Punishment for DUIs Now More Severe than Ever

Need a legal question answered RIGHT NOW? Text Chris Reid @ (205) 913-7406

Alabama’s Double Minimum Punishment Law greatly affects those found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI). This legislation, passed in 2011, severely penalizes those measuring a blood alcohol content of .15% while driving on Alabama roads.

Individuals found with this level of blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher, if convicted, are subject to sentences of doubled fines and doubled jail time. Additionally, these drivers face a year long license suspension. These penalties also apply to those convicted in Alabama of a DUI while driving with children under the age of 14 in the vehicle, regardless of the BAC measured during the time of arrest.

In order to reinstate their Alabama driver's license following a DUI conviction, citizens must additionally complete a substance abuse course. And even once their licenses are reinstated, many are then required to purchase blood alcohol ignition interlock devices for their vehicles.

As you can see, those found driving under the influence in Alabama face extremely serious ramifications. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney is critical to having a chance at lessening the severity of the punishment when arrested for a DUI. The Reid Law Firm has an exemplary record in DUI cases in Alabama courts and will do everything in our power to effectively handle your case.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, please contact the Reid Law Firm today at 205-913-7406! You can also text us at (205) 913-7406 for a quick answer to any legal question. Chris Reid can be reached by email at chris.reid@reidlawalabama.com. All communication to the Reid Law Firm is protected by attorney client privilege, so any information submitted will be held in confidence. Initial consultations are always free. For a complete list of our practice areas please visit www.reidlawalabama.com. 

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of the legal services performed by other lawyers.

Our firm practices the following areas of law: wills, trust, and estates, divorce and family, DUI and drug offenses (only first and second time offenses), and car accident cases. We also handle business law, including formation of business entities and drafting contracts. Additionally, I co-host Yellowhammer News every Monday during lunch from 11-12 on 101.1 fm Birmingham (but our show is broadcast throughout most of the state).