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Changes Coming to Alabama’s Dui Law

Governor Robert Bentley recently signed two pieces of legislation that will dramatically change the sentencing related to convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) in Alabama. The first act will provide for a mandatory sentence of at least double the minimum punishment for a person convicted of DUI who has 0.15 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood while operating or being in control of a motor vehicle, as well as a one-year minimum sentence for a misdemeanor offense and a minimum one-year revocation of the person’s driving privileges. In addition the act will provide that if a person over 21 has a child under 14 in the vehicle during the offense, the person must be sentenced to at least double the otherwise applicable minimum punishment.

The other act will increase the penalties for violations of Alabama’s DUI law by requiring certain persons authorized to drive a motor vehicle after a conviction of driving under the influence to have installed and operating an ignition interlock device for certain periods of time. It will also provide for the installation and certification of ignition interlock devices and provide penalties for violations, which could also become separate criminal acts. A person requiring an ignition interlock device will have to obtain a restricted driver license and will have to pay certain fees and penalties to the state.

If you have been arrested or charged with driving under the influence (DUI), it is important to contact an attorney to discuss your rights. Please call us today at (251) 945-5300 to speak with one of our attorneys about your DUI case.

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