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Alabama Law Makers Propose Changes to AL DUI Law

Alabama state lawmaker Senator Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, has prefiled a bill regarding driving under the influence in Alabama. The proposed legislation would authorize harsher penalties for DUI.

Some of the main changes this proposed bill seeks to make are:

1. Establishing an aggravated driving under the influence charge. Aggravated DUI would apply to those people who are accused of driving while intoxicated and have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.15. Currently the legal limit on BAC in Alabama is 0.08 %. Under this bill, a driver who is charged with aggravated DUI would be subject to double the penalties already imposed for DUI.

2. The proposed legislation would also extend the look back period for looking at the accused person driving history. Currently the look back period is five years for considering prior DUI charges when calculating whether the current charge is a first, second, third, etc. offense for purposes of sentencing enhancements. Under the proposed bill the drivers lifetime history would be used to determine whether or not the individual has a prior offense of driving under the influence and is thus subject to increased penalties.

3. Another change of the proposed legislation would be to change the current penalties of the state’s drunken driving laws to fix a loophole that allows for a longer minimum sentence for a third DUI offense than a fourth DUI offense.

This bill is expected to be brought before the legislature during the upcoming legislative session.

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