DUI Laws in Alabama

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In Alabama, you can get a DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. And the law in Alabama says that if you are driving a vehicle, you have given consent to submit to a chemical test for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol in your blood. Here are some details on the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test in Alabama and other details about Alabama DUI law.

In Alabama, what are the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test (usually a breathalyzer or blood test) when suspected of DUI?

Here are the consequences for not taking a breathalyzer or blood test in Alabama, broken out by whether this is your first, second, or third offense:

1st offense

2nd offense

3rd offense

90 day suspension of license

1 year suspension of license

1 year suspension of license

 

When must officers measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) in Alabama?

In Alabama, law enforcement officers are supposed to measure your BAC at the time of driving. However, prosecutors may be able to prove your culpability for DUI even if your BAC is taken later than this time.

What is the maximum BAC for drivers under 21 in Alabama?

In Alabama, the maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers who are under 21 (considered minors under some drinking and driving laws) is .02%. For persons under 21 with a BAC between .02% and .08%, the penalty is a 30 day license suspension.

What are the minimum jail times for a DUI in Alabama?

Here are the minimum jail times for a DUI in Alabama, broken out by whether this is your first, second, or third offense:

1st offense

2nd offense

3rd offense

No minimum required jail term

5 days jail or 30 days community service

60 days jail

 

How long will prior DUI convictions remain relevant for sentencing purposes in Alabama?

In Alabama, prior DUI convictions stay on your record (and can be counted against you when you are being sentenced for another DUI/DWI offense) for 5 years.

Can a DUI be “pleaded down” to a "wet reckless" in Alabama?

No, a plea bargain for a conviction of "wet reckless" (reckless driving involving alcohol) is barred by statute in your state.

If you are interested in contacting a lawyer, you can find a DUI lawyer in your area in Nolo's Lawyer Directory.

Are ignition interlock devices (IIDs) required for convicted DUI offenders in Alabama?

No.

Where can I get more information about DUI laws in Alabama?

Nolo's DUI/DWI topic has many helpful articles, including a Drunk Driving, DUI, and DWI FAQ. For more help after a DUI arrest, see Nolo's Lawyer Directory, where you can view in-depth profiles of Alabama DUI attorneys in your area.

Last updated on 09/01/2010.

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