Aggravated DUI In Alabama
Although driving under the influence (DUI) is a relatively common offense in the United States, it remains a serious criminal charge in all 50 states—and with its tough sentencing guidelines, Alabama is no exception. In fact, state law defines a number of scenarios where a drunk driving charge can be escalated to a more serious offense known as “Aggravated DUI.”
When Is A DUI Considered Aggravated DUI?
Generally speaking, there are five basic factors that will determine whether a DUI is upgraded to an aggravated offense—they include your prior record of driving under the influence and blood alcohol content (BAC), as well as the circumstances of your arrest, age of passengers in your vehicle, and whether you were involved in an auto accident.
If you are a repeat offender (meaning you have been convicted of one or more DUIs within the past five years), may be charged with aggravated DUI if you are charged with a subsequent offense. Your offense may also be classified as aggravated DUI if your blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of your arrest (0.16% or higher), or you had an underage passenger in your vehicle. Finally, if you were involved in a serious auto accident, were driving on a suspended license, or were caught driving 20 miles or more above the speed limit, your DUI will once again be elevated to an aggravated DUI charge.
Penalties For Aggravated DUI
If you are convicted of aggravated DUI, your sentence will most likely include a minimum $4,000 fine, up to two years of jail time, and a one-year license suspension. In some cases, your offense may even be classified as a felony—which means you may face even harsher consequences.
You should also be aware of the impact a DUI conviction can have on your personal life. Once you’ve served your sentence, your offense will remain on your criminal record—which will undoubtedly jeopardize countless employment, housing, and educational opportunities in the future. You can also expect to pay far more for auto insurance if you have a DUI conviction on your record.
With so many consequences at stake, it’s easy to understand why many drivers decide to obtain legal representation after being arrested for aggravated DUI—and with the right legal strategy, many are able to get their charges reduced or dismissed in court. In fact, we have helped clients throughout Alabama secure a favorable resolution for their cases thanks to their training and experience.
DUI Felony In Alabama
If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Alabama, did you know that the offense could be classified as a felony? Indeed, state law specifies the number of instances where a DUI—typically a misdemeanor crime—can be treated as a felony charge. Here’s what you need to know about felony DUI in Alabama.
Although most DUIs are considered misdemeanor offenses, in cases that involve “extenuating circumstances,” the charge may be elevated to a felony. For example, if you have been convicted of four or more DUIs within a five-year period, a subsequent offense will be treated as a felony. Likewise, if you were arrested after being involved in a serious auto accident that caused significant property damage and/or led to the death or injury of another person, you will most likely be charged with felony DUI for your actions.
In addition to the above scenarios, a DUI may also be classified as a felony offense if you were traveling with an underage passenger, were driving in a school zone, or were going 30 miles or more above the posted speed limit. You can also expect your offense to be treated as a felony if your driver’s license was suspended at the time of your arrest or you were caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.16% or more.
Penalties For Felony DUI
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you will face some very stringent sentencing guidelines if you are charged with felony DUI. In addition to losing your driver’s license for five years or more, you can expect to spend anywhere from one to ten years behind bars (depending on the situation) and pay as much as $10,000 in fines. A felony conviction will also result in the loss of a number of civil liberties, including your right to vote, purchase firearms, and travel outside of the country.
Last, but not least, if you are convicted of felony DUI, your conviction will haunt you long after you have completed the terms of your sentence. From paying two to three times more for auto insurance to finding yourself ineligible for certain housing, educational, and employment opportunities, a felony conviction can wreak havoc on your personal life.
Of course, the good news is that being charged with felony DUI is a far cry from being convicted of the offense. In fact, DUI attorneys have helped many clients get their DUI reduced to a misdemeanor offense or—in some cases—even dismissed entirely.
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