DUI & DWI in Alabama
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are the same offense in the state of Alabama. The terms may be used interchangeably.
In Alabama, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08% or more. The state places a .04% limit on commercial drivers. Drivers under 21 years old and those who operate a school bus or day care van have limits of .02%.
According to Alabama law, you must consent to breath, urine, or blood tests to determine your alcohol and drug levels. If you refuse, your license will be suspended.
Drinking and driving is dangerous and costly for everyone involved. For the driver, a 1st conviction for a DWI/DUI carry penalties of a fine ($500-$2,000), and/or 1 year in jail, as well as mandatory DUI school attendance. A 1st conviction also causes you to lose your license for 90 days.
A 2nd conviction bears greater fines ($1,000-$5,000) and/or 1 year in jail, plus a mandatory 48 hours in jail or 20 days of community service. This conviction will cause you to have your license revoked for 1 year. You'll also be subject to a fine of $100 for the Impaired Drivers Trust Fund.
With each subsequent DWI/DUI conviction, the penalties are increased further. For more details, visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety website.
Be smart! If you must drink, don't drive. If you must drive, don't drink. Always appoint a designated driver before you start drinking.Organ Donation Survey
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