Phenix City DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, it can be a scary time. These are serious charges that could have long-lasting legal consequences that can haunt you for years.
It’s important to speak with a Phenix City DUI defense attorney right away, as the proper legal counsel can make all the difference in the outcome of your criminal case. Contact the Bence Law Firm LLC now to find out more about your legal rights and to learn more about our legal services.
How Our Phenix City DUI Lawyers Can Help You
At the Bence Law Firm LLC, we have years of experience handling criminal defense matters, including DUI and DWI. You need a skilled and experienced attorney on your side. Your attorney can prepare the best defense possible and work to get your charges reduced, or even dropped in some cases. This is important because even a misdemeanor on your record is serious and can cause a number of issues down the line.
What Is a DUI in Alabama?
DUI stands for “driving under the influence” and is a serious violation. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher, you can be charged with a DUI. If you are operating a commercial vehicle at the time, the BAC limit is reduced to 0.04 percent. If you are under the legal drinking age, it’s a zero-tolerance law. Even 0.02 percent can result in criminal charges.
An officer can charge you with a DUI if you’re operating a vehicle and the officer believes there is probable cause that your BAC is above the legal limit, you are high on drugs, or both.
Penalties for DUI in Alabama
Alabama enacted changes to the state’s DUI laws that took effect in 2018. The first modification makes changes to the “look back period” which is used to decide whether a DUI is the first, second, or third offense, etc. This is important because how many DUIs are on your record will play a part in how stiff the penalties are.
The courts will now look back 10 years from the date of the new arrest to see if you had a prior DUI. This is a big change from the previous law that allowed for only five years.
In addition, if you had a prior felony at any point in your past, this charge will automatically become a felony. This means that even if your felony was 25 years ago, it will hurt you in your pending DUI case.
The other major change to Alabama’s DUI laws involves ignition interlock devices (IID), and who is mandated to have one installed on their vehicle. With the recent changes, now even people who are in pretrial diversion programs have to install them. Previously, people in diversion programs were not required to pay for the device. Now, both convicted DUI offenders and diversion program participants have to install an interlock system and pay all of the related fees, which can be hefty.