledge of DUI cases can competently review your case and offer sound advice. Brunson, Barnett & Sherrer has been providing DUI defense and criminal lawyer services for over twenty years and offers free telephone consultations.
- Massey, Stotser & Nichols:
DUI and other serious traffic offenses
White collar crimes
- Shaw, Joseph: DUI or BUI: Driving Under the Influence or Boating Under the Influence have consequences that can last long after the court appearance.
- John Cowling: CRIMINAL LAW (Felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile and traffic charges in all South Alabama state and municipal courts)
- Jarvinen & Balch :
AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU AVOID COSTLY PENALTIES
In the case of a DUI conviction, a variety of penalties may be imposed. An experienced DUI attorney will work to get your charges dismissed or negotiate for the best result. In Alabama, penalties for DUI can include:
Ignition interlock devices
Driver’s license suspension
DUI school attendance
- Lacy, Anne Marie: DUI and drug crime defense Will and probate Land use law Mediation
- Burdick Law Firm:
Criminal cases can move fast and defendants start off at a disadvantage. Before a warrant is even issued the state has begun to gather evidence and prepare its case. A good defense attorney is necessary to overcome this inherent disadvantage. Experience preparing and navigating a case from arrest through appeal is crucial.
- Tolar, Gregory:
TRUCKING / AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
PERSONAL INJURY CASES
- Enfinger, Floyd:
Accident and Personal Injury
Estate & Probate
- Patrick, Harold:
Criminal Law-Felonies, Misdemeanors, DUI
Bankruptcy – We are a debt relief agency that helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code. We handle both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.
Social Security Disability; SSI
Divorce – Contested and Uncontested
Family Law – Custody and Modifications
- Hand Law Firm:
simple traffic matters to manslaughter and capital murder
- Capell & Howard:
- Neese Law Office*:
Child Support Modifications
Child Support Contempt Proceedings
Wills and Estate Planning
General Legal Services
- Gullage & Tickal: DUI (driving under the influence)Public Intoxication, Alcohol Related Charges, Marijuana and Drug Charges, Traffic Offenses, Theft, Burglary, Robbery and other Misdemeanors and Felonies
- Hand, Ben: Knowledgeable Alabama DUI/DWI Attorneys Protect Drivers’ Rights
Defending Opelika -area clients against criminal prosecution
Throughout Alabama , law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time.
- Lauderdale & Lauderdale: ...aggressively defends your rights in all areas of criminal law, including sex crimes, drug offenses, and DUI / DWI charges.
- Dean & Barrett: The firm handles all types of criminal cases, from misdemeanors, including DWI/DUI, to the most serious felony charges, including murder, manslaughter, assault, drug/narcotics possession and sales, theft and grand larceny, white collar fraud, embezzlement, and sex offenses.
- Swecker & Sparks: Such charges can have serious consequences. A conviction will result in fines and possibly land you in jail. In addition, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level. In defending against an under-the-influence or impaired-driving charge, you have many rights as a criminal defendant, including the right to cross-examine the witnesses against you, even if they are police officers. An experienced Alabama DUI attorney can make all the difference.
- Kennington, Ray:
Social Security law
- Brogden Law Firm:
Family/Domestic Law (i.e., DIVORCE/CHILD CUSTODY/JUIV. DEPENDENCY/3rd PARTY INTERVENTIONS/MODIFICATIONS)
Civil Litigation - Auto Accidents, Torts, Insurance Defense, (both Plaintiff and Defendant)
Real Estate - Probate (Boundary Disputes, Wills, Estates, Gaurdianships, Conservatorships, Adoptions, etc...)
Bankruptcy - (Chapter 7 and 13)
Criminal Law - (i.e., ALL DRUG CRIMES, TRAFFICKING, FELONES, MURDER, CAPITAL MURDER, SEXUAL ABUSE, THEFT, etc...)
- Pell City
- Phenix City
- Loftin, Loftin & May:
Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Divorce Law, Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Probate
- Tolar, Gregory:
TRUCKING / AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
PERSONAL INJURY CASES
- Clark, David*: DEFINITIONS: "Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level As of August 2005, all states have DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary. "Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level All states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent. "Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level Many states impose harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a particularly high BAC at the time of the offense, typically .15 to .20 percent. DUI offenders with a BAC at or above their state's enhanced penalty standards will likely face additional jail time, harsher fines, and more severe driver's license sanctions. "Implied Consent" Laws "Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, implied consent laws carry penalties such as mandatory suspension of a driver's license, usually for six months to a year. Alabama DUI Law Highlights: Selected Penalties (Table 2) State Administrative License Suspension/Revocation (1st/2nd/3rd Offense) Mandatory Alcohol Education and Treatment/Assessment Vehicle Confiscation Possible? Ignition Interlock Device Possible? Alabama 90d/ 1y/ 3ys Both No No Note: Persons arrested for DUI will be subject to additional criminal law penalties not addressed here -- including jail time, fines, and community service. Such criminal penalties are typically more discretionary than those identified in this chart, and are therefore more difficult to accurately predict. Generally speaking, first-time DUI offenders can expect to incur a fine, and face the possibility of jail time. Repeat DUI offenders will incur harsher fines, and will almost certainly be sentenced to a number of days in jail. Penalties will be harsher still if the DUI offender was involved in an accident in which someone else was injured or killed. DEFINITIONS: Administrative License Suspension/Revocation The Administrative License Suspension/Revocation penalties indicated here refer to minimum mandatory penalties imposed on drivers whose BAC is above the state limit for intoxication, or drivers who refuse to submit to BAC testing. Administrative suspension or revocation of a driver's license is usually carried out by a state agency (such as a Department of Motor Vehicles), distinct from any criminal court penalties. Most states impose harsher penalties for second or third DUI offenses, typically defined as those that occur within five years of a prior DUI offense. Note: the penalties identified here do not include variations for DUI offenders operating commercial vehicles, or drivers who have violated "zero tolerance" and "enhanced penalty" DUI laws (see Table 1). Most states recognize different sanctions for these types of DUI offenses. Mandatory Alcohol Education and Assessment/Treatment Alcohol education and treatment/assessment penalties for DUI offenders can include mandatory attendance at DUI prevention programs, and assessment of potential alcohol dependency problems. Such programs are often made "conditions" of a suspended sentence or probation, meaning that a DUI offender can avoid jail time and payment of hefty fines if he or she completes participation in the program. This chart indicates each state's utilization of alcohol education and treatment/assessment programs. Vehicle Confiscation Vehicle confiscation penalties allow a motor vehicle department or law enforcement agency to seize a DUI offender's vehicle, either permanently or for a set period of time. Such penalties typically apply only to repeat DUI offenders, and often the return of the vehicle requires payment of fines and significant administrative costs. This chart indicates each state's utilization of vehicle confiscation as a penalty for DUI. Ignition Interlock A vehicle ignition interlock breath-testing device measures a vehicle operator's BAC, and will prevent operation of the vehicle if more than a minimal amount of alcohol is detected (i.e. BAC level of .02). DUI offenders will usually be required to pay the costs of installation, rental, and maintenance of an ignition interlock device. This chart indicates each state's utilization of ignition interlock devices as a penalty for DUI.
- Kristel GibbonsS : Statutory DUI .08 or higher for non-CDL or bus drivers. Can be charged with DUI if under .08 if shown/proven alcohol/drugs so impaired driving. Can be felony if 4 or more DUIs are on record.
- Johnson-Theodoro, Mitzi: * Misdemeanors * Felonies * Forgery * Traffic Crimes * Driving Under the Influence (DUI) * Drug Crimes * Marijuana * Methamphetamine * Controlled Substances * Robbery * Rape * Sex Crimes * Murder
- Edmiston Law Office: Wrongful deaths * DUI charges * Probation revocations * City Court * Small Claims Court * Juvenile Court * Will/Deed preparation * Names changes * Adoptions
- Patricia Lackey: If you are accused of DUI (Driving Under the Influence), the consequences may include fines, driver license suspension or revocation and jail time. Your rights need to be protected! In this type of case experience can make the difference.
- Robinson, Jeffreys*:
Criminal and Civil matters
- Sellers Law Firm:
DUI charge (driving under the influence) can have harsh and severe consequences. A DUI does not have to be based on alcohol consumption, but it can be based on the consumption of drugs which impair the ability to drive. These drugs do not have to be illegal drugs, but can be prescription medication. The DUI can also be based on a combination of drugs and alcohol. A conviction will result in the loss of your driver’s license, costs, fines and possible jail time. Under Alabama law, your first DUI conviction can result in:
Imprisonment of up to one year
Suspension of your driver’s license for 90 days
Fines between $600 and $2,100
Must complete court referral program.
Convictions stay on your driving record for 5 years
- PITTS, WILLIAMS & JONES:
Criminal Law Overview
Criminal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. Civil cases, on the other hand, involve individuals and organizations seeking to resolve legal disputes. In a criminal case, the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the suit, while in a civil case the victim brings the suit. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. However, persons found liable in a civil case may only have to give up property or pay money, but are not incarcerated.
A “crime” is any act or omission (of an act) in violation of a public law forbidding or commanding it. Though there are some common law crimes, most crimes in the United States are established by local, state, and federal governments. Criminal laws vary significantly from state to state. There is, however, a Model Penal Code (MPC) which serves as a good starting place to gain an understanding of the basic structure of criminal liability.
- Wooten Law Firm:
Fraud, Forgery, Embezzlement
- Harbison & Hoyt: Divorce & Family Law Criminal Law DUI & DWI Law Business Law Construction Law Real Estate Law Collections Wills & Trusts Accident & Injury
- Carlton, Joe : criminal defense, family law, and personal injury
- Johnson-Theodoro, Mitzi: * Misdemeanors * Felonies * Forgery * Traffic Crimes * Driving Under the Influence (DUI) * Drug Crimes * Marijuana * Methamphetamine * Controlled Substances * Robbery * Rape * Sex Crimes * Murder
- Harper, Michael: Alternative Dispute Resolution Business & Commercial Law Business Organizations Child Support Civil Rights Construction Law Consumer Protection Contracts DUI/DWI Divorce30% Employment Law -- Employee Employment Law -- Employer Family Law Insurance Law Lemon Law Litigation & Appeals Medical Malpractice20% Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff Nursing Home Personal Injury -- Plaintiff40% Probate & Estate Administration Products Liability Law State, Local & Municipal Law Wills Workers' Compensation Law
- Tarrant City
- Carlisle & Carlisle: Never go to court without an attorney on a driving under the influence charge.
- Underwood, William:
Many accused Alabama drunk drivers find themselves in a situation that they do not fully understand and a DUI attorney is very important.
- Risner, Rick*: Personal injury Property damage Wrongful death Uncontested divorce Probate, wills and estates Deeds and power of attorney Corporations and LLCs Insurance matters DUIs City court cases Defense of collection cases
- Melton & Duncan:
- Goodwine Law Firm:
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