Holiday Season DUIs

Holiday Season DUIs

For most people, holidays are special. This is the time of year where families gather together, and friends alike, to celebrate and be festive. For others, the holiday season can be a depressing and stressful time of the year. No matter which side of the spectrum you may fall, drinking may be a part of your holiday season. Drinking in your home or a place that you will be stationary is fine; the problems occur when you drink and decide to drive.

The holiday season increases the number of accidents; therefore, there is typically a coinciding increase in DUI checkpoints at this time. Because of the significance that drinking and driving can impact your life, it is invaluable to seek legal representation and advice if you receive a DUI this holiday season. 

The Consequences of a DUI

From right after Thanksgiving into the New Year, DUIs dramatically increase not only in Alabama but throughout the United States. For this state, the numbers correlate with alcohol-related accidents and, most recently, alcohol-related deaths. If you are charged with a DUI, the consequences are dependent on any prior DUIs within the most recent ten years.

Alabama First DUI

  • fines
  • license suspension for 90 days

Alabama Second DUI

  • fines
  • up to five days in jail
  • license suspension for one year

Alabama Third DUI

  • fines
  • up to 60 days in jail
  • license suspension for up to three years

Alabama’s Implied Consent Law for BAC Tests

Alabama has an implied consent law stating anyone operating a motor vehicle in the state has consented to a blood alcohol content test. Police officers must have reasonable grounds to stop you and request a BAC test; however, if you then refuse to submit to a sobriety test, automatic fines and license suspension for 90 days follow.

Navigate a DUI with Legal Representation

Receiving a DUI is never fun, but quickly finding peace of mind can seem more imperative to enjoy the holidays. Contact MSN attorneys to handle the stress and details on your behalf.


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