The circumstances that lead to each charge for driving under the influence in Alabama are as unique as the individual charged. This fact is why I choose to focus a large part of the practice at my law firm, Kathryn Kyatt King, Attorney at Law, on DUI defense.
I know the myths that often surround DUI charges, and I work hard to dispel those myths and help my clients to understand that a DUI defense is worth the effort from the moment of an arrest until the conclusion of a case.
What You Can Expect From An Alabama DUI Conviction
Because every DUI charge is based on the individual situation, the possible consequences of a conviction vary on a case-by-case basis. However, some constants do exist, such as:
- Administrative license suspension: In Alabama, you must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of the date of your drunk driving arrest in order to have a chance to avoid an automatic license suspension.
- Mandatory license suspension or revocation: If you are convicted of DUI in Alabama, you will face a mandatory license suspension or revocation. The length of time you will have to endure a revoked or suspended license depends upon the number of previous DUI convictions you have.
- Fine: A monetary fine will be imposed if you are convicted of DUI. Ranging from $500 to $10,000 based on the number of previous convictions, fines can result in financial hardships for convicted individuals.
- Jail time: For first-time DUI convictions, jail time may be avoided; however, for repeat offenders, sentences can range from 48 hours to 10 years in county jail or prison. Additionally, community service can be ordered for second-time convictions.
- DUI school: First-time offenders will be required to attend a state-approved DUI school.
- Ignition interlock: Since 2012, many drivers convicted of DUI are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. These devices, designed to prevent those with DUI convictions from driving under the influence, present not only inconveniences but also financial consequences, as the drivers ordered to install them are responsible for any costs associated with installation, maintenance and monitoring.
If none of the possible consequences of a DUI conviction appeal to you, you could benefit from contacting a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. By retaining a lawyer early in the process, you have the most time to build an effective defense strategy.
Do You Need A DUI Attorney Today?
If you need an attorney to begin working on your DUI defense, you can call 205-858-4446 or email me today to schedule your free initial consultation at my law office in Pelham. If you are still in jail or cannot come to my office, we can arrange a meeting elsewhere. Additionally, I offer both evening and weekend appointments to accommodate your schedule.