Charged With A DUI In Alabama?
Nothing ignites that gut-level fear and apprehension like seeing the flashing lights of a squad car in your rearview mirror.
Getting pulled over and arrested for DUI can be a very intimidating and humiliating experience. You may be wondering if this one mistake will haunt you for the rest of your life – especially if your reputation is on the line as a professional or esteemed member of the community. And no matter your background, the prospect of navigating the justice system can seem incredibly daunting.
Get Help Building A Solid DUI Defense
Thankfully, you don’t have to face the charges alone. Attorney Patrick Prendergast at Prendergast Law LLC in Fairhope represents people from all walks of life facing DUI charges in Baldwin County and beyond. He draws on experience as a former prosecutor to provide individualized guidance on how best to approach your case. You can turn to him for representation against charges involving first-offense DUI or repeat offenses.
Drunk driving charges aren’t the only kind of DUI. You could also face charges for driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance – including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and controlled substances such as marijuana. Mr. Prendergast understands the nuances of DUIs involving drugs or alcohol, and he knows how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you.
Understanding DUI Penalties In Alabama
A first-offense DUI is generally a misdemeanor. However, a misdemeanor conviction can still lead to consequences such as:
- Jail time and probation
- Hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines
- A 90-day license suspension
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)
- Substance abuse evaluation and possible court-ordered treatment
Repeat offenses come with harsher penalties.
If this is your fourth offense within 10 years, it will be a Class C felony. That means mandatory jail time, steeper fines, a five-year revocation of your driver’s license, chemical dependency treatment and potential alcohol monitoring.
Protect Your Freedom, Reputation And Future
Any type of DUI charge can take a major toll on your life, especially if you don’t have good legal representation. Lawyer Prendergast can help you put this behind you, looking out for your rights and reputation each step of the way.