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DUI - Drinking, Driving & the Law

DUI laws in Alabama have changed a bit in the past few years as the state attempts to crack down on a crime that kills people.

One of the changes is the Interlock device which may now be placed on your car, and is mandated in some cases. The other is the punishment for a high breath test; sentences are now doubled.

For instance, if you blow .15 or greater, you are going to be sentenced to serve double the punishment you would have received had you blown less than .15.

If the interlock device is ordered to be installed on your car, you’ll have to take an automatic breath test every time you get into your car. There are a lot of requirements about how you’re supposed to blow, which makes it complicated – and they are not very accurate.

However, if you have a drinking problem and you’re trying to stay out of jail, the Interlock may save your or someone else’s life. We’ve had people ask us about having this device put on the car of a loved one who has a drinking problem. If it’s going to prevent the driver from getting a DUI and hurting himself or someone else, it is definitely worth it.

If you are charged with a DUI for alcohol or drugs, and you’re found guilty, you have the right to appeal the verdict. But – you have only 14 days to file the appeal. And that is very important to keep in mind, which is where your attorney will be of help.

Can you receive a DUI for prescription drug use? It does happen. If you have a prescription, you are allowed to have it in all fifty states. But one common mistake we see is where people remove the pills to a travel box and leave the prescription bottle at home. This can cause you trouble if for any reason you are stopped by police.

If you travel anywhere with a prescription medicine, make sure you keep it in the prescription bottle. You also can be charged with a crime if that medicine is not in the bottle.

To find an attorney in your area, consult our Online Legal Directory. Many attorneys offer complimentary consultations and can help answer your legal questions.

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