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AL DUI Impacts License & Insurance

A plea of guilty or conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in Alabama, can cause your driver’s license to be suspended and your car insurance carrier may raise your premiums or drop your coverage. Two things people do not really think about after receiving a DUI are the consequences on their license and/or their insurance.

Typically, when someone is arrested for driving under the influence in AL they receive a document referred to as an AST-60, which says “Pursuant to the provisions of 32-5A-303, Code of Alabama, you are hereby given notice of the intended suspension of your driving privilege. The suspension is effective forty-five (45) days from the arrest date reflected above. The period of suspension is not less than ninety (90) days, depending on your driving record.” You have ten (10) days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing with the Alabama Department of Public Safety regarding your license suspension. If you do not take any action and do not request a administrative hearing your license will be suspended; however, if you do have an administrative hearing, your attorney may be able to prevent the suspension of your driving privileges. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated you should contact an AL DUI attorney immediately to protect your driving privileges.

A drunk or drugged driving conviction can substantially impact your car insurance as well. If your insurance provider finds out about your drunk driving conviction or license suspension you will likely receive a higher rate or have your insurance canceled. You may be classified as a high risk driver and be forced to file proof of your insurance with the State.

Often times receiving a drinking and driving conviction in Alabama begins a vicious cycle. After a DUI or DWI conviction the person is pulled over while their license is suspended and receives a driving while suspended ticket and they go to court and plead guilty on that ticket, which suspends their license again. And they keep picking up driving while suspended tickets until their license is revoked or canceled. Or because their insurance becomes so high they cannot afford it or they are dropped by their insurance carrier the individual no longer has automobile insurance and gets involved in a car accident. They are typically ticketed for not having insurance and they may have to pay for damages, to the other vehicle or property, out of their own pocket.

Most people realize that a DUI conviction can result in substantial fines and/or jail time; however, many do not think about the significance that drinking and driving conviction can have on the license or their insurance. If you are charged with a drunken driving offense, it is important that you consult with an attorney to insure that you know just how much this charge can impact you. Our attorneys offer FREE CONSULTATIONS on all alcohol and drug cases. Contact us today to discuss your case. (251) 945-5300

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