Depending on the state, a driving while under the influence (DUI) conviction may be considered a felony or a misdemeanor. In many states, a first-offense DUI is considered a misdemeanor. Alabama is one of the many states that considers a first DUI as a misdemeanor. Not only does Alabama consider a first DUI a misdemeanor, but second and third DUI convictions as well. However, depending on the circumstances of the DUI, it could be a felony. It is crucial for individuals convicted of a felony DUI to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense lawyer. If you have been convicted of a DUI, don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable and skilled Baldwin County Criminal Defense Lawyer. Our firm is committed to defending our client’s rights and interests. We are on your side.
When is a DUI considered a felony in Alabama?
As mentioned above, a first-offense DUI is typically considered a misdemeanor. However, if a child was present in the motor vehicle at the time of the DUI, it may be considered a felony. Additionally, if an individual’s negligence led to a DUI-related accident resulting in catastrophic injuries or fatality, it could be considered a felony conviction. For the most part, DUI convictions are misdemeanors. However, under Alabama law, a fourth DUI conviction is a felony.
What are the potential penalties?
The consequences of a DUI conviction are serious. When determining the repercussions of a DUI, courts will only consider previous DUI convictions that occurred within the last ten years. Fourth DUI convictions are considered Class C felonies that result in hefty fines and jail time. In Alabama, individuals face a fine minimum of $4,100 and a maximum of $10,000 for a felony DUI. Individuals also face up to 10 years in jail. Class C felonies warrant imprisonment, individuals face a maximum of ten years in jail. An individual charged with a DUI will also have their standard driver’s license revoked for up to five years. They will also have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) for up to four years. Another potential penalty for a DUI is completing a chemical dependency program. If the court finds it necessary, an individual may need to complete a court-ordered substance abuse treatment. Furthermore, a fourth DUI penalty may entail probation for up to five years. The consequences of a DUI are extremely serious. Felonies have more serious consequences than misdemeanors.
In the unfortunate event, you or someone you love has been charged with a felony DUI conviction, contact our experienced and determined team members. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our criminal defense lawyers who can help defend your rights. Our firm is ready to fight on your behalf today.