Birmingham DUI Lawyer
Experienced Defense Against DUI Charges in Alabama
When facing a DUI charge in Alabama, it's crucial to have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who can provide you with the guidance and representation you need. At the Law Office of Brad J. Latta, we specialize in DUI cases, offering our clients expert legal assistance to navigate the complexities of Alabama DUI laws. Our dedicated team is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients, utilizing our extensive experience and in-depth understanding of the legal landscape.
Call The Law Office of Brad J. Latta today at (205) 236-7134 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our DUI attorney in Birmingham!
Alabama DUI Laws
Alabama's DUI laws are designed to deter individuals from operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ensuring road safety for all. Under Alabama law, a driver can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher or their vehicle ability is impaired due to alcohol or drugs. This law applies to prescription and over-the-counter medications that could affect a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely.
Additionally, Alabama has an implied consent law, meaning drivers automatically consent to a BAC test by operating a vehicle if law enforcement suspects them of driving under the influence. Refusing a BAC test can lead to immediate license suspension.
What are the Penalties for a DUI in Alabama?
The penalties for a DUI conviction in Alabama can be severe, ranging from fines and license suspension to jail time and mandatory participation in substance abuse programs. The severity of the penalties largely depends on factors such as the number of prior DUI convictions, the driver's BAC level, and whether there were any aggravating circumstances.
For a first-time DUI offense, penalties may include:
- Fines ranging from $600 to $2,100
- Up to one year of probation
- Mandatory attendance at a DUI school
- Suspended driver's license for 90 days
- Possible imprisonment for up to 1 year
Subsequent offenses carry even more substantial penalties, including longer license suspension, higher fines, and extended periods of imprisonment. In cases where aggravating factors, such as causing injury or death, are involved, the consequences can be even more severe.
Defenses Against DUI Charges
At the Law Office of Brad J. Latta, we understand that every DUI case is unique, and we approach each one with a tailored defense strategy. Our experienced attorneys explore various avenues to build a strong defense, aiming to reduce charges or have them dismissed entirely. Some common defenses we may employ include:
- Challenging the Traffic Stop: Law enforcement must have a valid reason to stop a driver. Any evidence obtained after that may be inadmissible if the stop was made without reasonable suspicion.
- Questioning Field Sobriety Tests: Field sobriety tests are not always accurate indicators of impairment. We examine whether they were administered correctly and if other factors could have affected the results.
- Analyzing BAC Test Procedures: Breathalyzer and blood tests must follow proper procedures. We scrutinize the testing process and equipment maintenance to identify potential inaccuracies.
- Medical Conditions and Medications: Certain medical conditions and medications can mimic the effects of alcohol impairment. We investigate whether these factors played a role in the arrest.
- Constitutional Violations: If your rights were violated during the arrest or investigation, the evidence collected due to these violations may be suppressed in court.
Contact Our Birmingham DUI Attorney Today
When you're facing a DUI charge in Alabama, having an experienced and skilled attorney on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. At the Law Office of Brad J. Latta, we are dedicated to providing top-notch legal representation for individuals dealing with DUI charges. Our team will meticulously analyze the details of your case, explore potential defenses, and work tirelessly to protect your rights and future. Your future and freedom are worth fighting for, and we're here to stand by your side.
Contact The Law Office of Brad J. Latta today to schedule a consultation with our DUI lawyer in Birmingham!
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