While a first-time DUI charge is undoubtedly serious, when people may be facing DUIs in Alabama for the second, third or even fourth time, the potential penalties can be far harsher, and the resulting impacts to their lives can last for years to come.
In this blog series, we will take a closer look at the possible penalties that can be handed down for multiple DUIs in Alabama. If you or someone you love has recently been arrested for drunk driving and has at least one prior DUI conviction, it’s crucial that you:
- Have the strongest possible defense so that you have the best chances of resolving your DUI case as favorably as possible
- Trust your defense to the esteemed Montgomery and Birmingham DUI defense lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC.
Multiple DUIs in Alabama: Penalties for a Second DUI Conviction
The penalties for multiple DUIs in Alabama can be harsh. Here’s an overview of the possible penalties for second, third and fourth DUI convictions in Alabama.
After a second DUI conviction in the state of Alabama, people can be sentenced to some combination of the following DUI penalties:
- Jail time – A minimum of 5 days in jail will be required for people convicted of DUI for a second time.
- Court fines – The court will typically order people convicted of a second DUI in Alabama to pay fines between $1,100 and $5,100.
- Drivers’ license suspensions – People convicted of a second DUI will usually lose their driving privileges for at least one year (though this can be extended, depending on the specifics of the case).
- Community service – At least 30 days of community service will be ordered. In some cases, additional community service may be added to a person’s sentence to replace any possible jail time for the convicted individual.
- Other likely penalties – In addition to the above-described penalties for a second DUI conviction in Alabama, people may also be ordered by the courts to attend alcohol education classes and/or serve probation for some period of time.During probation, people will likely be required to refrain from drinking alcohol, and they may even be required to regularly meet with a probation officer to ensure their compliance with the various terms of probation for their DUI case.
It’s important to point out that factors like a DUI accident in a second case – as well as injuries or even death to others as a result of the DUI – can substantially increase the severity of the penalties for a second DUI case.
We will resume our discussion regarding the penalties that can be handed down for multiple DUIs in Alabama in some additional parts of this blog series that will be posted soon. Be sure to check them out!
Montgomery and Birmingham DUI Defense Attorneys at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
Have you been arrested for or charged with DUI and have at least one prior DUI conviction? If so, you can count on the Montgomery and Birmingham DUI defense lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC.
For more than 16 years, we have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice in every case we oversee, and our experience, dedication and extensive knowledge of the law makes us effective at helping our clients obtain the best possible outcomes to their DUI cases, even when these cases involve multiple DUIs in Alabama.
To set up an initial consultation today, call us at 334-834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.