Driving under the influence (DUI) in Alabama is a serious violation and can result in the loss of driving privileges, heavy fines, and prison time. In fact, a fourth DUI conviction within five years can result in a sentence of between one and 10 years in an Alabama prison and/or a fine of between $4,000 and $10,000. Knowing the law, and your rights, is the first step in getting the best possible outcome after an arrest. Below is a summary of Alabama DUI law, including information about sentences and education programs.
Alabama DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.02 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||n/a|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Alabama DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||90 days, 1 year, 3 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Both|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||No|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||No|
Note: State laws are always changing through legislative, judicial, or other means. While FindLaw works hard to ensure the accuracy of its legal resources, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the law or check with an attorney to make sure you have the most recent information.
Alabama Court Referral Programs
There are 29 individual Alabama Court Referral Programs throughout the state, each staffed with Court Referral Officers (CROs) and Juvenile Instructors. The program material ranges from presentations about substance abuse and its effects on driving to in-patient or out-patient substance abuse treatment and lessons in coping with addiction:
Alabama DUI Resources
Discuss Questions About Alabama DUI Laws with an Attorney
A criminal charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or other impairing drugs can result in serious penalties, least of which is the suspension of your driver's license. And while even a first offense can get you up to one year in jail, the penalties for subsequent offenses are much more severe. Considering the consequences of a DUI conviction, it's a good idea to reach out to a local DUI attorney if you've been charged with a DUI in Alabama.