|Alabama DUI & DWI Penalties, Fines, & Suspension
||$600 to $2,100
||$1,100 to $5,100
||$2,100 to $10,000
||$4,100 to $10,000
|Driver’s License Suspension
Chemical Test Refusal
Refusing to adhere to a chemical test during a DUI arrest is considered a violation of Alabama’s implied consent law. The law states that all drivers are required to take a blood or breath test to determine BAC levels by a law enforcement officer. Refusing this test can lead to serious punishments put in place by the department of public safety.
1st offense: 90 day license suspension
2nd offense: 1 year license suspension
3rd offense: 1 year license suspension
An ignition interlock device or IID is a device that is connected to a vehicle’s ignition preventing it to start without a legal BAC level. The state of Alabama may require a person to install this in their car in order to regain driving rights after a DUI. The circumstances in which this will be required include: a first offense DUI with a BAC of .15 or higher, a DUI that caused an accident, refusal of a chemical test, a DUI conviction with a child in the vehicle or a second, third or fourth DUI offense.
A DUI will remain on your record for 5 years in Alabama. After that time the charge can be removed, but could be used against you if a second conviction occurs during that 5 year time period.
Alabama has no exceptions for a person under the age of 21 driving under the influence. A minor can receive a DUI with a BAC of .02% or above. Convictors will face imprisonment for up to 1 year, a fine from $600 to $2,100 and a license suspension of 30 days. Punishments and fines will increase with higher BAC levels or after multiple convictions.
DWI with a Child Passenger
Jail sentences are doubled if a driver is convicted of drinking and driving with a passenger under the age of 14 in the vehicle. In addition, the offender will be subject to a 90 day license suspension in which an ignition interlock device must be required for 2 years thereafter.
More on AL DUI Laws:
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency – Department of Public Safety – DUI Penalities: http://dps.alabama.gov/Home/wfContent.aspx?ID=40&PLH1=plhHighwayPatrol-DUIConvictions
Center for Disease Control – Alabama Drunk Driving Facts: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_al.pdf