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    Alabama DUI & DWI

    You’ll face harsh consequences from both the Alabama courts and the AL Department of Public Safety (DPS) if you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).

    Depending on the severity of your DUI, the circumstances of your offense and your driving history, you may face varying degrees of jail time, fines, driver’s license suspensions, and reinstatement requirements.

    On this page you’ll find information about the definitions of a DUI/DWI, the penalties you may face, and the reinstatement requirements you may need to satisfy to regain your driving privileges.

    Alabama DUI Definitions

    In Alabama, driving under the influence is defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of:

    • 0.08% or more.
    • 0.04% or more in a commercial vehicle.
    • 0.02% or more, if you are younger than 21 years old.

    Depending on the nature of your offense, you may receive a DUI or alcohol-related offense for driving with a BAC that is lower than the legal limits above. For more information, contact the AL DPS.

    DUI Penalties in Alabama

    The consequences and penalties you’ll face after being arrested for and convicted of a DUI will come from both the court and the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS).

    The court and AL DPS penalties you may face are as follows:

    • For a 1st offense of a DUI, you may receive:
      • Up to 1 year in jail.
      • A fine of $500 to $2,000, plus a charge of $100 for the Impaired Drivers Trust Fund.
      • A driver’s license suspension for 90 days.
      • Required attendance at a DUI treatment and education program.
    • For a 2nd offense, you may face:
      • 48 hours to 1 year in jail.
      • 20 days of community service.
      • A fine of $1,000 to $5,000, plus a $100 fee for the Impaired Drivers Trust Fund.
      • A driver’s license revocation for 1 year.
    • For a 3rd offense of a DUI within 5 years, you may face:
      • 60 days to 1 year in jail.
      • A fine of $2,000 to $10,000, plus $100 for the Impaired Drivers Trust Fund.
      • A driver’s license revocation of 3 years.
    • For a 4th offense or subsequent offenses within 5 years, you may face:
      • Prison time of 1 to 10 years.
      • A fine of $4,000 to $10,000.
      • A driver’s license revocation for 5 years.

    Your penalties may vary depending on the circumstances and severity of your DUI.

    Alabama Ignition Interlock Requirements

    Ignition interlock devices are designed to hook up to your vehicle’s ignition system and require you to pass a BAC/breathalyzer test before your car will start.

    You may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle if you:

    • Received a 1st offense of a DUI with a BAC of 0.15% or more.
    • Caused an accident as the result of your DUI.
    • Committed a DUI with a passenger younger than 14 years old in the car.
    • Have committed multiple DUIs.

    For more information and for a list of approved interlock device installation facilities, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety website.

    Reinstating Your AL Driver’s License

    After completing the requirements of your DUI court conviction and finishing your driver’s license suspension/revocation period, you’ll need to reinstate your driver's license with the Alabama DPS.

    While your specific reinstatement requirements will vary depending on the specifics of your court sentence and the severity of your DUI, you may need to:

    • Pay reinstatement fees.
    • Submit proof of financial responsibility. (Typically with an SR22 form from your car insurance provider.)
    • Complete an alcohol/drug treatment, education, and evaluation program.
    • Pass any required Alabama DPS tests (may include both written and road tests).

    For more information about some of your possible reinstatement requirements, please visit our Suspended License in Alabama page.

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