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First Conviction (Misdemeanor)

  • Fine: $500-$2000
  • Imprisonment: Up to 1 year
  • Mandatory: 90-day license suspension, DUI school

Second Conviction

  • Fine: $1000-$5000, plus additional $100 to Impaired Drivers Trust Fund
  • Imprisonment: 48 consecutive hours, up to 1 year, or not less than 20 days community service
  • Mandatory: Not less than 48 hours consecutive imprisonment or community service of not less than 20 days
  • DL Recovation: 1 year

Third Conviction

  • Fine: $2000-$10,000, plus additional $100 to Impaired Drivers Trust Fund
  • Imprisonment: 60 days, up to 1 year
  • Mandatory: 60 day imprisonment which cannot be probated or suspended
  • DL Recovation: 3 years

Fourth Conviction

  • Fine: $4000-$10,000
  • Imprisonment: 1-10 years
  • DL Recovation: 5 years

From the moment you are arrested for DUI, your rights and freedoms are at stake. Alabama’s “implied consent” law requires you to take either a breath, blood or urine test if arrested for DUI. Refusal to submit to testing will result in a 90 day suspension of license for the 1st offense, 1 year suspension for the 2nd offense.


The first, most important step you can take when arrested for a DUI, is to contact an experience, local DUI attorney to examine the details of your arrest. An experienced DUI attorney will be able to recognize potential mistakes made during the arrest or possible violations of the driver’s rights under Alabama’s DUI law, which could result in a DUI charge dismissal. It is also important to remember, if your driver’s license was suspended for refusal to submit to testing, you only have 10 days to request a hearing. Contact an experienced DUI attorney to have all options explained. CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION, 256-533-3220.

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